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1935 is the approximate era of bell and spigot gasket type sewer systems. In the manner this pipe is assembled to carry sewage, a bell and spigot gasket piped sewer eventually lead to an effective means of clearing blockages. “Sewer Cleaning” was not a term used in the English language. In fact, the popular terminology was, “Rooting”.
Consider, for a moment, how the word “Rooting” fits into the sewer cleaning industry. We hear the term applied in some tense when we call a sewer cleaning service. Adding a hint, the words, “Rooter Man”, “Mr. Rooter”, “Roto Rooter”, …etc. all being company titles, originate from the act of “rooting” a sewer line.
As gasket piping became the preferred method of constructing a sewer system, the moniker, “Rooter Man” became a household term. Reason being, gaskets in the piping eventually rotted or leaked. As the nutrient rich waste water seeped into the earth, vegetation found its way into the sewer system. The result, root intrusion. Roots had to be removed from the sewer line.
Sewer cleaning services involving the removal of sewer blockages caused by root intrusion began to spring up. The sewer service would be summonsed. When the sewer cleaning service arrived, a knock on the door would be followed by an announcement. “Rooter Man”!
Rooter man became the popular terminology of the day for this sewer cleaning service. Reason being, roots grew into the sewer, the sewer service called the method of freeing the sewer from root intrusion, “Rooting” or “Rodding”.
Rooting and Rodding was done by pushing a long, flat, barbed ended rod into the cleanout of the sewer. The hope was to push the barbed end into the blockage, twist and yank as much of the root intrusion out of the sewer as the sewer cleaning service could. Flow was restored. However, once root intrusion had occurred, the process had to be repeated over intervals of a few months.
A sewer cleaning technician by the name of Sam Blanc practiced maintenance of his own sewer. Sam thought, there must be a better way as he worked from his basement. The idea came while observing the oscillating action of his wife’s ringer cloths washing machine. Commandeering the motor from the washing machine, fabricating a woven steel basket and using a coil of sprung steel, Sam Blanc invented the worlds first rotational rooting machine.
The technique in rooting with the flat, barbed end bar was to stab and twist. Sam considered this action with the idea of a cutting blade. But, not just stabbing and twisting. Advancing the cable, sweeping the outside wall and cutting.
Sam Blanc set out with the family car and a trailer in tow. On the trailer, “The Roto Rooter”. Seemingly, overnight, The Roto Rooter sewer cleaning machine was being seen in the use of eliminating root intrusion across the country. Demand for supply gave birth to machine shops under the name, Roto Rooter. The purchase of the “Roto Rooter” machine and the accessories became the purchase of a Roto Rooter franchise.
Today, the offenders of sewer blockage vary. The industry still sees plenty of pipe suffering from root intrusion. However, inappropriate use of the sewer is a larger culprit. “Flushable wipes” are considered “flushable” due to the fact they generally make it out of the toilet when the trip lever is depressed. However, they do tend to accumulate in the sewer line.
Grease is also large on the offending agent list. Hardened and soft accumulations of grease are difficult to clear from the sewer line. Therefore, the sewer and drain cleaning industry implements fine, high pressure jets of water to erode and flush the sewer of grease blockages.
Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning has all of the services available for clearing sewer blockages in homes and the place of business. Sewer size should not be more than 5″ in diameter when contacting Anchor Sewer and Drain Service to restore flow to your sewer line.