Operations & Maintenance

Expand your service menu by using jetters, drain cleaning machines, inspection cameras, locators, and pipeline maintenance and relining systems.
Operations & Maintenance
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Jetting systems

Cam Spray

The RCJ skid-mount jetter series from Cam Spray is available in flows and pressures of 12 gpm at 2,700 psi, 8 gpm at 3,500 psi and 7 gpm at 4,000 psi. Features include a three-plunger industrial pump powered by a 688 cc Honda engine and 200 feet of jetter hose that can be used to supply an optional portable cart reel (available with 200 or 300 feet of jetter hose). Other features include a 35-gallon buffer water tank with float control, powder-coated heavy-duty tube frame, washdown gun and four-nozzle set. The jetter mounts in the side door of a cargo van, truck bed or inside a service truck. 800/648-5011; www.camspray.com.

Draincables Direct

The PJ-3000 portable jetter from Draincables Direct features a 13 hp Honda gasoline engine that delivers 3,000 psi and 4 gpm. It has a line/pipe capacity of 1 1/4 to 6 inches in diameter with 200 feet of 3/8-inch hose and 75 feet of 1/8-inch trap hose. Included in the tool box are nozzle kit, gloves, face shield and tip cleaner. 800/421-4580; www.draincables.com.

K&W Products, Inc.

The Easement Machine from K&W Products Inc. is a heavy-duty, all-terrain, rubber-tracked power carrier used in conjunction with a high-pressure hydraulic sewer cleaner. Able to negotiate ravines, wooded areas, wetlands, narrow alleys and behind homes and buildings, the carrier travels up to 5 mph. Measuring 46 by 114 by 66 inches, the machine weight with reel and hose is 2,900 pounds (gasoline model or 3,200-pound diesel). Features include variable speed reel, water pressure gauge, removable reel (when removed, machine converts to power carrier), reel guide with foot counter, 3 1/2 psi ground-pressure tracks and 27 hp Kohler engine. Options include 600 feet of 1-inch, 2,500-psi hose, hydraulic tilt bed, work light or plug-in spotlight and 26 hp Kubota diesel engine. 800/503-0076; www.kwmiequipment.com.

RS Technical Services

The Jet Cam inspection system from RS Technical Services is adaptable to most jetter systems. Powered by the jetter's 12-volt DC battery system, the unit enables the operator to see the condition of the pipe and cleaning results in real time. Features include reel and controller, 600 feet of single-conductor cable on a motorized reel with torque control, thin film transistor LCD monitor with high-resolution display, 16 high-intensity LED lights, recording capability to flash or USB drive and optional on-screen footage counter display. 800/767-1974; www.rstechserv.com.

Sewer Equipment Co. of America

The Model 747-FR2000 Rotator Jet from Sewer Equipment Co. of America is designed to eliminate most sewer pipeline blockages. Features include a high-pressure water pump (multiple pump flows and pressures available) powered by a diesel or gasoline engine with hydrostatic drive or PTO. Other features include automatic level wind on the rotating hose reel, Duraprolene or Super-Poly water tanks, single or tandem axle trailer, standard, pendant or wireless remote control and protective shrouding with hinged locking doors. Custom nozzle packages are available. 800/323-1604; www.sewerequipment.com.

Vactor Manufacturing

The Vactor Ramjet truck-mounted jetter from Vactor Manufacturing has a 2,500-gallon stainless steel water tank and Jet Rodder water pump that delivers 60 to 100 gpm at 2,000 or 2,500 psi. The unit can be configured with either a front- or rear-mounted hose reel. An auto wind hose guide allows hands-free operation from the control panel. 800/627-3171; www.vactor.com.


Chempure Products

Root Rat cutting nozzles from Chempure Products, designed for use with 11 hp jetters, are available in 3/8-, 1/2-, 3/4- and 1-inch sizes. Made of hardened stainless steel, the cutters come with a tool box and two interchangeable rotors: one with cables and the other with chains. The combination kit includes extra chain, cable and bearings. 800/288-7873; www.chempure.com.


