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Kinds of Work Performed by Sewer Main Contractors

Sewer main contractors have to be called in whenever sewer systems are installed or repaired. Performing the work is a complex task that necessitates a high level of training. Not only do contractors need to know installation processes, they also need to have a solid understanding of OSHA, HAZMAT and EPA regulations. It's important to hire reputable sewer main contractors to minimize risks of workplace accidents or release of environmental contaminants. Contractors should be certified and licensed, as well as carry appropriate insurance policies and construction permits. It's also best to work with contractors that have installed similar systems in the past. Due to the fact that most sewer systems are installed below ground, most contractors employ subsurface utility engineering companies to provide underground surveys. SUE was developed for the Department of Transportation during the late 80s and was primarily used for highway construction projects. SUE methods were so successful at reducing workplace injuries and accidents that it quickly became a preferred method amongst pipeline construction companies. Subsurface utility engineering makes uses of a variety of hi-tech tools that can identify precise locations of existing pipelines and utility systems. Having the capacity to locate pipeline significantly lessens the potential for workers to break pipes during excavation. SUE is frequently used anytime contractors install, repair, replace, or remove water and sewer mains and storm water drainage systems. Design engineers have to account for numerous factors when designing municipal sewer systems. Public waste has to be conveyed through a series of trunk and branch pipes where it is deposited at treatment facilities and undergoes extensive filtration processes. Sewer contractors are often involved with monitoring systems to make certain that pipes do not have leaks or cracks that could contaminate potable water or cause flooding along residential or city streets.
WATER * SEWER * FIRE LINE * STORM DRAIN * SUBSURFACE UTILITY ENGINEERING 1639 E. Miraloma Avenue * Placentia, CA 92870 * P (714) 986-1400 * F *714) 986-1416 www.KanaPipeline.com LIC 461487A

Sewer manholes are an essential element of public sewer systems. Not only do manholes grant access to subsurface systems, they also act as a relief value for gasses that accumulate in sewer pipes. Manholes are attached to trunk pipes which make use of branch pipes to extend the system throughout the community. Systems also require laterals and connectors to move water to the designated point of discharge. For the most part, sewage is transported through pipelines by gravitational pull. Anytime systems are positioned at or below sea level, design engineers have to incorporate lift stations in the blueprints. Contractors use lift stations to elevate pipes so sewage can run downhill until it connects with a gravitational pull system that carries waste to treatment facilities. Raw sewage goes through a series of filtration processes to eliminate environmental toxins and lessen impact when discharged. The EPA requires pipes used in public sewer systems to include oil and water separators that start the filtration process while being transported to treatment plants. Every stage of building and installing public sewer systems involves extensive planning to lessen risks associated with toxic materials. Sewer main contractors must make certain systems are in total synchronization to ensure sewage is transported to treatment facilities in a safe manner while complying with EPA guidelines.

WATER * SEWER * FIRE LINE * STORM DRAIN * SUBSURFACE UTILITY ENGINEERING 1639 E. Miraloma Avenue * Placentia, CA 92870 * P (714) 986-1400 * F *714) 986-1416 www.KanaPipeline.com LIC 461487A