Glossary of Sewer Terms and Definitions
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Mechanical device that digs into soil creating narrow trenches to lay pipe or cables.
Trenchless sewer repair
Process of subsurface pipe replacement, rehabilitation or a new installation with the least amount of trenches and environmental disruption.
Tanks mounted on a trailer that may be certified to handle hazardous or non-hazardous waste.
Tool that cleans out debris from manholes after a sewer pipe cleaning operation.
A method of soil extraction by vacuum hose and holding tank and soil loosening by either high pressure water or air hand lance.
Powered truck or trailer mounted vacuum tank with an extended vacuum hose and hand lance for soil loosening using high pressure water or air. Also called "hydro excavator", "hydro vac", "suction excavator".
Method by which a mechanical vacuum pump removes gases from a sealed vacuum tank, creating vacuum pressure to lift liquids or semi-solids.
Vacuum truck loader
Mechanical vacuum pump that transfers/loads materials and liquids either into or from a holding tank via vacuum hoses.
A pressurized air tight holding tank mounted on a truck chassis configured to collect, hold or transfer liquids, semi-solids or materials. Also called "industrial vacuum trucks".
Data storage device such as a tape or memory card from sewer inspection camera operations.
The collection, transportation, processing and disposal of sewage.
Wastewater collection system
Network of pipes that convey water and waste water from residential and industrial sources to treatment plants.
Very high water pressure machine for cleaning surfaces.
The level below which the ground is saturated with water.
Perforated pipe for tiles along the foot of foundations that directs groundwater away.
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