The main difference between the two is heat. High-Pressure Jetting uses heated water, whereas regular power washing is not heated. High-Pressure Jetting is especially useful for cleaning out clogged drains. High-Pressure Jetting works better than a traditional “snake“ and can quickly unclog your drains. There are other differences as well, some we will learn about below. And while there are other names such as hydro-jetting and pressure washing, it all essentially adds up to the same thing: pressurized water being pushed at high speeds.
Both are great for removing built-up leaves, dirt, and stones from inside the walls of your sanitary lines and drains, washing down machines, removing graffiti, stains, and gum from concrete, and cleaning your roof drains and grease drains.
At its most basic, power washing is essentially a super powerful hose. Of course, the details are more complicated than that. Power washers differ in power. Some can push up to 12 gallons of water per minute, while others push only 1 to 2 gallons per minute. Some simply push high-pressurized water in one direction, while more sophisticated models will have jets pushing water forwards and backwards to better breakup the clog and move it cleanly through the system.
Parts of a power washer include water inlet, motor (electric or gas), water pump, high-pressure hose, and cleaning attachment. For a more detailed explanation, check out the image below from explainthatstuff.com:
And for a better understanding of how high-pressure jetting can clean your drains better than the traditional snaking method, check out the video below: