Chamberlain SD South Dakota Tool Equipment Rental
There are three major reasons for backed up sewer pipes when all fixtures in
your home are backed up allowing no drainage.
1. Proper flow has been inhibited by a poor construction practice that
has caused a build up and eventual clogging. (too much mortar, not enough slope, improper fittings)
2. Plant or tree roots have forced their way into the pipe at the joints
after seeing water and caused an obstruction.
3. A break has allowed foreign matter into the pipe or it has collapsed.
In Chamberlain, roots seem to be our greatest culprit. A heavy duty
5/8" or 3/4" power sewer "snake" or auger is most commonly used to clear
the obstruction. It is inserted into the system through a removable cap in your
pipe called a "cleanout" located near where it exits the house to the city
line. Backed up sewage often exists
uphill from this cleanout so be prepared for a flood with towels, pails and / or
plastic underneath it after removing this cap. These
power augers come with a selection of bits for various problems. Of course in
most cases the cause of the clog is initially going to be an educated guess
Hence the "spear head" auger bit is a good starting point to try to
get water flowing and it won't get jammed in a root. The auger is powered and
rotated by foot control while you carefully and slowly push and pull it through
your pipe until you reach the obstruction. Keep
track of the length that you insert and it will roughly measure the distance to
your obstruction. So for instance if your pipe has collapsed, you will have a
pretty good idea where in your yard to dig. At
this stage you must use care and caution and apply a sensible amount of force,
or similar to driving an SUV recklessly into a snowdrift, you may not be able to
back it out later. If roots are suspected a heavy duty saw blade is used to cut
them. You may even see evidence of the type of obstruction on the teeth of the
cutter you choose. A "corkscrew retrieval" bit is used only to retrieve an
obstruction that has been loosened. Even roots may simply wash further down and
cause more future grief if not retrieved.
If drainage is slow in your home and not actually backed up, or if you
have successfully snaked out a clog, another great device for cleaning sewer
pipes is the sewer jetter. It is similar to a car wash for sewer pipes.
High pressure water is jetted through a needle nozzle at 1650 psi. You
simply insert the hose slowly through your pipe and it spins wildly and washes
out debris. The water stream is so piercing it will even cut roots. Once the
main clog has been released pulling it back and then inserting through the
entire length of pipe slowly and methodically will be certain to clean it all
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Last modified: April 10, 2017