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Rodding is where a stiff steel rod is lowered down into a manhole, bent into position, and then pushed through the line while being rotated. Various heads can be attached to the rods ends. This method was in use as early as 1930 and is considered primitive by most sewer and pipe cleaning contractors today.
One of the major flaws of this method is that the rod must be rotated in a bent position. This causes the rod to fatigue and break. Each and every rod will eventually break and many heads are lost in lines using this method.
Another drawback is that heavy sediments and debris are usually left laying in the line. Rod cutter heads tend to churn through sediments without moving them, much like a drill bit in quick sand.
Jetting, also referred to as Hydro Jetting or Water Jetting, is a method of larger pipes and/or main sewer cleaning where a nozzle with Jets facing rearward is powered through the line by high pressured water. As the nozzle blasts its way through the pipeline it cuts up the debris, scours the pipe walls, and power flushes the sediments out of the line. Watching a Jet nozzle go through a line is like watching a rocket go through a tunnel. Jetting is by far the best method of pipe cleaning available. Hydro-Jetting is not done inside but rather through the manhole (unless in the District of Columbia)
The big Truck Jets cost us three to four times what a trailer unit costs to purchase, then we have to pay a 12% FET tax, put up with DOT inspections, state police audits, truck road use taxes, commercial drivers licenses, NHTSA regulations, fuel tax reporting, higher priced truck insurance, etc… Would we put up with all of that if we thought we could get by with a little trailer jet?