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Jet Swets are the original, professional tool of choice for soldering with the water in the line. As we know, you cannot solder a pipe with water still in it, and it normally takes hours to adequately drain the system to do any repair.

The problem that most plumber's face with draining the system is one of a lack of speed and/or professionalism. Many times, in the case of maintenance personnel, the building's water cannot be shut down more than a couple of minutes. In the case of plumbers, repeat customers are more likely to be retained by doing a job more quickly and efficiently, instead of charging additional hours to just watch water drain. Comes with a 1 Year Warranty!

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An old technique to stopping draining water is to put bread up inside the pipe. Jet Swets™ are an advance on that solution, and superior to it in many significant ways:

  • Jet Swets™ immediately hold an amazing 60–70 lbs of pressure! This water–stopping ability of Jet Swets™ is unyielding and constant.
  • Bread cannot hold back any pressure. Jet Swets™ hold 60–70 lbs.
  • You have to wait a very long time before there is a trickle small enough to insert bread, which pretty much defeats the point. You don't wait at all with Jet Swets™.
  • Using bread requires an almost total evacuation of the pipes, which releases much more water and makes much more mess than is necessary for the job. You apply Jet Swets™ immediately after opening or cutting into a pipe or fixture. Less water, less mess = higher professionalism = job security and repeat customers.
  • Bread ends up dissolving into a sticky substance that gums up all your fixtures. Jet Swets™ leave no residue whatsoever.
  • Bread plugs are unstable and easily becomes dislodged if even the smallest change in system pressure, which is very common during a repair. The Jet Swet™ gasket is a unique rubber/silicon composite that adheres fantastically to the inside of any kind of pipe. Small to moderate, sudden changes in pressure are no match for a Jet Swet™.
  • Shoving bread up into a pipe does not portray the professionalism that most plumbers are trying to demonstrate to a customer. Jet Swets™ are quick, easy and powerful: sure to show that professionalism and competence that all maintenance and plumbing personnel strive for.

This is an example of how a Jet Swet™ is used in real life.

Plumber's example

Maintenance personnel's example

A major annoyance in the plumbing trade is that every pipe, fitting, and valve needing repair, has to be repaired in a completely water-free environment. If there is water in the pipe while you are trying to solder off an old, faulty valve, the pipe will never get hot enough to melt the solder, allowing the plumber to remove and replace the valve. Before the Jet Swet™ was invented, a valve repair would normally consist of the plumber shutting off the water at the street, opening the faulty valve or another valve down the system and waiting one or two hours, maybe even days for the water to completely drain from the system. This later allows the plumber to complete the repair in a water free environment. Some plumbers use bread to stop the annoying "trickling" water, but bread can only be used after the water has drained to a trickle (not even "Wonder Bread" can hold back 65 Lbs. of water). This could take hours, and in some cases with large or complicated buildings, we've received calls that it takes even days to reach the point where the plumber can use bread. This delay is both costly to the customer and is unprofessional on the part of the plumber. These unprofessional labor practices tarnish the value of the plumber, the plumbing company or the maintenance firm in the customer's eyes. With the Jet Swet™ this common plumbing problem is solved quickly, effectively and professionally.

The Jet Swet™ is used by the plumber upon arrival to instantly be in control of any water situation. The Jet Swet™ is used by first turning off the active water pressure at the street, opening the faulty valve (if it won't open, most plumbers just cut the valve off), inserting the Jet Swet™ through the draining water stream, through the valve or virgin pipe, compressing the Jet Swet™ gasket and instantly shutting off the water (up to 65 Lbs.!). Now the plumber can immediately repair the pipe or valve, right over the Jet Swet™ tool! Once the Jet Swet™ is stopping the water, you can solder on a new FULL–PORT or gate valve, right over the Jet Swet™ . If your repair requires you to solder on a restrictive valve, from which the Jet Swet™ cannot be removed, instead of soldering on a regulatory valve, you solder a male nipple onto the pipe over the Jet Swet™ TM, remove the Jet Swet™ from the pipe and then just thread on any "threaded" regulatory valve you want. Close the valve and you are done! Repairs take an average of 10 - 15 minutes instead of 2-3 hours or days!

