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What Is A High Pressure Water Jet And How Does It Work?

High pressure water jets have revolutionised the way blocked drains are cleared today. Fast, efficient and with minimum damage to the surrounding areas, high pressure water jets are the new buzz word in drain cleaning today. No more laborious and messy digging and cutting to unblock drains. The high pressure water cleaning system simply blasts the blockage through the drain!

How Does It Work? 

Over time, seemingly harmless deposits of grease, detergents, hair and other thingamajigs that find their way down the drain will start to accumulate and obstruct the flow of water. As the water slows down, more materials get accumulated, blocking the drain completely and causing the water to back up. Another common cause of blocked drains is tree roots that exploit existing defects in pipes in their search for water and nutrients. Once inside the pipe, the continuous flow of water and nutrients helps them thrive and spread out even more, resulting in a dense mass that causes a drain blockage.

High pressure water jets operate at pressures that are in the range of 1000 psi to 5000 psi. At this high pressure, the flow of water acts as a sharp knife and cuts through whatever is blocking the drain, whether it is the build up of accumulated gunk from the household pipes or tree root intrusions. As it cuts through the blockage, the powerful force of the water dislodges the debris and sediment and carries it away down the drain.

These jets are capable of operating at pressures as high as 20,000 psi but at anything higher than 5000 psi, it is powerful enough to cut through the pipe. Unless absolutely necessary, very rarely will any Sydney plumber exceed 5000 psi for unblocking a drain.

Shower Drain Maintenance

Add Power To Your Shower Drain Maintenance With These Easy Tips

When water starts filling up around your ankles while you were taking a shower, you know it is way past clean-up time. Not only is a blocked shower drain unclean but it can also play havoc with your bathroom floor and lead to leaks and drips in other areas. This in turn can cause ugly and unhealthy mould growth in various areas of your house. The fact is, all of this unpleasantness can be easily avoided. Regular shower drain maintenance is the best way to save yourself time, trouble and money and also maintain a healthy environment in your home.


What Causes Blocked Shower Drains?

Accumulated hair is one of the major causes of shower drain blockages. Over a period of time, the hair that does not get cleared out from the drain creates a mesh of sorts. Shampoo residue, dirt and debris get entangled in it and lead to a drain blockage. It doesn’t take long for a build-up of this kind to take place and before you know it, you will be bathing in a shallow swimming pool.


Shower Drain Maintenance Tips

Maintaining your shower drain requires nothing more than just keeping it clean and free of debris.

Here are a few simple tips for keep your shower drain clog free:

  • Keep It Clean: The simplest thing you could do to avoid a blocked shower drain is to keep it clean. Pick up hair when you see it lying there as you shower. Use a drain basket or a screen to catch the major part of the hair before it escapes into the drain. 
  • Use The Plunger Regularly- This simple device is a blessing in disguise. A few plunger-pushes every other day will dislodge any obstacles and help the water drain out more quickly. 
  • Use An Enzyme-Based Detergent – Enzyme-based drain cleaners work effectively to break up grease, proteins as well as other stubborn deposits. Simply pour a cupful of the cleaner down the drain, let it sit for an hour and then flush it down with boiling hot water.
  • Vinegar & Baking Soda Works Like Magic - Dump 1/3rd cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar into the drain. Cover the fizzing drain with a rag or an upturned bowl and leave it. Flush it out with boiling hot water after about 10-15 minutes.


Despite all the maintenance measures mentioned above, if the drain situation seems more than you can handle by yourself, call in a professional plumber