It is a commonly occurring problem that sewers and drainpipes get clogged due to the buildup of different stuff. The reason can be a buildup of objects like sanitary pads that don’t get dissolved or other paper-based sanitary products. It can also be various other types of obstructions caused by dirt, hair, grease.
Sewer obstructions are of two types – a sudden blockage caused by a big block or a gradual narrowing of pipes due to accumulating debris. Both of these require a breakthrough that can be achieved by a magic tool that they call water jetter, hydro jetter, or sewer jetter.
All of these are the names of a tool just like your pressure washer, only stronger and better at blasting through hard blockades. You might have noticed a PSI or GPM listed for each pressure washer you check out or buy. Those two metrics are often advertised falsely but still, they’re the key features that decide how effective a sewer jetter is.
What PSI do I need to make my pressure washer a sewer jetter?
Thankfully, the pressure is not the most concerning problem when you want to use your pressure washer as a sewer jetter. The reason is that they deal with wider pipes and bigger surfaces of blockades but they still exert much the same pressure in pounds per square inch (PSI). It is usually 2000-4000 PSI that you can get in almost any gas pressure washer.
You can find this level of pressure in many domestic electric pressure washers too, and especially the professional ones. Electric-powered washers are easier to maintain and purchase too because they don’t cost much. Conversely, they are not as durable as their gas-powered counterparts. You will do better using a gas pressure washer as a sewer jetter.
What GPM is ideal for a sewer jetter pressure washer?
The GPM is the main thing that you need to pay attention to when you are choosing the best pressure washer to turn into a sewer jetter. They cover more surface area and offer a larger volume in their spray. The average GPM for a sewer jetter is between 4-9 which is unavailable and unimaginable for a pressure washer – especially an electric one.
Again, you would do better if you turned a gas variant into a sewer jetter. They usually have a more durable build plus a larger spray volume or GPM. Some high-power, trailer-mounted sewer jetters come with an unbelievable volume of 25 gallons per minute in their spray which turns obstructions into flushable rubble in no time.
What is the difference between a pressure washer and a sewer jetter?
A sewer jetter mainly has a much stronger and high-quality nozzle as compared to a pressure washing unit. The reason is that it has to offer a practically huge spray to remove obstructions. You will see one of those sturdy nozzles usually in kits that they offer to turn pressure washers into sewer jetters.
Another important difference is that a sewer jetter comes with a more durable, high quality, and long hose that can snake deep into a sewer and easily battle with grime. It is not as prone to leakage and bursting, and it can handle more pressure and volume, generally to support a bigger spray for sewer jetters.
How To Turn a Pressure Washer into a Wewer Cleaner?
The process is very simple, and it can be performed with the help of a simple kit converter. You don’t have to pay for an expensive sewer jetter to get rid of any obstruction in the pipes. The kit usually contains the following tools that you can use:
- Ball valves
- Hose reels with hand carry
- Nozzles (rotary, ram, and laser)
- Jumper hose
- Jetter Hose
Step 1 –Connect the new hose to your pressure washer
Step 2 – disengage the spray gun from your machine
Step 3 – replace the spray gun with the ball valve
Step 4 – attach the ball valve to the jumper hose
Step 5 – Connect the jumper hose to the jetter hose
Step 6 – make sure that the jetter hose is wrapped around the hose reel
Step 7 – attach one of the nozzles that you got in the kit to the jetter hose to be able to use it as a sewer jetter efficiently
Step 8 – snake the jetter hose into the drainpipe that is obstructed or that you need to clear away debris from
Step 9 –turn the pressure washer on and enjoy a seamless sewer jetter experience without burning a hole in your pocket with a new purchase.
There, that wasn’t so tough, was it? You can do it at home, all that you need is a suitable conversion kit that you can buy from any shop that sells relevant goods like replaceable hoses.