Everything You Should Know About Sewer Cleaning

Sewer Cleaning

Here, we try to explain the sewer system and how to prevent future problems with it. Insurance is a huge aspect here. A backed-up sewer contains a lot of bacteria. It needs professional assistance to clear it up. Hence, if you do not have insurance, it is recommended to buy one.

A typical sewer system is hooked up to a municipal sewer in most places. All the homes are connected with one main sewer line which usually runs under the street or an alley until it reaches a sewage treatment plant. The plant then cleans the wastewater, the result of which is clean water and can be put back into rivers, lakes etc. If there is an obstruction in the main sewer line, it can start to back-up and affect individual homes.

One major cause of sewer problems is tree roots. The roots of some types of trees grow through the joints of some of the older types of pipe such as clay tile. When the roots need water, they find it in the sewers. Once they’re in the pipe, solids catch up on the roots and create a blockage which needs to be cut out. In these cases, we can use a power auger with a saw cutting blade or a high-pressure jetter with different types of nozzles. Some nozzles have spinning attachments and using high-pressure water, are able to cut roots, grease etc. Grease, soap, oils, etc. can cause major problems in the sewer system. They can build up in the pipes and eventually close up the pipe entirely by reducing the inside diameter gradually.

jetter unit

Massive Root Ball Removed With the Jetter Unit.

Here is a representation of some roots that were taken out of the sewer main pipeline using a root cutter on the jetter unit.

Penetrating Nozzle

A Type of Penetrating Nozzle

The water pressure spins the front part of the nozzle o grind through blockages. The back has jets that direct the water behind it which pull the nozzle and hose through the sewer.

roots enter a sewer

 How roots enter a sewer

This shows roots can get into the pipes through the joints.

Rotary Saw Blade Being Driven By Water Pressure

Rotatory Saw Blade

This nozzle uses water to turn the motor and a shaft to which you can attach saw blades of different sizes to cut roots out of a pipe. These are usually used to cut out roots in main sewer lines between manholes. This nozzle also uses water jets directed to the rear and to force it forward. 

sewer line

Here is a representation of a 4 inch pipe reduced in size due to grease build up in the sewer line. 

high pressure jetter

This photo is taken from a camera used to inspect sewer lines. The above photo shows the grease build up inside the pipe line. 

The bottom photo is of the same pipe after being cleaned using a high pressure jetter.

Equipment We Use


For all the above mentioned jobs, we have a range of equipment to use.

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