If you live in Denver, you probably heard of the 2013 story about how disposable wet wipes were clogging the city’s sewer lines. Denver Wastewater Management’s Lupe Martinez asked the population to stop flushing down their wet wipes. From new mothers who use them for their babies, to senior citizens using them more often at home. Because wet wipes do not dissolve—like toilet paper does—every month or so, a few Wastewater Management employees put on their hazardous material suits, climb down to the sewer tunnels, and manually clean out all these wet wipes clogging up Denver’s pumping station.
This type of sewer cleaning ends up costing local taxpayers more money, and it really is a problem that can get more complicated in the long term. However, on a smaller scale, at a restaurant, a mall, or a factory, sewer cleaning is just as important as the work the city does.
When Do Sewer Pipes Need Cleaning?
When sewer pipes are dirty enough you will notice. Liquids stop flowing as fast, your sinks take forever to drain, and you might even hear sounds as water flows through your pipes. That’s the good news. All of these are noticeable signs.
The bad news: you probably already have a pretty big problem, but that does not mean it’s too late. It just means there is more urgency to do the cleanup.
Enemies of Your Sewer Pipes
Three things make sewer pipes clog. All three we can fix, but they are all very different:
Roots. Invasive tree roots are incredibly common in sewer pipes. You would not believe how often we see sewer pipes that are completely blocked because a massive tree root grew inside of it.
Bellied piping. While not a cleaning problem exclusively, bellied piping happens when the soil around the pipe moves, which also causes the pipe to move. This allows dirt and waste to accumulate in the pipe, creating blockages.
Grease and Oils. Especially for restaurants and factories, fats, grease, and oils are sewer pipes’ worst enemies.
We have a few options to clean your sewer pipes. Hydro-jetting is one of the most effective ones, but we never push for a one-size-fits-all solution. Regardless of what the best solution is for your particular case, we are so sure that our sewer cleaning service is so effective that we will clean your sewer lines again at no additional cost, for 30 days after we did the first cleaning.
We have many solutions for the many problems sewer pipes can develop. We know it is virtually impossible to keep your pipes clean. No matter how many employee policies you put in effect, maintenance is always required.
Since 1976 we have worked with residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers that have turned into loyal clients. We are a family-owned wastewater company, and we pride ourselves in great service, great care for our team, fair prices and honest assessments.
Call us now at 1-800-426-6827 and find out why hundreds of customers, big and small, have trusted us with their plumbing for four decades.