Sewer Pipeline

Sewer pipeline is probably one of the oldest types of pipeline systems in existence. Usage of this type of pipeline has been traced back to thousands of centuries. Archaeological excavations have unearthed many such systems made of orange colored clay such as that of timeless pottery pieces. Today, this same orange colored clay pipe material is still the most commonly used for sewage related pipeline construction. This is because of its ability to withstand disintegration from strong acids such as those in harsh chemicals and other liquid pollutants that would otherwise eat through any other type of pipe material.

Originally, these sewer pipe systems were used to irrigate crops using gravity-fed water from local rivers. Not all pipes were cast in a circular shape. In fact, some pipes were cast into a square shapes, with the top part of the pipe open and exposed. These pipes were used to carry away human waste product.

Today, one may notice the term, "storm sewer." This may be due in part because of the pipes ability to be used as either a sewer or storm drainage system, depending on what elements are entering and exiting this storm sewer pipeline system. However, nowadays, this term most often refers to a storm drainage system, rather than a sewer-specific system.

Similarly, in our modern world of construction, sewer pipelines fall within a unique type of grouping called underground pipeline construction dealing with what is called "wet utility." A wet utility is a type of utility having to do with the handling or "utilization" of a liquid in some form or fashion. In this case, sewer or sewerage deals with anything that is gravity fed, and flows from a toilet through to a sewer processing plant.

Before sewer is transported to a sewerage processing plant, there are a series of other sewer pipeline-related structures that it passes through. For example, in the publicly owned right-of-ways, such as city streets, one will notice large metal lids, in the middle of the street, with an "S" or "Sewer" etched on the lid. This metal lid indicates the presence of a sewer pipeline maintenance hole, or sewer manhole, as it is called for short.

These sewer manholes represent a junction where two bodies of sewer pipeline come together and are used to "maintain" and/or monitor and view the flow of sewage to confirm whether there is anything clogging the system.

In privately owned properties, such as a residential tract of homes and retail shopping centers, vertical rising pipe is connected to the horizontally installed sewer pipelines. This vertical rising sewer pipeline is called a sewer cleanout and is installed at approximately every 100 feet, per plumbing code to help "clean out" any clog in the sewer system that could cause plumbing to be backup in a residence or commercial shopping center.

Similarly, another type of wet utility pipeline is the storm drainage system. Like the sewer system, this system also relies on gravity to transport its liquid and also has storm drainage manholes connected to horizontally installed bodies of storm drainpipe. However, this system deals with the handling storm water run-off and related liquid entry forms into the drainage systems, unlike the sewer pipeline system. Storm drainage runoff typically drains directly to our oceans. This is why it is common of ocean-neighboring states to carry anti-dumping laws to prevent pollutants from entering our oceans and harming the ocean wildlife. One may notice signage on the curb of a sidewalk or catch basin, painted blue with a dolphin and a written description indicating "no dumping".... leads to ocean."

As one can imagine, the invention of sewer pipeline, has helped advance civilizations and continues to influence other related types of wet utility pipelines, such as the storm drainage system briefly described above. To have a sewer pipeline system installed properly and for new construction purposes, it's important to seek out a wet utility contractor that specializes sewer pipeline installation. Contact us today. We have been installing sewer pipeline since 1984 and we encourage you to give us a call for your sewer pipeline installation needs.


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Published on July 31, 2012 | Comments: 0

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