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What Is High Pressure Water Flushing?

By 28 January 2020January 5th, 2023Winnipeg plumbers

Pipes are, by their nature, very difficult to clean thoroughly. They only have a couple of access points, they bend and snake about, and their interiors are often quite compact. This not only makes them difficult to clean through conventional means, it also creates plenty of spaces where it’s easy for grime to build up. There are a lot of different ways to clean pipes out, from drain cleaners to plumbing snakes, but one of the most novel and comprehensive solutions in recent years has been using high pressure water flushing.


High pressure water flushing is known by many names – you might hear it called hydrojetting, or simply high pressure flushing. You probably already know how effective water can be for cleaning things – just think of pressure washing! Another advantage of water as a means of cleaning your pipes is that it’s more environmentally friendly than chemicals.


When we conduct high pressure water flushing, we start downstream. The water flows very quickly up through the pipe, then gravity pulls it all back down, taking any grime and debris with it. Water takes up as much space as it can, so this technique is guaranteed to flush every nook and cranny of your pipes. High pressure flushing is even used to clean oil spills; that gives you an idea of its effectiveness.  


The technique, however, is not without its flaws. To use it, you need to have a very thorough understanding of how pipes are constructed, the wear and tear on particular pipes, and the types of blockages that exist in those pipes. As an example, high pressure washing is not particularly good at clearing blockages created by tree roots. Even if tree roots are destroyed, they will just grow back! What’s more, using the wrong pressure when employing the technique could end up destroying the pipes, which is much worse than a simple clog.


High pressure water flushing is particularly useful in commercial environments, especially in restaurants. A variety of fatty, sticky deposits respond particularly well to high pressure flushing – think grease, oil, and other cooking by-products. Commercial enterprises have more on the line, too – clogged drains and plumbing problems can lead to closure, and that can lead to significant losses. It’s a good idea to have your system washed as a preventive measure on a yearly basis to reduce the chances of blockage. Keep in mind that all the hydrojetting in the world won’t do the work of a grease trap!  Grease traps are mandated by the City of Winnipeg for many commercial enterprises. Don’t worry, though – we can help you with your grease trap too. 


Looking for commercial plumbing in Winnipeg? Look no further. We can help you with preventive maintenance, we can get rid of clogs, we can clean and install grease traps; whatever you need, we’re there for you. We might recommend high pressure water flushing or we might not – it all depends on your pipes, how they’re used, and what condition they’re in. Whatever we do recommend you can trust we’ve come by it honestly. We have the best plumbing team in Winnipeg and we only want the best for you and your business. 

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