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Sewer Diving: No, It's Not A Hobby, But The Pay Is Awesome

Patsy Peterson

Most sewer systems collect waste and wastewater from the streets. A sewer main is the main sewer tunnel that travels from any one area to the nearest sewage treatment plant. Whenever there is a high volume of sewage and/or sewer water, there is always the risk of blockages by feces and harder debris. That is when cities call in the sewer divers. Here is more about sewer divers and what they do.

What Sewer Divers Do

Sewer divers cover themselves from head to toe in special diving suits. These suits protect them from all of the health issues that could occur by diving into raw sewage (e.g, toxic ammonia levels, blood-born pathogens, diseases, and parasites, cleaning chemicals that could eat holes in your flesh, etc.). Then they dive into sewer tunnels and sewage tanks to loosen the blockages that prevent proper sewer flow. They may also perform sewer main cleaning while releasing a blockage.

Why Sewer Divers and Cleaners Do It

It is a dirty, disgusting job, but somebody has to do it. No truer a statement can be said about sewer divers and sewer cleaners. For their valiant, life-risking efforts, they are paid between $36,000 and $75,000 per year. The official category of their jobs falls under HAZMAT, short for "HAZardous MATerials." Considering the very nature of their jobs, these folks should be paid much more than that, or at least get a generous 'thank-you" from everyone who meets them.

Think Your Sewer Line Has a Clog?

If you think the sewer main on your street has a clog, the first thing you should do is contact your city's water and sewer department. The person who answers the phones in the office can verify with city sewer crews if there is a problem, and whether or not the crew is working on it. In the mean time, you may experience a backflow of raw sewage in your bathroom drains. Sit tight; it will stink and look disgusting for a while, but then it will all sink back down the drain.

If the city is unable to address the issue right away, make contact with a sewer diver. The diver will have to clear the dive with the city, since the city will have to pay the diver. The diver can find the source of the clog (if there is one), and then address the problem right away so that your plumbing begins to run properly again. Contact a plumbing service, like Young Plumbing Corporation, for more help.


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Keeping your home's plumbing system in good working order is a family job. Have you taught your kids what should never be flushed down the toilets or poured down the drains? Do your kids know what to watch for to know that there is a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed? If your kids know what to look for, they will be less likely to contribute to making a minor plumbing problem more serious. This blog will show you things that you should teach your kids so that everyone can work together to protect the entire plumbing system in your home.