The Paikert sewer and storm cutter nozzle from NozzTeq is a low-speed, hydro-torque impact cutter designed for severe root blockages, concrete, grease, protruding laterals and any substance up to 5,000 psi. The cutter is made to work with jetting machines, even with some water in the pipe. The cutter uses double root saw blades and single hardened bits and is available in sizes from 4 to 24 inches. Custom accessories are available for up to 36-inch lines. 866/620-5915; www.nozzteq.com.

USB – Sewer Equipment Corp.

One-piece, stainless steel cleaning nozzles from USB – Sewer Equipment Corp. are not bonded or screwed together for greater strength and safety under pressure. Advanced Optimized 3D Hydro Mechanics™ in the lower part of the chamber eliminate pressure in the upper portion of the nozzle, preventing explosion in a sewer line or manhole. Water from a pressurized hose is guided into channels and directed into one-piece ceramic inserts that require no winglets or flow straighteners. The nozzles are designed to remove sand, mud, silt, grease and other obstructions from sewer and stormwater lines. Models include the Antiblaster Nozzle 3D, Flying Nozzle 3D, Cleaning Nozzle 3D and FJ Penetrator Nozzle 3D. 866/408-2814; www.usbsec.com.

Drain cleaners

Coast Manufacturing

The TorqueMaster line of drain cleaning equipment from Coast Manufacturing is designed to clear 1- to 10-inch lines up to 300 feet long. Features include double-welded tubular steel frame, dual-capacitor motor (3/4 hp on mainline motors) for easy starts, sealed bearings on shaft and drive arm bearings that never need lubrication. Other features include pulley drive system, 10-inch diameter never-go-flat tires, extra-wide rear handle for added stability and one-person reel changeover. 800/541-7015; www.coastmanufacturing.com.

Duracable Manufacturing

The DM162 drain cleaning machine from Duracable Manufacturing delivers 5/8-inch cable up to 80 feet. Featuring a 1/3 hp motor that runs at 265 rpm, the machine has a built-in tool box and casted, self-aligning head bearing to keep the reel in proper alignment while in operation and allows for quick changeouts. The machine can be operated in both horizontal and vertical positions and has non-marring rubber pads to protect work surfaces. 800/247-4081; www.duracable.com.

General Pipe Cleaners

The Mini-Rooter Pro drain cleaning machine from General Pipe Cleaners features wheels and folding handle for easy transport, maneuverability and storage. The machine clears drains from rooftop to basement, including kitchen, bath and laundry lines. The drum holds up to 75 feet of 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch Flexicore cable for 2-, 3- and some 4-inch lines. For small drain work, the optional J-Drum handles thinner, more flexible cables. The optional Power Cable Feed drives and retracts cable at up to 16 feet per minute. 800/245-6200; www.drainbrain.com.

Gorlitz Sewer & Drain

The Model GO 68 HD heavy-duty electric drain cleaning machine from Gorlitz Sewer & Drain is available with open steel reel or enclosed polyethylene drum and can be outfitted with an optional power feeder. Weighing 185 pounds, the machine includes 150 feet of 11/16-inch hollow core cable and can clean pipes from 3 to 8 inches in diameter. 562/944-3060; www.gorlitz.com.

Ken-Way Corp.

The Junior model drain cleaner from Ken-Way Corp. is built to withstand the demands of professional applications, yet light and compact for easy access to lines up to 4 inches in diameter. The drain cleaner accepts three sizes of drums and operates with 1/4-, 5/16-, 3/8- and 1/2-inch cables. An Easy-Move Cart is available. 800/533-0551; www.ken-way.com.

