What is water blasting?
Water blasting, also known as hydroblasting, uses a high pressure water stream (up to 20,000 psi) to clean different surfaces or process equipment. It also can be combined with an abrasive product to cut through concrete and/or metal. The force of the water mixed with the abrasive, slices through the material to provide a clean, accurate cut. Water blasting pressures range from 10,000 to 20,000 psi, allowing safe cutting through some of the toughest materials and surfaces. (Note: It does not have to be used with abrasives. Use of abrasives is more with cutting through different types of metal.)
Why use water blasting?
There are endless applications for water blasting, but some of the most common uses are:
- Unclogging pipes and tubes
- Unclogging drains
- Removing scale from surfaces
- Removing paint or paint residue
- Tank cleaning
- Silo cleaning
- Heat exchangers
- Evaporator tubes
- Floor and surface cleaning
- Economizer cleaning
- Surface preparation
Methods & Technologies
Water blasting is often used for cleaning as it keeps the air surrounding the surface clean, compared to traditional cleaning methods like sand blasting that leave dust and silica in the air. Water blasting is commonly used in applications where traditional methods aren’t suitable or safe, such as working near or in direct contact with combustible materials. The possibilities with water blasting are virtually endless. The pressurized water can be applied through a variety of accessories and tools, including:
- Hand-held guns to blast debris from surfaces
- Hoses to snake through pipes and/or tubes to remove blockages and other debris
- Floor and surface tools with rotating jets
- 2-D or 3-D rotating heads to clean internal vessel surfaces
Degen Excavating offers a range of safe and effective water blasting services. Our technicians are highly trained to ensure that every job is completed safely, in an environmentally friendly manner. Contact us to speak with our experienced team to explore the water blasting application that is best suited to meet your needs.