Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Basics of Sewer Maintenance

Waste management plays a crucial role both in the built and natural environment. As history proves the weight of hygiene in managing cities, effective sewage management is vital in supporting a city’s sanitation and sustaining a healthy ecosystem for every living creature. It’s also important to improve the environment through proper drainage and disposal of wastewater, to prevent floods, and to preserve water quality.

A city’s pipe system needs to be kept in optimum condition to prevent waste from draining into the natural environment where it can adversely affect inhabitants. Pipe maintenance calls for regular inspections and reports so sanitary workers can know pipe conditions and properly clean it.

Different kinds of pipes require different cleaning methods. Sanitary workers can fit inside large diameter pipes to clear them up and check for possible repairs. Small diameter pipes, on the other hand, need water-jetting sewer cleaners and Vactor trucks to free them from waste clogging. Inverted siphon pipes, which are the hardest to reach, may also need Vactor trucks to draw off air and submerged scratchers to dislodge trapped biological waste within it.

Sanitary workers, in addition to cleaning, also perform manual and electronic visual inspections of sewer pipes. Old pipes which show signs of wear and tear like cracks, alignment problems, and corrosion should be repaired immediately so floods can be prevented. In this way, unnecessary problems can be avoided and the city inhabitants can continue to live normal lives.


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