From the simple wheel to the incredibly complex International Space Station, invention and innovation have made human lives better in countless ways. And while people may not think of plumbing as being a field that lends itself to innovation, there have been many advancements that have propelled the industry forward, especially in how we do drain cleaning.
Here are some of the most effective techniques we use to clean sewer and drain pipes in Miami, Florida:
At Specialized Pipe Technologies, we often recommend the process of hydro-jetting to clear the toughest and most stubborn clogged pipes. As its name suggests, hydro-jetting is similar to a pressure washer, but for sewer systems. A hydro-jet uses a powerful blast of pressurized water (from 1,500 to 4,000 pounds per minute) to break up and wash away years of accumulated debris in a sewer line.
Hydro-jetting is an environmentally friendly way to restore the drain’s function and leave them as clean as the day they were installed. It is a particularly effective way to handle sediment, mineral deposits, tree roots and grease clogs that can’t be easily removed by other methods.
Before the introduction of hydro-jetting technology, the only solution to the most challenging drain problems was to remove the clogged section of piping and either replace it or clear the clog manually. Another advantage of hydro-jetting is that it saves time and expense associated with this type of drain repair and reconstruction.
Plumbing professionals often use hydro-jetting equipment for large-scale commercial drain cleaning, but there are also smaller-scale hydro-jetting systems available for residential use.
Vacuum units are another innovation that plumbers have come to rely on. At Specialized Pipe Technologies, we use a vacuum unit as the second stage of our thorough drain cleaning process, to remove toxic waste, sludge and contaminants loosened by the hydro-jetting.
A vacuum unit uses a pump to pneumatically suck both solid and liquid debris out of pipes and transfer it to a tank. All the material collected by the vacuum gets transported to a sewage treatment plant.
Video Sewer Inspections
While this is a diagnostic tool, knowing what’s inside drain pipes helps us clean them better. Video sewer inspections have truly revolutionized the plumbing industry. Video cameras take all the guesswork out of plumbing repairs – they’re the next best thing to having X-ray vision.
The video cameras used in plumbing are highly specialized equipment. These tiny, waterproof cameras are mounted on a long, flexible tube that is extremely maneuverable. No section of pipe is off-limits to the video camera – even those that are located in walls or under a building’s foundation.
As the plumbing technician guides the camera through the pipes, it records a real-time, high-definition video feed that is displayed on a monitor. This allows plumbers to identify any problem areas, leaks or weak spots in the pipes.
Drain Cleaning Specialists
Specialized Pipe Technologies uses video inspections as the third and final step of our drain cleaning process. After removing all debris from pipes, we rely on video inspections to find any damage or breakage that may need to be addressed.
We are excited to be an early adopter and leading provider of new plumbing technologies and advancements that help Miami, Florida area homeowners and businesses resolve the most challenging pipe problems as quickly and affordably as possible. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and see what our experienced professionals can do for you.