Sometimes you have to pay a heavy price for carelessness. Pouring hot grease down your kitchen sink can lead to more complications than you think. It cools down and coagulates at one spot inside the pipe in Alberta’s cold weather, slowly growing in size as more and more is disposed of incorrectly every day. In a few days, drains in the kitchen and elsewhere are reeking with gray drainage visible inside them. The problem is that to melt the coagulated grease, a high temperature is required, and it eventually blocks the pipe. If luck is not on your side, the contents of the pipe that cannot pass down to the septic tank start to freeze. As the drain water solidifies and freezes, it can cause cracks in the line. The cause doesn’t have to be grease. It could be anything flushed down or dumped in the basin or bathroom drain causing the problem, like paper, hair, wrappers, etc. Contact a hydrovac crew at the earliest to find an appropriate solution for the frozen septic pipes.
Special tip for a hose to unblock a septic pipe
For starters, the hydrovac crew will look for the closest entry point near the blockage. If it is close enough to the reason for the blockage, a ‘snake’ is inserted to unblock the pipe. The snake is a small hose with a special tip. Water passes through the tip which has a minuscule jet to create a tiny stream of water that has extremely high pressure for penetrating the blockage in front of it. The back of the snake has six jets at a 45-degree angle that point backward to thrust the snake forward and push the broken-up debris or frozen chunks of ice to the back. The suction hose is positioned at the pipe entrance where the hydrovac’s vacuum is pulling out the debris. The tip can be manipulated to maneuver around corners and elbows in the pipe using the hose.
Excavate septic pipes for repair or replacement
A quick solution is required for broken or cracked frozen septic pipes. The ice inside causes damage when it expands in the cold weather, and the line needs to be repaired or replaced. The task required to normalize things is exposing the pipe for inspection and then excavating the damaged line to enable full visibility and access by experts. A hydrovac crew is appropriately equipped to expose and excavate lines of all sorts. The hydrovac operator and swamper work at exposing the lines without endangering them using a controlled jet spray of water through a wand. The slurry created of ice, soil, and other solids surrounding the frozen septic pipes is cleared with a powerful vacuum connected to the nearby truck’s debris tank. After the hydrovac crew has completed the daylighting or pipeline excavation, the site’s lines are ready for immediate survey and inspection.