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Sewer Jetting Equipment Basics
There are a lot of different options when it comes to sewer jetter nozzles, hose, etc. How can you pick the setup that is right for you? A few minutes below can be a big help in
knowing what to pick or what to buy. So, let’s get right into it:
There are a lot of options in sewer jetting. Each nozzle, line and machine can enable you to do more or different things as far as cleaning drain lines. Read on:
Parts of a Sewer Jetting Setup:
Nozzles: Nozzles are what break apart blockages in drain lines. There are a lot of great options.
Hoses: Different than regular pressure washer hoses, sewer jetting hoses are specifically made to maneuver around corners in drain lines and other tough spots.
Sewer Jetting Machines: Yes, you can use a pressure washer with sewer jetting hoses and nozzles. But there are advantages to buying a specific sewer jetting machine, see the section on this below.
Unlike regular pressure washing, where you may have one standard type hose (usually 3/8” and a few nozzles, sewer jetting often requires a number of different options and sizes of things:
You may need different sizes of sewer jetter hoses (for example 1/8”, ¼”, 3/8”, 5/16”). This is because you may trying to unclog different diameter drain lines.
- You may need different sizes of sewer jetter nozzles. Again because you may have different size drain lines.
- You may need different TYPEs of jetter nozzles. Laser, Cornering, Ram, Rotating. Each do different things and can unclog different drain lines.
Sewer Jetter Hose
Question: What size (diameter or thickness) Sewer Jetter Hose Should I Get?
Answer: Pick the right size sewer jetter hose for the size pipe you’re going to be using it on:
- 1”-3” diameter pipe- Use 1/8” jetter hose.
- 2”-4” diameter pipe- Use ¼: jetter hose.
- 4”- 88” diameter pipe- Use 3/8” or 5/16” jetter hose.
Question: Any Factors I Need To Know to Pick the Right Hose?
Answer: Know how much flow (GPM) Your Sewer Jetter Hose can Handle. In other words, what is my pressure washer or sewer jetting machine putting out?
- 1/8" - Up to 1.5 GPM
- 1/4" - Up to 2.5 GPM
- 5/16" Up to 3.5 GPM
- 3/8" - Up to 5.0 GPM
- 1/2" - Up to 8.0 GPM
Sewer Jetting Nozzles
Question: What Types of Sewer Jetter Nozzles Are There and What Do They Do?
Answer: Here are the main ones:
Laser: 1 orifice sprays forward and 3 orifices spray backwards. Excellent for forward cleaning, cuts through blockages, ice and other debris.
Cornering: A single jet at 90 degrees to the two rear facing jets allows the hose to negotiate tight 90 degree bends or tees. This nozzle will get through bends that the other nozzles won't make
Ram: Do not have a forward spraying orifice, but have 3 orifices angled backwards. The wide spray pattern of the RAM nozzle provides maximum thrust to propel the hose down the line while providing thorough pipe cleaning action as the hose is pulled back.
Rotating: Do not have a forward spraying orifice, but have 3 orifices angled backwards and to the side. Better for removing build up from the walls of the pipe or tube.
Question: What Type(s) of Sewer Jetter Nozzles Should I Get?
Answer: A decent enough selection so you can tackle most things you come up against. Some get one of each of the main ones: Laser, Cornering, Ram, Rotating. We do carry full kits that make it easy to cover your bases.
Question: How Do I Determine Which Orifice Size I’ll Need?
Answer: A Full Answer is found on this page here.
Sewer Jetting Machines
Question: What’s the difference between a regular pressure washer and a sewer jetting machine?
Answer: While most people know a pressure washer can be used to clean and pressure wash things, a sewer jetter machine is a bit different. It is usually more self-contained, with a roll cage on the cart, a hose reel and sometimes with hose. And in most cases it will work out of the box with sewer jetting hose and nozzles. Whereas at times a pressure washer will need to be adapted to work.
Question: What are the pluses and minuses of using a sewer jetting machine vs. a regular pressure washer?
In favor of using a pressure washer: Cost-If you’re only going to use the sewer jetter nozzle a few times. Perhaps you’re a homeowner, restaurant owner and are only going to use it very rarely, a pressure washer can be a cost saver.
#1: If you already own a pressure washer, then you’re saving the cost of buying a sewer jetting machine, which is significant.
#2: Also, you can use the pressure washer for other things, cleaning other areas, etc.
In favor of using a sewer jetting machine: A true commercial grade sewer jetting machine is a good fit if you’re going to be unclogging drains regularly. It may be you have a number of restaurants you own, rentals you own, or a large property such as a hotel.
#1: Having a dedicated machine could save you a lot vs. calling the plumber for every clog you can’t get unclogged.
#2: A true commercial grade machine will last longer and be perfectly set up for unclogging drains. If you have a pressure washer on site that you already use often, you won’t be taking that away from other workers every time you need to unclog a drain.
Question: Can’t I Just Use The Pressure Washer I Already Have?
Answer: Yes, but you may need to do some adapting to be able to use it with the correct sewer jetting hoses and nozzles. Also, it must be the correct GPM & PSI to handle what you want to use it for.