Spartan Tool

The Model 100 cable machine from Spartan Tool is designed for stubborn blockages in floor drains, ventilation stacks, washing machine lines and other smaller pipes in residences and businesses. Available with three drum options (5/16-, 13/32- and 1/2-inch cable), features include direct-drive motor with slip clutch on the drum to prevent over-torqueing cable. Power feed available for quick feed and retrieval. 800/435-3866; www.spartantool.com.

Pipeline rehabilitation, maintenance


Truck- and trailer-mounted grout rehabilitation systems from CUES are designed for mainline, manhole and lateral joint sealing. Units can be equipped with CCTV equipment and decision-support software for television inspection and documented condition assessment. Systems can be configured to run urethane, acrylimide and acrylate grouts and be mounted in a dry freight box for export. Grout packers are available for mainline and lateral sealing with CUES Granite XP software available to integrate data with asset-management systems, including Hansen, Azteca's CityWorks and GIS mapping systems. 800/327-7791; www.cuesinc.com.


Trap-Cleer waste digestant from Lenzyme features environmentally safe microorganisms that digest grease, oils, fats, starches, proteins and waste paper. The additive is designed to maintain grease traps, aerobic systems, drain lines, sewage treatment lagoons, lift stations, sewer lines and other types of septic systems. The product is available in pre-measured packets, canisters and dissolving blocks. 800/223-3083; www.lenzyme.com.

Municipal Sales

Septic Drainer drainfield restorative from Municipal Sales is designed to break up hard pan, a leading cause of septic drain failure. Hard pan is created when soil mixes with sodium from food waste, shampoos and water softeners. The restorative is not bacterial based, nontoxic and works in all conditions and types of soils. It can be used while Terralifting soil to aid in preventing future closures. 518/747-2044; www.municipalsales.net.

Nu Flow Technologies

The Nu Drain system from Nu Flow Technologies creates a protective, structural pipe liner inside infrastructure and underground pipe. It uses a liner saturated with epoxy to create a barrier that spans missing sections of pipe, creating a seamless, jointless pipe within a pipe. The technology is best suited for pipe 3/4 to 12 inches in diameter and larger custom sizes, while accommodating multiple 45- and 90-degree elbows. Installed through one or two access points, the technology also can be used as a preventative against cracks and intrusions. 800/834-9597; www.nuflowtech.com.

Pipeline Analytics

The WinCan laser module from Pipeline Analytics works with most laser profiling hardware to capture geometric information needed to verify proper pipe installation, plan relining projects, determine remaining pipe life, monitor erosion/corrosion and analyze partial collapses. It accepts standard and HD video and links data for easy recall from a section view or GIS entity. In parallel laser mode, video is analyzed to determine pipe diameter and deformation. In ring mode, a laser ring pattern is extracted from crawler video to trend a pipe's diameter and deformation. In scanning mode, a ring pattern is interpolated from laser dots converted into a solid model, ovality graph or color plot. 877/626-8386; www.pipelineanalytics.com.

Quik Lining Systems

CIPP sewer lateral lining from Quik-Lining Systems allows installation of pipe directly from the wet out stage into the ground without transporting, storing or loading it into a launching device. It also allows installation of unlimited length of resin-impregnated liner from 3- through 8-inch diameters. The pinch roller allows precise calibration of up to 10-inch diameter CIPP tube and most design thicknesses from 2 to 100 mm. The propane heater delivers 199,000 Btus for quick curing and indoor use. 605/868-8670; www.quiklining.com.

Superior Signal Company

The 5E electric smoker from Superior Signal Co. connects to any building cleanout or vent. Once the appropriate smoke candle is lit and the machine is turned on, the blower forces smoke through cracks and leaks, showing hard-to-find faults. Designed for residential and commercial buildings, the smoker includes heavy-duty flexible hose, weighs 8 pounds and is available in 110 VAC or 12 VDC models. 800/945-8378; www.superiorsignal.com.

