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Weirdest Things Found in Sewer Pipes by Plumbers

At American Jetting in Arizona, we specialize in commercial hydrojetting. We have been in the business for over 25 years doing hydro-jetting to clear clogged sewer lines. We found many a nasty thing causing the blockages, like grease-balls, hairballs, hair-grease-balls, and all sorts of gunk made from all things unmentionable. It is our job to clear whatever is causing the blockage and force it down the drain with high-pressure water cleaning. The hydrojetting leaves pipes like brand new and running perfectly when the procedure is finished.

American Jetting does commercial drain cleaning using hydrojetting high-pressure water cleaning. We cover the entire state of Arizona, primarily Maricopa County, including the greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area and Tucson.

American Jetting provides professional jetting services in the Arizona cities of Anthem, Avondale, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Chandler, Citrus Park, El Mirage, Fountain Hills, Gila Bend, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Litchfield Park, Mesa, New River, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Rio Verde, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, Tucson, Wickenburg, and Youngtown.

Urban Sewer Legends that are True

There is quite a bit of lore about things found in the sewer drains. One of the most famous is the rumor of gigantic alligators found in New York City sewers. Well, maybe not in New York, no one knows for sure, but certainly, alligators in sewers have been found in other places.

Here are the top three things we like, which were actually found in sewers:

  1. Cow - We know this sounds like an Internet hoax, but seriously, in 2014, the Huffington Post reported that a farmer in China lost a cow that ran away and found the cow a few days later. The cow was stuck down in a storm drain. The farmer discovered this, when he heard the cow mooing. There is even a video of the rescue to prove it.
  2. Diamond Ring - A woman in Florida lost her engagement ring, when it fell down the bathtub drain. When local sewer workers showed up a few days later in front of the house for regular maintenance of the city sewer lines, she told the workers of her loss. They carefully removed all the sludge from the sewer lines and took it back to the treatment plant where they dumped it out. One worker spent over an hour searching through the debris using a rake, when he miraculously found the missing ring. It was cleaned, then sanitized, and then given back to the woman who cried with delight.
  3. Gold - Reuters reported in 2009, that the Suwa treatment plant in Japan recovered much gold from sewage waste. They found 1,890 grams of gold per ton of incinerated waste. That is far higher than the amount of gold found at the Hishikari Mine in Japan owned by Sumitomo. The Hishikari Mine is the most productive mine in Japan and produces about 20 to 30 grams of gold per ton of material. The high concentration of gold found at the Suwa treatment plant, in the sewage waste, came from the high concentration of electronic equipment manufacturing plants in the area. They use precious metals in the manufacturing processes and some of the metal gets lost down the drains. The finding of gold in sewage is not limited to Japan. A study reported by the Smithsonian in January 2015, said that researchers from Arizona State University concluded that a million-person city would produce about $13 million of precious metal in the sewage waste each year.
    Arizona State University is in the area where American Jetting does commercial hydrojetting. Maybe American Jetting should add gold prospecting to its efforts as well. Call us when you need commercial drain cleaning services to unblock clogged sewer pipes.


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