A sewer cleaning machine is either a chemical product used for disinfecting or to clear blocked sewer lines. The word “cleaning” can also refer to a mechanical devise such as an electric eel, drain cleaner, toilet snake, or similar device used for cleaning out sewer lines. Sewer cleaning machines are designed to efficiently perform the task of eliminating accumulated waste material from sewer lines, and may be powered by either electricity or hydraulics. Many modern day sewer cleaning machines use high-pressure systems to blast away dirt and debris from sewer lines, in line with regulations set out by the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory agencies. If the system will be utilized by homeowners, it is important to follow local regulations set out by your plumbing contractor.
Some of the most common problems associated with blocked drain cleaning include grease, oil, and grease build-up, hair, and food particles. In some cases, sewage issues may be caused by bacterial growth resulting from cracked pipes and can sometimes be cleared out using simple household cleaners and a strong jet of water directed at the drain. If the problem is more severe, a plumbing professional should be consulted. Typically, the easiest way to clear out a blocked drain is to install an aerated washing machine, which sprays cleaning solution into the pipes and helps remove particles that can lead to serious plumbing problems.
There are several types of sewer cleaning devices available to address common problems associated with blocked drains, including: skimmers, which remove solid materials from the inside of the pipes, and pressure washers, which shoot high pressure water streams at the material to be flushed out (hence the name). Sewer cleaning equipment is usually sold as part of a plumbing system, so it is typically just as simple to replace the plumbing system as it is to install new equipment. If the clog is particularly stubborn, it may require that a professional remove and dispose of any blocked or broken piping. Alternatively, the plumber may suggest that the toilet is flushing to remove sediment and bacteria. To avoid sewer contamination, many homeowners prefer not to flush toilets while they are in use.
Before beginning the process of cleaning a sewer line, it is important to first identify the source of the blockage. Several potential sources of sewer contamination exist and can range from poor maintenance of drainage fixtures such as sinks and toilets to poor landscaping or tile work. A clog can occur anywhere in the plumbing system, but is more likely to occur in the sewer lines. Clogged sewer lines can lead to numerous problems, including backflow of sewage into residential and commercial areas, damage to walls or floors, and unsanitary conditions in public areas such as pools, showers, and locker rooms.
In order to solve problems with clogged sewer drains, homeowners should make sure that their drainage systems are maintained to the highest standards possible. Periodic flushing with hot water, cleaning of both ends of sinks and toilets, and installation of quality drain cleaning equipment are all effective ways to keep pipes clear of obstruction. Many states have regulations pertaining to the amount of pressure that should be applied to drain to force them to discharge waste. Ensuring that homeowners carefully follow these regulations can help prevent serious plumbing issues from developing.
Sewer cleaning can also include the use of chemical drain cleaners or other organic cleaners. These products kill insects, dissolve organic matter, and dislodge blocked pipes. Most of these products can be purchased at any plumbing store, hardware store, or supermarket. The correct product for the particular problem should be applied with enough pressure to force the blockage down the drain, but should never be poured down the drain unless directed by a licensed plumber.