Travis Talks About….. Hydro Jetting – Power Wash Your Pipes for a Problem Free Plumbing System!

Travis Talks About….. Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting can clear problems that other systems of drain cleaning can’t touch, without resorting to powerful, toxic chemicals – or digging up your entire yard! Hydro jetting is not only environmentally safe, it removes debris so thoroughly that it leaves the inside of your pipes smooth and clean, the way they were when they were new. Hydro jetting can safely and effectively remove:

  • soap and scum buildup
  • hair
  • sand & silt
  • mineral buildup
  • hard water scale accumulation
  • grease & oil
  • food bits & pieces
  • paper products
  • organic & inorganic matter (i.e. kitty litters)
  • tree roots

Hydro Jetting & Tree Roots

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages that hydro jetting has over traditional snaking is that it deals with tree roots. If you’ve got any kind of landscaping in your yard, you’re going to have roots to deal with, because roots will eventually find their way into a sewer line if there’s one around. They like it there, because there’s a whole lot of water and nutrients flowing through it all the time!

If you don’t deal with a root system, the roots will actually grow into your pipes. The tangle of roots in there will catch the waste that would normally flow freely through the pipe. We’ve all seen sidewalks that are buckling, with the back of a tree root visible in the crack? Well – that’s the damage a root can do if left untreated.

Hydro jetting is the only way to actually cut through tree roots, and then flush them out of your plumbing system entirely. If you have an older home with a lot of older trees and shrubs, then regular hydro jetting can save you from having to replace those pipes entirely, at a cost of thousands of dollars!

Hydro Jetting & Old Pipes

If you have an older home, chances are good that you have older plumbing, and pipes that are made of cast iron or other materials that will become irregular, pock-marked, and bumpy on the inside. For example: cast iron drain or sewer piping will blister on the inside, causing a rough surface that will catch particles and attract scum and greasy residue.

If the interior of your pipes has a rough or irregular surface, it’s easier for clumps of waste to catch on and cling to the inside, causing the circumference of the pipe to grow increasingly smaller. Eventually this results in the kind of build-up that will plug up an old pipe entirely. Hydro jetting takes care of this problem – without harming your older pipes – by scrubbing the interior of the pipes so that they’re nice and smooth again.

Hydro Jetting & Really, Really Tough Waste

There is waste – and then there is WASTE, and you would be amazed at the things that go down plumbing pipes! Sometimes we deal with a clog that is caused by a material that no one would normally think to put down a toilet or a sink. We had one customer who thought that flushing her kitty litter down the toilet was the best way to handle it. Another customer thought that flushing old tax documents and records down the toilet was more effective than shredding them. When you have truly serious situations like this – hydro jetting your plumbing lines is the best – and sometimes only –solution. 

Hydro Jetting Can Do the Impossible – at a Greater Distance
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Another one of the many great things about hydro jetting is that it packs the same punch – whether the clog is 20 feet or 200 feet and more down your pipe. Our snake/cable machine puts out a lot of power to drill through tough clogs; but there’s a fixed amount of torque – or power – spin that drilling force. The greater the distance of the clog is from the clean out, the more line we have to put down a drain to clear it. And the further from that power source the snake gets – the more strength and speed the snake will lose, making it less effective. With a hydro jet machine the force of the blast of water that clears your pipes is equally as strong – no matter how far down you system we have to go.

Hydro Jetting Has Changed the Course of Plumbing History!

In case you’re wondering why we’re so excited about hydro jetting here at Moon Valley, it’s because it’s a pretty amazing innovation in the world of plumbing. It was first invented in the 1950’s to deal with the huge pipes in oil fields and on oil-rigs, as a means of keeping those massive systems clear. You can imagine what the buildup would be inside a pipe that pumps hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil a year!

From there, hydro jetting systems were developed to handle large commercial businesses that were running huge volumes of liquid through their plumbing systems, like manufacturing factories and restaurants.

Today, our technology has modified and refined the equipment used for hydro jetting so that we can offer this same powerful cleaning and clearing system to our residential customers! Moon Valley’s hydro jetting equipment isn’t as gargantuan as the systems they use in oil fields, but they’re just as effective. I take pride in the fact that I can offer my customers the answer to absolutely any plumbing problem they may have, particularly the seriously tough ones!



Travis Talks About….. The Difference Between Hydro Jetting and “Snaking” or “Cabling” Your Pipes

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Wait – What Exactly is a Plumbing Snake or a Cable or a hydro jetting?

Before we get into comparisons between clearing blockages using the hydro jetting method versus the “snaking” or “cabling” method – you should know that a plumber’s snake and a plumber’s cable are similar versions of the same concept, and the terms are often used interchangeably. Basically, machines spin a long “snake” – (aka – cable) – very rapidly – like a drill. Different sized metal tools at the end of the cable – (aka – augers) are attached to the cables, so that when they spin they bore through whatever is blocking the pipe – whether it’s organic or inorganic.
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There are differences in the size and shape of the cables and the tools at the end of the cables.
The main differences are in the size of the drilling tool at the end of the cable, how long and/or thick the cable is, and how powerfully the drill rotates.

