Safe and Effective Pipe Cleaning

NASSCO aims to supplement its Jetter Code of Practice Manual with a video that explains and demonstrates proper cleaning methods

Blockages, root intrusion and other issues can cause major problems for water, wastewater and stormwater pipes. Proper and effective cleaning can improve system hydraulics and reclaiming lost capacity.

Proper cleaning also extends the life of the system by removing roots, grease and other materials that accelerate pipe deterioration. The concern, however, is that the process can be complicated. Without proper training and understanding, the process can fail and can even cause serious injury.

In our mission to set industry standards for the rehabilitation of underground pipelines, NASSCO has identified education on pipe cleaning techniques, and especially the use of jetter equipment, as a critical need for the industry. This is not learn-as-you-go technology. The availability of a comprehensive step-by-step cleaning reference is critical to an effective sewer maintenance program and to successfully mentoring newer employees.

Through the years, NASSCO has provided a variety of resources on this subject. To ensure that information about cleaning techniques is of the highest quality and integrity, we offer resources that go beyond guidelines provided by manufacturers. The resources we publish are developed by industry experts and then reviewed by a peer committee to ensure impartiality.

It all began in 2006 when NASSCO made sewer cleaning and safety a priority by introducing the original Jetter Code of Practice Manual. Designed to help anyone who operates or supervises the use of a jetter trailer or truck, the manual provides a thorough understanding of cleaning techniques, equipment selection and sewer and stormwater operational improvements.

Since its introduction, the manual has evolved to include new and updated information gained from practical, in-the-field experience. The latest evolution has been the recent introduction of the Jetter Code of Practice Manual in Spanish.

While these manuals are an important and reliable go-to source, we realized that some people learn better by seeing. Given the critical importance of proper cleaning techniques, NASSCO and industry leaders and experts are developing a video that offers information on equipment and tools, step-by-step instructions, and safety tips for successfully cleaning pipes.

The video will cover basic information and benefits of pipe cleaning, followed by an overview of jetter and vacuum units, components, and their capabilities. It will conclude with a demonstration of sewer cleaning from start to finish, highlighting machinery, tools, and technology.

The video will be a valuable supplement to the Jetter Code of Practice Manual and will leave operators, supervisors, and managers with a clear understanding of safe and efficient use of sewer cleaning and jetting equipment. We plan to release the video in early 2011.

Ted DeBoda is executive director of NASSCO. He can be reached at NASSCO is located at 11521 Cronridge Drive, Suite J, Owings Mills, MD 21117.


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