Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, and drains.
Septic tank servicers usually work for small companies or are self-employed. They service septic tanks at private homes that are not hooked up to city sewers. Sewer pipe cleaners usually work for city sewage systems or public works departments.
Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners share many of the same tasks. Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners operate cleaning equipment such as power rodders and high speed cleaning jets. They clean sewage collection points and sanitary lines. They use a device with a revolving cable to clear mud or roots from the line.
Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners also repair:
- Sewer lines
- Catch basins
Septic tanks and sewer lines are underground. Servicers and cleaners measure and mark where to dig. If the job is small, they dig out the area themselves. Otherwise, they get help from a crew. If necessary, they use an air hammer or pick and shovel to break asphalt or concrete. Once they find the damaged pipe, servicers cut it out and replace it using a pipe sleeve. They make other types of repairs to catch basins or culverts. Once the repair is made, they use tools to cover the repaired area and pack the ground.
Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners perform various other tasks. They report to and communicate with supervisors. They keep records of the maintenance and repair work they do. In addition, they often service and make small repairs to the equipment they use. They also drive large trucks to transport their equipment.