We have snakes with tools that are made to clear very small and narrow indoor plumbing pipes, and some are made to clear very large, underground sewer pipes. Whatever size or shape your home has – you can be sure that Moon Valley has the equipment and trained technicians to handle it!

How is Hydro Jetting Different From a Plumber’s Snake or a Plumber’s Cable?

The biggest difference between hydro jetting and snaking a plumbing system has to do with what kind of blockage can be cleared, how much can be cleared, and the amount of debris left behind after its been cleared.

A plumbing snake will punch/drill a hole through whatever blockage is clogging up a pipe so that it can move down the pipes and out through the sewer system. Hydro jetting will break the blockage down with the force of the water, and then clear the blockage away, flushing the pipes out in both directions.

The Advantages of Hydro Jetting vs. Snaking – is One Better Than the Other?

Make no mistake, both of these techniques are absolutely effective for taking care of blockages and clogs inside your pipes. When you call us to your home or business we will always do a thorough inspection – often with specialized video equipment – to determine exactly where and what the problem is, so we can advise you on what your best solution may be.

There are occasions when one method may be more useful, faster, and/or give a longer lasting result than the other, and we want you to know exactly what all your options are. Many of our customers aren’t aware of how thoroughly a hydro jetting can clear a blockage in their pipes, and that hydro jetting often offers a long-term – and sometimes permanent – answer to chronic plumbing problems!


Travis Talks About….. Hydro Jetting! Have a Tough Clog? Hydro Jetting May be the Answer!

Hydro Jetting – What is It?

One of the special technologies Moon Valley Plumbing offers is an advanced method of clearing a plumbing system called hydro jetting. This is a specialized technique for dealing with truly tough blockages, problem plumbing systems, and chronically slow pipes. We’ve discovered that people often don’t know what hydro jetting is, or if they do – they think it’s only used for commercial buildings, especially restaurants. But here at Moon Valley Plumbing, we’re proud to be able to offer our residential customers this important service too!

Hydro jetting is based on the same principle that works for power washing buildings and concrete surfaces; it actually scours surfaces harder than almost any other method of cleaning short of sandblasting; but it’s specifically built for your plumbing – it scrubs the inside of your pipes with a highly pressurized jet of water.

How Does it Work?

Our new hydro jetting equipment consists of a very large machine that will pump water from a large water tank. The machine can pump water at an extremely high velocity through a long, heavy-duty hose that has a specialized power nozzle attached to it. The hose is 300 feet long, so we can handle just about any size/length of plumbing system you’ve got.

We “thread” this nozzle and hose down into your pipes through the “cleanout” opening for your pipes; every home has at least one built-in opening like this that will give us access to your plumbing system. With this equipment, we can literally blast water through the nozzle with such force that it will cut through virtually any kind of blockage or debris; and by “force” I mean water pressures of 3,500 – 4,000 PSI and up. (and “PSI” stands for “pounds per square inch,” which is about 20 gallons per minute, and that’s a whole lot of really fast moving water, just so you know).

What Can it Do?

Here’s where hydro jetting differs from regular methods of clearing drains: it not only removes the regular kinds of clogs – hair, paper products, grease, etc. – hydro jetting will cut through sand, sediment, silt, scale build-up, and – most importantly – tree roots. Not only that, but hydro jetting also removes whatever may be clinging to the inside of your pipes as well!

Clearing your plumbing system with a snake, cable, or auger tools works very well and is extremely effective in many situations. However, while the snaking tool opens your pipes by drilling a hole through the clog, it can leave behind layers of grease mixed with hair, mineral deposits, and other kinds of sediment coating the insides of your pipes. This kind of accumulation means that the flow of water and waste through your pipes can be slowed over time, as they become narrower due to the build-up.

With hydro jetting, however, those deposits are blasted completely away, cleaning the inside of your pipes and removing anything attached to them. Your pipes are scrubbed completely clean, as open and clear as they were when they were first installed!

When you give us a call at Moon Valley Plumbing because your plumbing system is backed up, we use a number of techniques – including video inspection – to diagnose your problem first. Once we’ve identified where your system is blocked, and have an idea of what’s blocking it – we always go over all the options for clearing it with you, and hydro jetting is often one of the best and most effective ways to go. We’re happy that we can offer our customers this kind of service, because – believe it or not – we’d rather that you not have to call us with an emergency plumbing nightmare, lol. We like to have happy customers that know we’ll get the job done right the first time – and every time!



Travis Talks About…. The Top 3 Causes of Plumbing Panic!

Travis Talks About…. The Top 3 Causes of Plumbing Panic!

