Tips & Tricks
The sectional cable machine offers several key advantages in comparison to a drum-style drain cleaner. While the drum machines work well in certain applications, the versatility of the sectional machine is exceptional. First, the sectional cable machine allows for 500 RPM cable rotation, twice that of most drum machines. A major benefit of this is that the higher RPM offers better cleaning power for tough stoppages, such as roots. A second important advantage the sectional has versus the drum style involves the cable usage. The sectional cables, typically sold in 8 ft. increments, are more economical in that one section of cable can be replaced at a time. A damaged or worn section can simply be removed and replaced at a job site and can continue. A damaged continuous cable used in a drum machine will often interrupt the completion of a job until the entire cable can be replaced. The sectional machine is definitely more economical and less time consuming with respect to cable replacement and usage.
A third benefit of the sectional cable drain cleaners comes from a completely adjustable clutch feature you will find on a professional quality machine. The clutch protects the cable from overload when a tough stoppage is encountered. A fourth, and sometimes overlooked benefit, is that a drum-type machine has a fixed capacity of cable length typically 100 feet or less. The sectional machine can clean to distances in excess of 200 feet.
Other aspects of the sectional machine which are desirable are its light weight, ease of transportation, and a fold-down handle for easy use in restricted areas such as crawl spaces.
The "Ins & Outs"
When it comes to cleaning clogged drains, everyone wants to get in and out as fast and safely as possible, so rental professionals rely on manufacturers for answers to the "Ins & Outs" of drain cleaning equipment, and for how to get the job done safely, efficiently and as profitably as possible.
2 important questions go a long way to determine what drain cleaning equipment is needed for a job:
Diameter and length usually tell you which machine to go with for a job. Of course there are always jobs that may need more specific consideration.
Determining the proper size equipment for the job is critical in cleaning a drain effectively. If a machine too small for cleaning a large line is used, the cleaning attempt will be ineffective, and the line will either stay clogged or slightly open and ready to clog again. Using a machine too large for a smaller pipe will have difficulty guiding the heavier cable through the line.
Many situations need cables that are 100 feet long or more to reach all the way through floor drains to the nearest sewer. Pipe diameter, length and material, as well as the nature of the clog, are important to know when deciding the best way to solve the problem. The most common drain materials are plastic, malleable iron, cast iron and copper. Some larger drains are cast iron, cement or clay. Underground lines are often made of cast iron, plastic, or clay and are among the toughest drain lines to clear because of penetrating tree roots blockages. In such situations, it's important to use cable heavy enough and long enough, that has enough flexibility to get past tees and ells, and that features a cutting tool that will cut through heavy roots. If the cable is old or damaged, it can break off and require a retriever to recover it. Proper maintenance and routine inspection will help minimize cable problems.
Cast iron, steel and even copper pipes can corrode. It's important to consider these materials, in addition to what flows through them. Condensate return drains contain hot water and steam, which combine to produce carbonic acid that rapidly corrodes the copper or steel pipe wall, and can break off causing blockages at bends.
Fixture drains are commonly made of thin gauge copper or plastic, and are more fragile and easily damaged, especially with powered drain cleaners. Equipment operators must be careful to gradually work the clog loose without exerting too much force. Material in these drains is usually hair and soap scum, and might require chemical treatment, as well as powered options, starting with a hand snakelike the Hande Drain Cleanerand working up to electric powered equipment when needed.
Cable kinking, one of the most common problems in drain cleaning, can be prevented by using the right machine for the job, meaning less repair expense and more satisfied customers.
Using a pipeline inspection camera system helps determine the right drain cleaning machine. Use of an inspection camera system also provides a digital record of work for future reference. An integrated transmitter in the cable helps find the location and depth of an obstruction if excavation is necessary.
Clearing Out Specific Drain Blockages
Cables do most of the work inside the, so it's important to understand different types of cable and tools. Cables are the consumable wear-and-tear part of the product that need routine examination and maintenance. Proper maintenance and cable repair will help to increase profits and get the machine quickly back to safe "rental ready" condition. Electric Eel outlines the cable repair process step-by-step in our tool rental maintenance book. For a FREE copy call (800) 833-1212 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and ask for the TOOL RENTAL MAINTENANCE TRAINING PROGRAM BOOK.
Safety Concerns Are More Important When Renting
Regardless if someone is properly trained and comfortable using the equipment, operators need to follow basic safety measures when cleaning drains and pipelines. Key safety factors include the following:
• Ensure that electric drain cleaning machines have a properly functioning electrical cord with a built-in GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) and use only a three-wire extension cord that has a three-pronged, grounding-type plug.
Please contact us with any questions or needs you may have concerning your drain cleaning equipment. We want to help our customers and renters get in and out of drain cleaning jobs as fast and safely as possible.