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Drain Cleaning Machine Safety Tips

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Drain Cleaning Machine Safety Tips
Issue Time:2019-03-18

Whether you are aprofessional plumber or a DIY novice, user safety is crucial when using adrainage cleaner. These convenient machines can cut off blockages quickly andeasily, but they can be dangerous if used improperly. In addition, wastewatertreatment at any time is at risk of being infected or ill by waterbornepathogens. Our easy-to-implement safety tips will help to make your worksmoother and faster, and also help to ensure that you and others nearby use thedevice safely.

Machine Safety

l  Read the manual – Do not use the draincleaning machine unless you have read the operating instructions.

l  Check the pipe diameter, its length, andthe obstructions- choose the proper cable and cutters for the situation-toosmall will be ineffective, too large will be difficult to guide the cable

l  Always inspect the machine for damagebefore using and check the cable for kinks

l  Clear any standing water in the work area -make the area as dry as possible to help prevent electrocution

l  Examine the power cord and plug for damage

l  Examine the body of the machine and inspectfor damage or defects.

Operator Protection

l  DO always wear gloves when using thismachine. Make sure not grasp turning cable with rags or gloves that are loosefitting. Loose fitting gloves or rags can become wrapped around or lodgedin-between cable causing serious injury.

l  DO be extremely careful when cleaningdrains where chemical cleaning compounds have been previously used.

Operational Safety

l  Don't touch your face - eyes, ears, nose,mouth - and always wash up with soap and water for at least 30 seconds afterusing the machine

l  Place the machine no more than 2-3 feetfrom drain opening to prevent cable looping.

l  Only use reverse when the cable is caught -the cable can flip or come out of the drum causing injury.

l  Don't force the cable through a blockage -let the cutter do the work - forcing the cable can cause damage/injury

l  Don't overstress the cable - this leads totwisting, kinking, breaking

l  Most units are designed for 1 personoperation - the same person should control the cable and operate the pedal

l  When working on a fixture drain, you couldhave a pipe inspection camera to check the clogs, then choose the right cuttingtools

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