Nick's Plumbing Live Video Transcription:
On today’s show, it’s all about hydrojetting in Houston, John Eccels, Richard Saad, another week, another discussion, and another discussion. That’s right. So what is hydrojetting well, why do you need it? Yeah, why would you want it? And what benefit do I get from getting that service done? Those are the questions today,
right John? Absolutely it is. I think first I need answers. First, let’s tell our audience, um, what the difference between the hydrojetting is and what a drain cable or a snake drain or drain snake. What are the differences? Because both of them do similar jobs, right? That’s right. Absolutely. So you firstly your drain cable, right?
Exactly what you said, right? That’s a cable goes on a machine, it’s got high torque, so you’re running a cable through your drain and there’s different heads that we can put onto that cable that can perform different tasks, but the one that most people use is, it’s called a root cutter and it’s Kinda like a u shape like this and it goes around the pipe and it grabs anything in that pipe and wraps it up or cuts it to where you can then pull it back out of that pipe or freed up to for free it up so it can flow through. So why would you want to use a drain cable? Well, it’s great for stoppages. Absolutely. You don’t know what stopping the pipe up, right? That’s right. But it’s not a cleaning tool. It’s an unstoppable tool. Yeah. We’re,
we’re going folks. Yeah, I mean, so you gotta kind of, you know, use your imagination a little bit, but the cable on those things or three quarter inch cable and you’re putting it down a four inch clean out the cutters only three inch, right? Yeah, you will. You can buy them up to say, okay, well I’m talking about that. We’re going to put down the four inch pipe we don’t write because it’s so it moves around in that pipe and it doesn’t necessarily get all of it, so it’ll hit a chunk missing chunk and it’ll kind of piece it’s way through that pipe. Now it does. Like you said, there’s a great job on stopping it. Sorry I got hung up there. It’ll do a great job and stopping it and moving stuff down. But what you just said was key. We’re looking for something that’s going to clean that line. And the hydro jet absolutely does that. It’s the thing that um, we’ll take our pipe to as near new condition as possible. Right? A cable assess drain snake just won’t do that. It won’t do that. It’ll chew through those stoppages and get it down the way. But these hydro jets will take that pipe to as near new condition as that pipe is possible to getting.
That’s right. All right. Where would you really need that though, John? Right? What do we need it on our four inch lines? Do we need it on r three, two, we need it on our two inches,
most commonly used right in the kitchen area is the most common that, that’s a big one. Um, believe it or not, area drains. It’s a big one. Um, and we’ll explain why that is. The kitchen drain is because of coagulation of grease. So people tend to put a lot of stuff done there. Kitchen drain that probably doesn’t go down there, but it’s okay. You know, they, they think once it exits out of the sink, it’s gone forever and you never have to worry about it. A lot of grease, lot of stuff that sticks together and it starts coagulating is it? I say that right? That’s the first of all, I set it on there, coagulate and onto the walls of the pipe and it starts, you know, bearing down and reducing that pipe and create some flow restriction, uh, to get that stuff out. I’m sorry, go ahead.
I was going to say it a little bit more in depth on that. How does it get into your pipe? Right? So here’s what you should do. You guys always scrape your plate into a Trashcan, period. That’s the safest thing that you can ever do. Try to put the least amount of down that kitchen sink. Well, you know people are going say, well, I have a garbage disposal. What’s that for? I understand you have a garbage disposal. I have one to two. You have one and I put very little down that garbage disposal. I scrape everything. Okay, so a garbage disposal you should use just the rents, get everything off of that plate, goes down into the garbage disposal and then you send it and then it sends it through the piping structure. Right. The big thing is after you scrape a plate, you wash a plate.
There is always residual on a plate, whether you can see it or not, that Greece will go down and it will only go so far and then it will get stuck in the pipe. Try it is not going all the way out to the city sewer supply most of the time. Most of the time it’s sticking in your piping structure. Yeah. So what that hydro jet will do it. It’s just like a high pressure spray. It’s a pressure washer. Think of it like that. Pressure Washer. That’s not good for the inside. Yeah, for the inside of your pipe. You know, if you’ve ever a company to come out and power wash your concrete driveway, your sidewalk or your house. Same process with the pipe. We’ve got highly sophisticated heads that pole in clean and wash that pipe all different directions. And when it comes out of there, it looks brand new. You guys, it is awesome. So when should you do that in the kitchen sink line? Let’s say that. Should we do it every 10 years, every year?
Five, what would you tell them to people? So what I would recommend, and this is coming from a guy I use my garbage disposal bunch, I’m the bad guy. Shame on you. He’s the good guy. Bad Guy. I throw everything down there. I do. Um, if my drain line backs up at all, I’m going to get the. I’m going to get the hydro jet right. And all that’s going to do is prolong the next time that I have to do because I know that I’m gonna have to do it at some point in time because you keep putting stuff if you’re, if you’re, if you’re calling in for service and you’re a typical person or it’s a house that you haven’t lived in since it was built, I would suggest getting the hydro jet 100 percent of the time. That way that you know that pipes can be taken near new condition. The cost difference isn’t extremely, you know, you know, on the spectrums. So it’s pretty, you know, it’s relative, right? So I would absolutely 100 percent of the time on a kitchen line do the hydro jet.
