How to Use Water Jet Drain Cleaning Equipment

When a drain in your home is clogged, your first move is probably to reach for chemical drain cleaner to dissolve the clog. Unfortunately, some clogs are too tough for chemical cleaners to cut through—especially if the clog is a result of man-made debris rather than organic matter. For large drain-cleaning jobs, such as a blocked sewer drain or basement drain, a water jet cleaner is a safe and environmentally friendly way to handle the problem. Water jets spray a high-pressure stream of water that breaks up most kinds of clogs, clearing your clogged drain without the use of harsh chemicals.

A water jet can clear a blocked drain when other methods fail.

Step 1

Remove the drain cover, if one is present. Insert the jet drain's nozzle into the blocked drain.

Step 2

Thread the jet line through the drain as far as you can until you hit either a bend in the drain or the blockage.

Step 3

Turn on the water jet machine. This causes the nozzle at the end of the line to spray a high-pressure stream of water through the clogged pipe.

Step 4

Press the pulse trigger on the machine to send several jets of water spraying backward from the nozzle. This propels the nozzle—and the primary water jet stream—deeper into the clogged pipe.

Step 5

Release the trigger once the nozzle hits the blockage. Let the high-pressure water stream slowly break through the clog.

Step 6

Press the pulse trigger. If the jet nozzle moves forward, the clog is gone. If not, let the water stream work on the clog a little longer.

Step 7

Turn off the machine after clearing away the clog. Pull the tubing slowly out of the drain.

Step 8

Run water into the drain to ensure that the clog was sufficiently cleared.


  • Don't turn on the water jet before threading the nozzle a sufficient distance through the pipe, lest you end up soaked by the nozzle's back spray. What constituents a safe distance will vary depending on the type of water jet cleaner you are using.

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Ciele Edwards holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been a consumer advocate and credit specialist for more than 10 years. She currently works in the real-estate industry as a consumer credit and debt specialist. Edwards has experience working with collections, liens, judgments, bankruptcies, loans and credit law.