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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.


Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

What's The Difference Between Hydro Jetting And Snaking?

by Kelly Simmons

Many homeowners have to clean their sewers on a regular basis in order to keep their system free from clogs. This is especially true on properties with older sewers that have been penetrated by roots from nearby trees. There are two types of sewer cleaning methods available to homeowners: hydro jetting and snaking. Understanding the differences between the two types of sewer cleaning methods can help you pick the right type of sewer cleaning for you.

What's the difference between sewer snaking and hydro jetting?

Hydro jetting is a type of sewer cleaning that uses a strong surge of water to clear a path through the sewer. The jet of water that is flushed into the system is so powerful that it rips away tree roots, clears clogs and flushes out debris inside the sewer.

Snaking is a more traditional type of sewer cleaning. A sewer snake is a tool also called an auger. Sewer augers are similar to electrical plumbing snakes. These tools consist of a cable that's sharp and coiled on the end. When the coil at the end punctures the clog, the clog gets stuck to the cable, and when the cable is removed from the sewer, the clog comes with it.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of hydro jetting?

The major advantage of hydro jetting is that it's highly effective. Sewers that are cleaned by hydro jetting are practically emptied of debris. Even tree roots are snapped off and carried away on the surge of water. Hydro jetting is also very quick, because it doesn't take long for a strong surge of water to clear the sewer.

The disadvantage of hydro jet cleaning is that the surge of water can be so strong that older, more fragile sewer systems can actually be damaged by the pressure.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of sewer snaking?

Sewer snaking is the traditional method for cleaning sewers. Snaking is gentle on sewers and poses no threat to fragile pipes that are likely to break. Sewer snaking definitely works, even if it doesn't work quite as effectively as hydro jetting.

The disadvantage of sewer snaking is that it clears a relatively narrow path through the sewer, which means clogs can re-occur much more quickly.

How can you know which method is right for your sewer?

If you have a newer sewer, you can pick which ever type of method you want. If your sewer is older, you may have to stick with sewer snaking. Your sewer cleaner will be able to tell you which method your sewer can handle. To find out more, contact your sewer cleaning service and schedule an appointment.