Learn How To Clean Sewer Pipe In Seconds Instead of Hours

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If you’ve ever tackled the job of cleaning cast iron pipe after getting a call for a sewer back-up clog and you’ve used your cable machine or a jetter, you may get the line opened up again, but the pipe still looks like it’s on its last legs. If you’ve gotten a call to clean a clay pipe that is so damaged you are afraid it may collapse with hydro-jetting and again you minimize cleaning for fear of destroying what’s left of the pipe. Neither condition is a pretty site. Many of you spend hours with various cleaning heads and processes only to feel frustrated by how poor the results look. It’s even worse if you have to line or coat the pipe. From previous posts I’ve posted pictures of cleaned cast iron that looks like someone botched the job and pictures of roots still left in a clay pipe cleaning because that’s the best they could do.

3/8″ & 1/4″ Machines Pictured

The Ultra High Speed cleaning machine solves those problems in seconds. Since the cable is sheathed, a camera can be pushed along side the insertion of the cable to see what you are cleaning. This process works a little differently than the original drain cleaning cable machine. When pushing the cable down the line, you insert your camera along side and behind the cleaning head. Being the cable turns underneath the sheath, your camera cable won’t get tangled up with the cable and you can see what you are doing. To operate the machine push the cable up to the clog, pull back a couple of inches, start the rotation of the high speed cable, and gently push the cutting head through the clog. This method allows the cable to approach the clog in a straight line a full speed as opposed to bending the cable and starting the rotation risking kinking the cable. If you feed the camera along side the cable, you can see precisely what you are doing with the cleaning head. Following this approach will allow you to completely clean the cable on the way out so that when the cable is fully extended to the end of the line, you are done. Your return of the cable to the spool along with the camera riding along will give you a completed video inspection of the work you’ve just completed. In addition to the speed roots are removed, the job is video taped in real time and you’ve completed both processes with one single pass. The process applies to all types of pipe, clay, cast iron, plastic, CMP or Orangeberg pipe with different cleaning heads depending on the pipe condition and orientation.

The most widely used cutting head is a chain knocker but other tools are available. Other tools include wire brushes, aggressive cutters or sand paper, depending what you are trying to remove.

To maintain centering of the cutting tools, you can slide brushes behind the cutting head using spacers of sheathing to maintain separation and still hold the cutting head in the center of the pipe. Using this approach you can prevent further destruction of damaged pipe by setting the chain diameter to just reach the surface of the pipe and not flail with full force of the cleaning head against the deteriorated pipe.

5/16″ cable with chain knocker & spacers

The cables can be ordered separately from the UHS tooling and driven with your own high speed drill. Available in various lengths, the cables can be ordered from our 3 locations. The UHS machine comes in 4 sizes, 1/4″ (6mm), 5/16″ (8mm), 3/8″ (10mm) and 1/2″ (12mm). The 1/4″ & 5/16″ units come with 50′ standard lengths, and the 3/8″ & 1/2″ come with 125′ of cable. The longer lengths will allow you to feed the cable through a basement window, and let you clean a basement drain without hauling the machine down the stairs. For more information, call 888-354-6464.


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