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What is Hydro Jetting?

The name virtually speaks for itself. Hydro means water and jetting is something that moves very fast. Thus, hydro jetting is where water is moved very fast to clear out clogged drains and sewer lines. This is the basic idea anyways.

Dirt Cheap Sewer in Seattle offers the best hydro jetting services, along with sewer repairs and maintenance. We've made a name for ourselves as being the go-to for any outdoor sewer repair, from trenchless sewer repair to sewer excavation services. Below, we'll take a bit more in-depth look at hydro jetting and when you might need a hydro jetting service. Call today!


Beyond using a high-powered spurt of water, hydro jetting is a relatively new technology in the plumbing industry that is more environmentally-friendly and less wasteful than other methods of clearing clogged sewer lines and drains.

Basically, a nozzle is fed through the clogged or drained pipe,working from the bottom up. This allows the broken up particles during the hydro jetting process to drain down through gravity. The pressure from the water can self-propel it if need be. There are different types of nozzles that can be used, depending on if we know what material is the source of the clog. When the clog is found, the water is moving at such high force that it acts like a very sharp knife and cuts the clog away. The material, be it food, grease, and more, begins to dissolve, thus ending your clog problem.

Before you begin, however, often your outdoor plumber, such as Dirt Cheap Sewer in Seattle, will use a video inspection kit to see what the clog is. Also, hydro jetting can cause old piping to break, so it's always prudent to investigate the piping before just indiscriminately blasting away at it. Sometimes, a more traditional snake is used first in order to break up heavier material, such as extremely thick tree roots. A video analysis may be done afterwards as well to ensure the entire clog is removed.


  • Built-up sand, silt, and scale

  • Hair clogs

  • Grease and food particle buildup

  • Tree roots

  • Other sludge and debris

  • Articles that should not have gotten down a drain, like diapers


  • Hydro jetting is more effective than traditional snaking. Snaking only puts a hole in the clog, allowing for water to move in and out. However, the residue on the walls remain, meaning that, odds are, you will have a clogged drain again in the future. Hydro jetting eliminates all parts of the clog.

  • Hydro jetting is environmentally-friendly, using no harsh chemicals

  • Hydro jetting makes cleaning safer since you don't have to open up piping to clean.

  • Hydro jetting cleans out accumulated bacteria.

  • Hydro jetting saves you money because you don't have to do it as often.

  • Hydro jetting can get rid of big or little clogs for both your residence or your commercial business.

  • Hydro jetting can also be used for preventative maintenance. Hydro jetting cleans out pipes, so it's a good thing to have done every now and again for your sewer lines and drains. It's a good idea to have this done before you move into a new home or commercial building. You can also invest in video inspection services. This can save you a lot of trouble down the road.


Dirt Cheap Sewer has been serving the people of Seattle and the greater Seattle area from Everett to Tacoma with the best sewer repair and sewer line replacement services. We usually start with a sewer inspection once you give us a call so that we can find the underlying problem. We utilize video camera inspections in order to better see the problem so we can plan a sewer repair. We will present our findings to you and then get to work, fixing your sewer line at the root of the problem (pardon the pun). Once we're finished, we will make sure you are 100% satisfied with the service you received.

In addition, Dirt Cheap Sewer offers trenchless sewer repair, sewer excavation, and sewer line maintenance. Keeping your sewer lines healthy is our job, and we love what we do. Call today for a free estimate!