Hot-water jetter used to clean lines in school
Problem: Dennis Critchfield, owner of Critch’s Sewer Inspection in Hill City, Kansas, was recently called to a middle school lunchroom to camera lines in the kitchen area that were plugging on a monthly basis. He was informed that the line had recently been cleaned with a jetter, and they wanted to camera the mainline so they could locate and map for future reference. While running water in the branch lines to mark where the lines tied into the main, water began backing up on the floor.
Solution: Critchfield brought in a wet-dry vac and Bullfrog Industries Crap Shooter hot-water jetter. He ran the jetter with the vacuum until it would take water in the drain. He then cleaned all of the 2-inch lines in the kitchen while students ate lunch.
Result: The lines were cleared quickly. “I have tens of thousands of dollars of equipment in my truck for drain cleaning and inspection, but the Crap Shooter sets me apart from the competition on small drains,” he says. 303/338-0805; www.flushafrog.com.
Compact jetter saves time, trouble and money
Problem: Craig Casteen of Casteen Plumbing & Repair in North Carolina faced working in a residential crawl space that didn’t allow much room to maneuver. He needed a jetting unit compact enough to get into tight areas and powerful enough to dislodge blockages from small lines.
Solution: Casteen chose the JM-1000 Mini-Jet from General Pipe Cleaners, div of General Wire Spring Co. The compact, lightweight, electric-powered unit lets him clear grease, sand, and ice from 1 1/2- to 3-inch small lines that are up to 50 feet long. It provides 1,500 psi of cleaning power. Pulse technology helps slide the hose around tight bends and down lines. It breaks the initial tension between the hose surface and pipe walls, increasing cleaning power. The JM-1000 Mini-Jet weighs 23 pounds for easy carrying and is convenient for jobs completed by one person.
Result: Casteen used the unit in the crawl space to quickly clear the blockage. 800/245-6200; www.drainbrain.com.
Additive helps keep business drainline clear
Problem: In May 2015, the manager of Bode Central healthy shake bar in Howard, Wisconsin, sought a solution for a drain that was backing up into a quick wash sink. Customers complained that the restaurant had a smell. The drainline would plug up and the restaurant would have to close early to clean the mess, resulting in a loss of business and compromised sanitary conditions.
Solution: In June 2015, the 50-gallon indoor grease trap received a thorough cleaning. Liquid Trap-Cleer from Lenzyme was dosed at 2 ounces every evening, taking an employee about one minute to do. Trap-Cleer is designed to keep the system flowing properly and consume much of the grease.
Result: A follow-up appointment in August 2015 indicated that the system went 10 weeks without backing up, with only a small amount of grease buildup in the trap. The smell was completely gone. In January 2017, after treating for a year and a half, the manager says the system is operating perfectly. There is no smell, and the lines stay clean. 800/223-3083; www.lenzyme.com.
Bioaugmentation used to keep lines clear at casino resort facility
Problem: A major casino-resort facility in Nevada had developed unmanageable grease and odor problems in the drainlines and discharge lines going to the central grease trap. To resolve line blockage, the facility had a contract with a major drain cleaning company that visited daily to snake clogged lines. In addition, the 5,000-gallon primary grease trap that is located in the lower level required weekly pumping at a cost of $1,500 per week. Odor problems in the upper floors were so severe that the exhaust hood fans in the food preparation areas operated 24 hours a day in an effort to reduce drainline gas production. Despite these efforts, drainline gas production and bad odors were still being detected over food preparation odors.
Solution: Bioaugmentation with Bio-Gem from Norweco was started using 32 ounces per day, applied via a metering pump to the butcher shop’s main floor drain.
Result: Odors were eliminated within 24 hours of application. Drainline deposit accumulations were reduced within the first two weeks. Following 30 days of treatment, line snaking was no longer necessary to maintain flow. Based on the results, new sites were selected, and the program has since expanded to 18 sites within the resort. Grease trap pumping was reduced to once a month, creating a cost savings of $4,500 per month. 800/667-9326; www.norweco.com.
Cutter used to remove large root mass from condo’s storm drain
Problem: A Nu Flow Technologies-certified installer in San Diego was called to investigate what was causing a 10-inch-diameter storm drainline at a condo to continually overflow every time it rained. Upon inspection, it was discovered that the 30-year-old line was severely intruded with roots that restricted the flow and caused the backups.
Solution: In order to remove the abundance of roots that had gathered in the pipes, they had to cut them out. The Pneumatic Micro-Cutter from Nu Flow Technologies was used to cut away at the roots. Once complete, the roots could be pulled, and the cluster was revealed to be 15 feet long.
Result: After the roots were removed from the inside of the pipe, the customer decided to install a CIPP liner inside the storm drain to prevent any future roots from penetrating through the pipe. 800/834-9597; www.nuflowtechnologies.com.