Wohler USA

A relining adapter kit from Wohler USA is designed for VIS2xx and VIS3xx visual inspection camera systems. The entire circumference of the lateral line is visible when re-installing. The kit comes with a centering star to ensure the camera remains at the bottom of the lateral. Three protection sleeves prevent the camera cable from being cut by the saw during re-installation. 978/750-9876; www.wohlerusa.com.


Ditch Witch

The 830R/T (receiver/transmitter) system from Ditch Witch is a high-frequency locator for tracing poor conductors, including ungrounded tracer wire, and short lengths of utility infrastructure. Features include gain control, auto depth, visual and audio feedback, IP65 environmental rating and long battery life (150 hours on the transmitter, 75 hours on the receiver). Adaptive filtering ensures the locator is responsive in all modes, while peak verify mode gives operators another way to verify the locate. 800/654-6481; www.ditchwitch.com.

Prototek Corp.

The LineFinder LF2200 from Prototek Corp. locates any frequency sonde or transmitter box between 16 Hz and 100 Hz using its frequency sniffing feature. The locator traces underground metallic lines at four built-in standard frequencies (other frequencies also can be detected). The device locates underground power at 50 or 60 Hz. Power frequency, as well as scaling in English or metric units, is user selectable. A series of LCD screens (with automatic backlight) guide the user to locate sondes and lines. Locating is enhanced by handle vibration and LED feedback at key points as well as on-screen imagery. 800/541-9123; www.prototek.net.

Vivax-Metrotech Corp.

The vLocCam2 sonde and camera locator from Vivax-Metrotech Corp. has a dual-core processor, color display and USB interface. The compass feature points the user in the direction of the sonde or camera below ground, helping eliminate false peaks or ghost signals, while the locator displays depth of cover in feet and inches. The receiver comes with sonde/camera frequencies of 8 kHz, 33 kHz, 512 Hz and 640 Hz. The frequency range also provides versatility for locating metallic and non-metallic pipes, drains and ducts. Transmitting sondes are rated to depths of 12 to 20 feet. The receiver is equipped with two passive locate modes (power and radio), which detect the presence of power lines, CATV, telephone and metallic pipes that radiate 60 Hz from nearby or overhead power lines and VLF signal from nearby broadcast towers. 800/446-3392; www.vivax-metrotech.com.

Inspection systems


The EasyCAM III inspection camera from EasyCAM features modular components for easy service. It has a color head camera, choice of 150 or 200 feet of Hytrel push rod, 512 Hz transmitter, on screen digital footage counter, 8-inch LCD daylight readable monitor, voiceover, anodized aluminum frame, 12-volt cordless operation, custom lift/centering kit. The camera also offers SD card recording and can invert pictures 180 degrees. A second RCA video jack is available to use with an off-the-shelf monitor, laptop or TV video goggles. 239/260-2056;        www.plumbersbestcamera.com.

Electric Eel

The eCAM Pro 2 mainline pipeline inspection camera system from Electric Eel features a stainless steel housed, 1.68-inch, self-leveling color camera with sapphire lens, 20 LED light ring (with impact-resistant polycarbonate light ring cover) and high-resolution CCD element. The auto iris adjusts light automatically. A flexible camera spring is designed to navigate 3-inch P-traps. The Pro 2 includes 200 feet of Kevlar braided 1/2-inch diameter push rod, 512 Hz sonde and 10.4-inch daylight readable monitor with click-touch controls for one-touch recording to a USB drive. Other features include on-screen footage counter, adjustable light controls, voiceover recording, 8X zoom, audio/video jacks and 8-inch wheels. 800/833-1212; www.electriceel.com.


