Ask the Drain Brains: 10 Drain Cleaning Machine Safety Tips You Should Know
Ask the Drain Brains
By Marty Silverman
General Pipe Cleaners
Q: We’re new to owning our own drain cleaning equipment. What tips can you give us for safe operation of our machines?
A: I’m glad you asked. Drain cleaning can be profitable and risk-free if you follow some simple safety precautions.
- Wear only leather gloves. Never wear rubber gloves.
- Always wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from debris.
- Don’t grasp the cable while it’s spinning. You could lose a finger.
- Checked for damaged power cords before you start.
- Be sure the machine is plugged into a properly grounded outlet.
- Operate the machine within two feet of the drain opening to prevent cable whipping.
- Don’t force the cable through the blockage. Let the cutter do the work.
- Make sure your machine has a belt guard in place.
- Read and understand the operating instructions.
- Use common sense.
No matter what safety features a machine has, no machine is safer that its operator. Make sure you and your personnel are well versed in the proper safety procedures for your machine.
Does operating a drain cleaning machine have to be dangerous? No. Just like driving a car, don’t run red lights, pay attention to what you’re doing and, most important, use common sense.