So here’s what I would tell people one step further. So when do you need it? Right. Okay. Well if you’re, if you’re a guy like me that doesn’t put anything down there, I scrape everything. Just a little bit of residual every five to 10 years. Yeah. I’d say do a hydro jet, get that pipe looking brand new. But if you’re John Shoving the Turkey, the chicken and everything else down there, getting, I would probably do it about every couple of years or if you have an immediate problem. That’s right. Yeah. Now commercially is a different story. Yeah. If, if you’ve got a commercial restaurant, you are going to be doing hydrojetting a lot more. Well yeah. So we’re going to show you guys some pictures of how that pipe looks and the inside of a pipe, a one, it is full of grease and it is nasty, nasty and it will pull all the grease out of that pipe. So if you’ve got a commercial business, you probably need to do hydrojetting about every six months. Why do you think that is? Great. All the grease goes down their line. Yeah. Then it goes to the grease trap.
You think you think some of it. You know, I always, always, I don’t know why I always think this, but like they have employees there, right? It’s not, their building is not there. Correct. So there’s a little bit more, um, Ms Dot Anna Lynn, I guess I would say typically don’t care what they put down the sink, you know, in their defense, they do scrape a lot in trash cans. Yeah. Oh yeah. They really do. I’ve waited tables. I. Yeah. Oh yeah. You did wait tables. So they do scrape a lot in the trash, but I think
it’s the high volume that gets them. Yeah. It’s all the time all the time. And I also think it depends on let’s take food in what produces the most grease. Yeah. Mexican food. Yeah. Yeah. Barbecue. Yeah. Those two types of restaurants are extremely hard on our plumbing systems. Now let’s take Greek food or Italian food. I mean, you’re eating salads and such. I mean, it’s not taking havoc on the pipe. Like you said, maybe Mexican food, Mexican food. It’s hard on your plumbing system. I was like a hit sometimes, but no, you’re right though. There’s lighter, lighter affairs aren’t as tough on the plumbing system. That’s right. Yeah. They’re not producing as much greases. Barbecue and Mexican food. Chinese food is pretty bad too. Know Chinese food. Let’s throw that in the group of heavy grease, so you guys, if you’re watching the show, I would highly recommend getting your lines, um, hydrojetting probably every six months and that’s going to keep a plumbing company from coming out there under emergency.
Yeah, absolutely. You know, unless something changes with your business and you start cooking other things or throwing more things down there, but it’s really going to keep us away and whether you realize it or not, if you get a stoppage, the health department walks in there, you’re instantly shut down. What is the cost factor of that? Hydrojetting is going to be much cheaper to do routine, routine maintenance versus downtime adverse then versus downtime, and they always happen at the worst times. Absolutely not going to happen even at your home, right? It never happened is when you’re having a release giving, it happens when you have family over. Someone flew in from out of town or something. That always happens at dry and so what I would do, and even as a homeowner, I would do routine maintenance. It’s very important, I think very little homeowners from a plumbing standpoint do maintenance. Oh yeah, absolutely. Maintenance. Your water heater. You should maintenance and do hydrojetting. I’m on the same frequency. That’s what I would do. Yeah. You may get your AC system. I mean these things need maintenance. Well, yeah. True investment, right? That’s right. You need to take care of it much. Ryan, you changed the oil in your car, right? No.
Yeah. So. Hey, real quick, before we get out of here, I want to talk about the area drains real quick because that’s another thing where they were hydro jet really comes with the help because a lot of times those catch basins, right? They have ways to filter out, but a lot of times there’s some debris that gets down in there, you know, especially dirt sand leaves and that stuff will definitely stick to that pipe and not be taken to where it needs to be. So if you ever have a yard, drainer and area during this not working properly and it needs in, your thinking needs to be cleaned out. Absolutely. Go with the hydro jet because you need to pull all of that debris out in the cable. This drain snake is not going to do that for you. I don’t care. Anybody tells you
it’ll. It’ll create flow. Have you have a stoppage and then they’re absolutely backing up, but if they’re draining slow and stuff, a lot of times you got buildup up on the bottom. Absolutely. Ask for the hydro jet to pull it out. That’s right. And that applies residentially and commercially. Yeah, absolutely. We’ve got different hydro jet machines that we have that we own so we can go from the smallest piping to the largest pipe to get these things done. So we’ve got three different jet machines. You guys and they all do something a little bit different and there for different application, but we can handle all of your Jedi needs from the small piping to the large piping. You remember my saying what the cable is able, but the jetter is better. I like that. Absolutely it is. So if you need help around this thinking that you want it, if you want to discuss it further, call us. We’ll give you the information that you need to make a good decision for you. So thank you guys. Thank y’all so much.