The laser profiling accessory for the ROVVER X inspection crawler from Envirosight geometrically profiles the inside of buried pipelines. Captured data is analyzed to verify proper pipe installation, plan relining projects, determine remaining pipe life, monitor erosion/corrosion, quantify defects and analyze partial collapses. The accessory attaches without tools and requires no electrical connection. A hinged mounting system makes it easy to deploy in tight spaces, while twin carbon fiber arms ensure extra rigidity. The accessory profiles lines up to 18 inches in diameter when mounted directly to the crawler. Larger lines are addressed by mounting the accessory to a skid pulled by the crawler. Profile data can be transferred to WinCam V8 inspection software. The laser module can trend diameter and deformation frame-by-frame to generate a solid model, ovality graph or color plot. 866/936-8476; www.envirosight.com.

Forbest Products Co.

The P2P Wi-Fi wireless inspection camera system from Forbest Products Co. has a transmitter that reaches 300 feet and supports iPhone 4/4S, iPad/iPad 2, laptop and tablet with Android, Windows and Mac OS, enabling users to view, record and send video images via the Internet. Designed for Forbest video inspection camera systems, the wireless transmitter can be used with other brands with some modifications. 650/757-4786; www.forbestusa.net.

Hathorn Corp.

The Sonic camera system from Hathorn Corp. includes removable monitor case and 7-inch LCD color monitor. On-screen footage counter and USB recording are available. Three types of camera heads are available, including self-leveling and 1.23-inch mini cameras. Features include 512 Hz transmitter inside a stainless steel flex spring for navigating traps and 90-degree elbows. The reels come with 125- or 200-foot lengths of 1/2- or 3/8-inch Kevlar-braided push rod. 905/886-2835; www.hathorncorp.com.


The GatorCam4 inspection system from Radio-detection is designed for residential and commercial work as well as specialized industrial and municipal applications. The push rod video system has USB connectivity and 1- and 2-inch high-resolution cameras. The controller automatically organizes jobs by client and survey. Flexisight Manager software enables the operator to import, store and manage digital inspection data. Comprehensive reports can be customized, incorporating pipe graphics, descriptions and color-coded defect grading. Rods range from the extra-flexible 100-foot plumbers reel to 500-foot extra-stiff design for longer distances. 877/247-3797; www.radiodetection.com.

RapidView IBAK North America

The MiniLite pan-tilt-zoom push camera with laser measurement from RapidView IBAK North America enables users to inspect, record and measure internal dimensions of smaller pipelines. The system includes a cable coiler cartridge, portable command console, choice of cameras and high-visibility 10.4-inch monitor with full QWERTY keyboard. Features include a built-in mpeg digital video recorder on SD and SDHC memory cards and 100- or 130-foot lengths of cable. 800/656-4225; www.rapidview.com.

Ratech Electronics

The Fast Peek push cable inspection camera system from Ratech Electronics features a 7-inch LCD monitor with electronic controls contained in an ergonomically designed cable reel with rubber wheels. Other features include built-in SD card recorder to store jpeg photos and mpeg videos on an SD card or USB thumb drive. Also included is a waterproof keyboard and on-screen display overlay, providing electronic distance counter, time, date and eight pages of memory, high-intensity LED lights, condenser microphone, variable light intensity control and 1.375-inch self-leveling color camera with scratch-resistant sapphire lens. Included is 200-foot Gel-Rod cable (longer lengths available). 800/461-9200; www.ratech-electronics.com.


The SeeSnake Max rM200 camera system from RIDGID is designed for inspection lines up to 200 feet long and 1 1/2 to 6 inches in diameter. Features include improved reel mechanics for easier passage through tight turns and compact camera. The system includes a docking system for attaching monitors that is compatible with See-Snake CS10 and CS1000 digital recording monitors and integrated transport system. 800/769-7743; www.ridgid.com.

TV Ferret

The Snake Eye mini push rod camera system by TV Ferret features a stainless steel frame and low-friction, multi-conductor push cable, 10.4-inch color LCD monitor, DVR, footage counter and built-in microphone housed in a durable portable case. Other features include self-charging power source for operation when electrical power is not available. The stainless steel camera comes with self-leveling head and variable LED lights (sonde available). 518/399-2211; www.tvferret.com.


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