Sewer Pipe Cleaner

Keep sewages lines flowing by busting tree roots and stubborn clogs.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $53,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sewer Pipe Cleaners do?

A sewer pipe can be a homeowner’s best friend and worst nightmare. If all is going well, the sewer pipe transports nasty water and wastes far away from the house. If something goes wrong, those wastes can come right back.

The results can be disgusting and downright dangerous, but a Sewer Pipe Cleaner can make everything right once more. That’s because a Sewer Pipe Cleaner has the knowledge and the tools to clear those pipes.

Trees will do their part to ensure that you’ll always have work as a Sewer Pipe Cleaner. Their deep roots puncture right through your precious pipes. You dig down to uncover the pipe, and use a large tool spiked with knives to whirl through the roots and restore the flow. Then, you patch the holes the roots caused.

When there are no trees to blame, you may need to work like a Private Detective to find the cause of the problem. In these cases, you lower another large tool into the pipe from a manhole in the street, and you move forward and forward until you find a blockage. Next, you pull your tool back out and inspect the materials, trying to determine what the blockage is made of. Then, you use more specialized tools to dig through the blockage and restore the flow.

A homeowner’s sewer pipes connect to a larger sewer system that the city owns. This sewer line can sometimes block up, back up, or clog. When the homeowner’s line to the city system is clear, you call a Sewer Line Repairer to fix the city’s system and give the homeowner some relief.

Should I be a Sewer Pipe Cleaner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Drain Cleaner, Electric Sewer Cleaning Machine Operator, Pipe Cleaning Machine Operator, Septic Cleaner See More

    How to become a Sewer Pipe Cleaner

    Most Sewer Pipe Cleaners have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9maaaa&chl=no+college+%2883%25%29|certificate+%2817%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,83,83
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