The Plumber looks professional, because Mrs. Jones is not annoyed for paying $60 an hour, for the plumber to sit and watch water drain. The Plumber will be called back for future repairs because of his speed and professionalism. The Plumber can move on to his next job quickly while still being paid for the first job, thus making more per hour and paying for his Jet Swet™ tools in only a few jobs. Jet Swet™ tools are made of the highest quality materials possible: High tinsel strength steel, Aircraft aluminum, and Gaskets of pure silicon!

The Jet Swet™ is essential for Building Maintenance Crews, because the management cannot afford to have the water shut off for very long. In many cases, every minute the water is shut off, the management is loosing money or public appeal (like in hospitals, hotels, casinos, convention centers, etc.). The Jet Swet™ helps repair costly problems in minutes, which normally would take hours. Most times a maintenance crew must go through their management to get funding for new tools. When it is explained to the management that this tool allows the repair to be done by only shutting off the water for minutes instead of hours, funding is almost always approved.

How to use a JetSwet

1. Text example of using a Jet Swet

2. PVC Repair

3. Restricted Valve Repair

4. 90 Elbow Repair

5. Pinhole Leak Repair

Shutting off the main water sourceShut off main water source and insert the Jet Swet throught the open valve that is to be repaired.

Hold Jet Swet handle stationaryHold the Jet Swet handle stationary and tighten the hex nut.

Move Jet Swet to horizontal positionMove the Jet Swet handle to the horizontal position, unsweat the old valve and replace it with a FULL–PORT valve.

Remove Jet Swet and cloase new valveRemove the Jet Swet and close the new valve. Now continue your repairs in a water–free environment.

Some Useful Examples of Using a Jet Swet

Jet Swet examples

PVC and other pipe repair using the Jet Swet

One very common question is whether Jet Swets can be used on PVC piping. The answer is a resounding "Yes"! The Jet Swet's pure silicon gasket can bond with any style of pipe and stop the water. It is important to note that the Jet Swet is only rated to safely hold pressures up to 65 Lbs.

The Jet Swet works on many styles of pipe, and is ideal for use with:

  1. Schedule 40 PVC (recommended)
  2. Schedule 80 PVC
  3. Steel Pipe: Galvanized or Black
  4. Copper Pipe type L or Type M

*Note that there are many of types of plumbing pipe and as the types and schedule numbers of the pipe change, either the outside diameter or the inside diameter changes. If you are unsure as to which Jet Swet to use on any style pipe, please call us toll free at and one of our engineers will be happy to help you with your questions.

Jet Swet Restricted Valve Repair

Restricted Valve Repair using a Jet Swet

For the purposes of this explanation, we will be talking about a Hose–Bib repair, but these techniques can be used with any restrictive valve.

The Jet Swet is designed to be inserted into a pipe through any full port or gate valve. The inside diameter of these valves are the same as the pipe. This allows the Jet Swet to pass cleanly through them.

When you are working on a Hose–Bib, or other restrictive valve, it is obvious that you cannot pass a Jet Swet through it. When the plumbers have a Jet Swet, most solve this problem by simply cutting off the old valve with their saw or Duby–cutter. Once the valve is off, the plumber inserts the Jet Swet into the pipe and stops the draining or siphoning water.

The key to this repair, is once the Jet Swet has isolated the water away from the repair site, the plumber solders on a male threaded nipple. Next remove your Jet Swet from the pipe through the male nipple, and thread on a Female threaded Hose Bib. This turns the seal into a mechanical connection.

Jet Swet - Replace 90 degree elbows

Replace 90 elbows using a Jet Swet

Leaking or faulty nineties can also be repaired using a Jet Swet. This is done by cutting the elbow fitting without damaging the ends of the pipe (this cutting is illustrated in the picture with a dotted line). Insert the Jet Swet tool and tighten until the water stops. Solder off both halves of the old 90–degree elbow. Slide a T–fitting with a FIP adapter over the Jet Swet and solder them onto the pipe. Remove the Jet Swet and plug the FIP adapter.

Jet Swet - Repair a pinhole leak

Repair a Pinhole Leak Using the Jet Swet

The Jet SwetTM can help repair Pinhole leaks and many other "mid–pipe" problems. Cut the pipe through the pinhole leak, insert the Jet Swet tool and tighten until the water stops. Solder union halves onto existing line. Remove Jet Swet and tighten union making a mechanical joint.

(Depending on the situation, though technically only needing one Jet Swet the plumber may ues two Jet Swets to simultaneously plug both ends of the cut pipe, which of course ends up being less of a mess.)

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