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13 Ways to Ensure Safety When Using a Drain Cleaner

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We all heard that story of tragedy wherein a man got electrocuted or got his one or two fingers tear off his hand while using the drain cleaning machine. These could have been avoided if these easy steps have been observed.  

  1. Cardinal Rule: Utilizing your common sense will save you from hazardous conditions.  

  2. Thoroughly inspect the machines for faulty switches and missing ground prongs, defective power cords and pulled out strain reliefs.

  3. A ground fault circuit interrupter is a must from all machines. The machine, as well as the cord, is secured if the ground fault circuit interrupter is consolidated into the power cord.

  4. Plugged the machine into a correct grounded outlet. By coming into contact with the machine, the operator can be electrocuted if the ground wire is charged with electricity. To guarantee that the outlet is safe, use a UL/CSA- accepted tester.

  5. To be certain that there will be no electricity racing from the pedal to the machine, it should be examined to make sure it has a pneumatic foot pedal, and an air bubble associated with the device through an air hose.

  6. Use a three-wire, heavy-duty extension cord that is in superior quality if the power cord provided with the machine is not long enough. Overheating of motor and critical power loss can happen if you use lighter cords.

  7. Leather gloves are a must. No other type of gloves will do. Gloves made of rubber or cloth can get snatch between the coils when managing the cable and can take off a finger. We don’t want that to happen.

  8. With the intent for in-depth operation, position drum-type and sectional machines within two feet of the drain. Race the cable through a pipe if you can’t secure the machine this close to averting from cable whipping.

  9. Through the blockage, do not enforce the cable. Allow the cutter to do the task. You could harm yourself or damage the cable and it will not get the task any quicker than you’d like to. It could also harm the operator in the process if torque on the cable is unrestrained prompting it to whip and kink.

  10. If you are utilizing a sectional walk-behind machine, do not come in contact with the cable while it is still whirling. It will not be necessary. When there is a problem making the cable started in the drain, use a cable feeding tool.

  11. When controlling the machine, to protect your eyes from rubble that might sprinkle from the drain, constantly wear safety glasses.

  12. The individual handling the foot pedal should also be the person in-charge for handling the cable. Drain cleaners are ideal for one man operation. The machine should also have a belt guard.

  13. Follow the directions given on the manual. Read the maintenance steps outlined in it and change lost, worn safety decals.

Bottom Line: When the operator is not equipped in the correct safety methods for the machine and less so if caution is not practice, it would not matter if a machine has all the safety features. Always keep your head above water. Exercise caution and presence of mind. Common sense can take you a long way and prevent disasters from happening.