Clogged Drains

Hydro-Jett: How It’s Done

by raleigh plumbers on March 24, 2014

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Our new Hydro-Jett Clear & Clean service blasts through built-up soap scum, sediment, sand, scale, grease, mineral, leaves, hair and roots in even the most troublesome commercial lines and grease drains. How do we do it?

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1. Hose insertion. Our Poole’s Plumbing technicians insert the Hydro-Jett hose with its cleaning head into your clogged line. This cleaning head will be what provides the powerful blasts of water that will eliminate your problem.

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2. Initial inspection. Our technicians use our video camera to inspect the initial state of the clogged line in question, allowing us to quickly take stock of the exact situation and the severity of the clog within your drain. This camera equipment is already attached to the end of the inserted Hydro-Jett hose, and as always with Poole’s, you’ll never pay extra for our camera services.


3.  Activation of the cleaning head. Once we feel initial inspection of your backed-up line has been sufficiently performed, we activate the Hydro-Jett system’s cleaning head. At the end of the hose is a cleaning head which delivers the power-packed cleaning punch desired: A 3500 PSI stream of water that attacks the build-up in your drain at a variety of angles.

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4. Advancing the hose. We run the hose along the drain, taking extra care around areas with particular amounts of build-up. We may make several passes using the high-pressured streams of water in order to completely clear your clogged line. Unlike cable or “rooting” services in the past, use of the Hydro-Jett in this manner ensures that not only is the clog in your drain removed, but that the drain is completely cleared and the walls of the pipe are cleaned. It’s a full service that we’re so confident of we offer a 90 day warranty following the Hydro-Jetting process.

5. Final inspection and removal of the hose. We again use the attached video camera to perform a once-over of your drain following Hydro-Jett cleaning. Once we confirm that all build-up and debris have been removed and that your drain is operating at its highest possible capacity, we remove the Hydro-Jett hose from your line.

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Hydro-Jett Clear & Clean versus Cabling-Clear & Flow Service

by raleigh plumbers on March 19, 2014

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Poole’s Plumbing’s use of the innovative Hydro-Jett Clear & Clean service to annihilate stoppages in residential and commercial drains is a leap forward for the industry. The Hydro-Jett service blasts through built-up soap scum, sediment, sand, scale, grease, mineral, leaves, hair and roots via powerful, 3500 PSI streams of water directed at different angles. How exactly though does this procedure stack up against more traditional cabling/“rooting” services such as the Cabling-Clear & Flow Service offered by Poole’s, and what are the specific advantages?

With a traditional cable clear service, a rotating cable equipped with a cutting head is mechanically fed down into the drain pipe. The cable’s cutting head moves through the drain stoppage, cutting until the stoppage has been cleared. Poole’s uses our attached video camera equipment to ensure the stoppage is cleared; however, build-up does remain around the walls of the drain pipe in question, and a warranty on the rooter machine service is not provided.

Poole’s new Hydro-Jett Clear & Clean service harnesses the power of water to not only cut a hole in the build-up, but to forcefully blast the walls of the pipe clean, removing all of the gunk inside the drain pipe instead of just a portion. The Hydro-Jett doesn’t just remove the stoppage, it cleans the entire pipe, whether it’s located at an apartment complex or is a commercial grease drain at a restaurant.

The Hydro-Jett isn’t a short term fix. Instead, it’s a compete solution that leaves the pipe in a nearly new condition. Poole’s is so confident in the power of this solution that unlike the Cabling-Clear & Flow Service, we offer a 90 day warranty on your line, guaranteeing it’s clear from stoppages for at least three months.

How to Conserve Home Energy During the Winter Months

by raleigh plumbers on February 28, 2014

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During all seasons, home energy management is a paramount concern for many home owners. The winter months provide a particular challenge in energy conservation, and there are a number of tactics that can be used throughout your house that will yield significant home heating savings. Let’s take a look at what can be done.

Attend to your thermostat regularly. Aside from keeping the temperature set as low as your are comfortable with, remember to turn the thermostat down when you are out of the house for any extended period of time. energy.gov notes that turning your thermostat down at least 10 degrees for eight hours during the winter months (while at work, for instance) can save as much as 10% a year on your heating bills.

Adjust your windows. Ensure curtains on any south-facing windows in your home are wide open during the winter months in order to encourage sunlight to heat your home. Close the curtains once the sun passes on. Additionally, you can insulate windows to prevent drafts by applying clear plastic film to the inside of window frames. Insulating drapes can also be used.

Prevent fireplace heat loss. Always ensure your fireplace damper is closed unless you are actively using the fireplace. Closing the damper keeps warm air trapped within your house, while leaving it open is effectively the same as leaving a window open in winter. Additionally, when actively using the fireplace, close all the doors leading into the room in which the fireplace is located and crack open the window nearest to the fireplace as much as one inch. Lower your thermostat as much as is reasonable when utilizing your fireplace.

Between fireplace usage, you may also consider caulking around the fireplace hearth. Also, if you simply have no plans to use your fireplace in the future, seal the chimney flue.

Manage water heating costs. Water heating is a big deal — it can account for as much as 25% of the energy used by your home. Adjust your water heater to its warm setting (120 degrees F). Regular servicing of your heater will also ensure it runs at an optimal level, saving you from high energy costs. Specifically, regular drainage of your water heater’s tank every few months will aid in keeping costs down, particularly in the winter. For specifics on draining your water heater, please refer to our How-To here: http://www.poolesplumbing.com/plumbing-tips/how-to-drain-a-water-heater/


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