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It’s actually surprising what the power of water can do, although if you think about it, water shapes the world around us, eroding rocks and earth. A jet of water is commonly known to the general public as a quick way to remove moss and dirt from your driveway and patio. However, water is that powerful it can be used to slice metal and granite.

Depending on what tools are used to direct the water onto the surface, the results are amazing to see. Granite worktops are now used in a large number of kitchens and these are designed, made and shaped using the power of water jets. It ensures a smooth cut to exactly the shape required.

Slicing through sheets of metal is also possible and avoids the sparks that result from other cutting methods. Using a powerful water jet is a skilled job and work should only be undertaken by a professionally trained person. The damage that can be caused can be catastrophic if such equipment is used by an unskilled person or someone who has never used it before.

A great way to clear blocked drains and pipes is to use a high pressure jet of water. The force and speed of the water can cut through most blockages, allowing your drains to flow freely again. It is an excellent way to unblock areas that are had to get to, such as bends in pipes. The power of the water will diminish the things that could have caused the blockage in the first place – for example, grease and debris.

Should the blockage be caused by tree roots or other natural causes, there are tools available to address this. Whatever the cause of the blockage, there is a solution to fix it. Should there be a need to unblock drains that are deep underground and which have a number of bends and turns, it is possible to direct a CCTV camera down there to allow the professional to view exactly what the cause of the blockage is so that he can determine exactly what kind of high pressure water system is required.

Water jetting and high pressure technology is still evolving. It was commonly used many years ago to simply cut paper under a low pressure system, but as time, research and trials move on, high pressure water uses are becoming more and more frequent for all kinds of materials.

This article was written by Alan Sudlow, an advocate of high pressure water jetting writing on behalf of