Hi, I’m Travis Mingle, and I’m the guy who started Moon Valley Plumbing almost 15 years ago, when I was in my early 30’s. The truth is – I went into plumbing because I love the work. Some people may think that’s crazy, but it’s the truth. It’s really interesting work, it’s different every day – and it’s never, ever boring. Plus – my team is a great group of talented and dedicated guys, and I’m proud to work with every one of them. Finally, my customers are some of the greatest people I’ve ever met.

Now, we are dedicated to handling your plumbing problems 24/7, because plumbing emergencies don’t always cooperate and happen conveniently, like – 9 to 5. No, emergencies will generally happen at the most inconvenient time, but that’s all right – because we’ll be there!

An emergency is an emergency, but – on occasion – that emergency causes flat-out panic. We call these our “911 Plumbing Panics.” This is a plumbing situation where “NOW” isn’t really quick enough. I guarantee that we’ll get there as fast as we can, but just as a sort of “FYI” – let me give you a few ideas that might help while you’re waiting for us.

Dropping a wedding or engagement ring down the drain:

While this one isn’t dire in terms of damaging your number 1 asset – your home, it is completely dire to a person’s mental health and well-being. This is – dropping the wedding or engagement ring down a drain (while wedding rings are awful enough, we have found that the engagement ring going down the drain will actually promote out and out hysteria at times, so…):

First, breathe, and immediately stop running water down the sink. Sometimes the following steps will work without calling us:

  • If you’ve got a sink where the metal drain plug pulls up completely, pull that out and look at it. Sometimes, even when things are running smoothly, there is still hair and debris clogged around the base of the drain plug stem at the bottom – your ring might be trapped in this.
  • If it’s not there – leave the drain plug out, and take a wire hanger apart and bend the tip into a small, narrow “U” shape – like a hook – so that it fits down the drain. Carefully thread that down until it hits the bottom of the pipe, move it around and see if it will fish up some hair or goo caught in the “U” shaped bend of the pipe – sometimes the ring will be caught in that.
  • Alternately, if you just cleared your sink a little while ago, and you think it’s pretty clear – try tying a kitchen magnet onto a piece of string (or attach it to the end of the hanger) and lower it in to see if the magnet will pick it up.

Then – call us!


This is one of those things you should figure out when you move into a home, but – well, if we did everything we’re supposed to do, life wouldn’t be as exciting, would it?

We will occasionally get calls from a panicked homeowner, telling us that water is pouring out all over the floor, and when we ask the homeowner – “Did you turn the water valve off?” they have no idea what we’re talking about – or they have no idea where it is.

Turning off the water supply valves on different fixtures:

  • There are two kinds of water valves, the first are called fixture supply stops – and those are inside your house, either under or around or behind every toilet, faucet, dishwasher, washing machine, water softener, and/or water heater in your home. Look for a handle, or spigot, or oval handle that looks like it’s “turnable.” These are usually located down towards floor level behind the fixture, or – in the case of sinks, open the cabinet and it will be under the sink and behind the pipes. To turn it off, remember that “righty-tighty” is off, and “lefty-loosey” will turn it back on when everything’s fixed, all right?

Turning off the main water supply valve to the house:

  • Occasionally – there’s a bigger problem going on, and turning off a fixture supply water valve doesn’t solve it; water keeps pouring out of something. This is when you – as a homeowner – should know where your home’s main water supply valve is located. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and sometimes the main water supply valve can be a little tricky to find.
  • In Arizona, where the weather is warm and we don’t have basements, that main water supply valve is located on the outside of your home, usually on the front or rear of the house. The main water shut-off valve is generally somewhere near where the water meter is, or where a pipe comes out of the ground and goes through an exterior wall. Locate that, and determine where it is inside your house – and try there first. If that doesn’t work, or you can’t find it, then try the outside valve, just know that you may need some tools for this – notably a ratchet wrench.

THEN – call us!

Toilet backing up:

While water running everywhere certainly qualifies as a disaster, toilet water running everywhere can be even worse. In this case, when you have toilet water pouring over the rim of the toilet – so first –

  • Get that water valve off as quickly as possible! Fortunately – while main water shutoff valves can sometimes be tricky to find – the water shut-off valve is always right there behind your toilet, near the floor, and it looks like something you would turn to turn something off. So turn it, again remembering “righty-tighty,” etc. etc. to make sure you get it off.
  • While this is not our favorite topic to talk about, the fact is that you don’t want this water seeping into the cracks of your linoleum floor or the base of the toilet. So hopefully you have a hamper full of dirty bedding close by. We’re going to choose bedding and/or towels because, truthfully, these things can then be washed repeatedly in hot water, and/or bleached to within an inch of their lives. Clothing? Not so much.

Then — CALL US!

When I started Moon Valley Plumbing, my number one commitment was to create the kind of company that people believe in and trust. And if our reviews and our testimonials are to be believed – that’s exactly what we’ve done, and I’m proud of that! Some of our customers have been with us for years, and a lot of our new customers come because we’re recommended to them by our old customers, and I’d like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to every one of them!