Fall Debris Spells Trouble for Catch Basins

Now that September is here, the leaves are beginning to turn colour and we are seeing more and more leaves starting to fall.

It’s a great time of year, but the debris associated with the fallen leaves and twigs can spell trouble for your catch basins. If you haven’t scheduled your annual catch basin cleaning, now is the time to book!  Don’t wait until all the leaves are clogging your drains and you wind up in a bad situation.

Your parking lot, underground parkade and basement are suspect to drainage issues if debris is allowed to accumulate in the system. The EdenFlo team can easily and efficiently clean your catch basins using one of our many pieces of specialized vacuum equipment that allows us to get at even the most challenging drains.

Whether you have a need for catch basin service in  Vancouver, Aldergrove, Surrey, Langley, Burnaby, New Westminster, Delta or White Rock, contact  Edenflo Pump Truck Services at 604-575-1414 and schedule your annual catch-basin inspection and cleaning today.

When to Clean Your Catch Basin

A catch basin is something that’s very easy for a busy person to ignore. Catch basins are also known as “storm drains” and are responsible for diverting excess water run-off into proper drainage channels. When they work properly, they help prevent flooding and over-saturation of critical drain fields and homes.

How often you clean your residential catch basin depends on the purpose that it serves. In BC, many places have catch basins that are connected to sump pumps due to the area’s moist climate and high rates of precipitation. For your house, the catch basin should be cleaned every five years if you are not using your sump pump often. If your sump runs frequently, the basin should be cleaned annually and the sump pump should be inspected. You can schedule this service from EdenFlo along with septic tank cleaning and maintenance.

Catch basins shouldn’t be used as dumps for yard clippings or other natural waste. They can not only back up if clogged, but over time, the walls of the basins get caked with debris and their ability to drain run-off is reduced. If the basin is connected to a sump pump, the waste can clog and break the pump itself, which can leave your home flooded during wet weather.

Many commercial catch basins are located in basements, parkades, and parking lots. We recommend that catch basins for commercial properties be inspected and cleaned on an annual basis, preferably before the fall and winter rainy season.

Clogged catch basins may require additional remediation. Edenflo can provide this service. The standard remedy for cleaning a clogged catch basin is called hydro excavation. Pressurized water is literally used to excavate the debris out of the basin. The debris is captured with a vacuum on a pump truck.

Preventative maintenance of catch basins is as simple as controlling what debris goes into them and having the basins cleaned on an annual basis. Doing these two things will enable you to avoid  a clogged or plugged drain.

Whether you have a need catch basin service  in  Vancouver, Aldergrove, Surrey, Langley, Burnaby, New Westminster, Delta or White Rock, contact  Edenflo Pump Truck Services at 604-575-1414 and schedule your annual catch-basin inspection and cleaning today.

Lower Mainland’s First Choice for Pump Truck Services

Edenflo is the lower mainland’s first choice for residential and commercial pump truck services. Businesses choose us because we have an extremely wide range of services available, a large selection of available equipment, and experience serving the needs of our large and diverse corporate clientele.

We offer the best service to Food Service and Production clients, including Grease Trap and Grease Interceptor cleaning and maintenance, as well as food and organic waste disposal. We offer commercial sanitary services, including holding tank and treatment plant service and maintenance, cleaning and maintenance to sewer lines and pumping stations, and commercial vacuum services.

For those businesses with buildings to maintain, we offer storm drain and catch basin cleaning services, including “lowboy” truck service that’s able to get into underground parking lots and other hard-to-service areas. When a problem occurs, we can positively diagnose blockages and other problems using Video Line Inspection technology, in which a camera is placed at the site of the problem, allowing us to see exactly what’s going on.

We also offer hydro excavation services, which appeal to a large number of clients in diverse industries. Hydro excavation is removal of dirt and other material by “digging” with a high-pressure water jet, and removal of the dislodged material with our vacuum truck. This allows us to unearth utility lines, underground pipes, and other services without disturbing them.

Whether you have a need for vacuum pump service  in  Vancouver, Aldergrove, Surrey, Langley, Buranby, New Westminster, Delta or White rock, forego the backhoe and go with Hydro Excavation.  Contact Edenflo Pump Truck Services at 604-575-1414 and find out what the best vacuum pump option is to get it done, quickly and efficiently.

Hydro Excavation; Better, Faster, Cheaper Compared to Traditional Digging.

Hydro Excavation is a fast and safe method of exposing underground utilities. One of the greatest benefits of using hydro-excavation over other typical forms of excavation is its ability to safely and quickly “dig” in areas where other utilities might be present, without risk of interruption and/or damage to these systems, or injury to workers and others.

Here’s how it works:
Hydro excavation is also called “potholing” or “daylighting”. The procedure involves blasting the soil to be removed with a high-pressure water jet, breaking it up and mixing it with the liquid. The resulting slurry is removed quickly by vacuum, and contained in the truck for appropriate disposal.

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It’s a pretty simple procedure, and for an experienced technician quite quick and easy to execute. Utility companies pioneered the hydro excavation technique because it allowed them to easily locate existing services without damaging them, and install new services quickly and safely. Unlike conventional digging, there’s no danger of destroying an existing service line when digging and destroying it. Landscapers and other contractors adopted the technology because it’s very targeted – it allows you to pinpoint the location of your excavation with minimal damage to adjacent property. Hydro excavation is ideal for stump removal, drilling of postholes, and installation of landscaping features like ponds and man-made streams.

Because hydro excavation is relatively “hands off”, it is safer for the workers involved in your project, and it can be used year-round, using hot water when the earth is frozen in winter.

Whether you have an excavation project in  Vancouver, Aldergrove, Surrey, Langley, Buranby, New Westminster, Delta or White rock, forego the backhoe and go with Hydro Excavation.  Contact Edenflo Pump Truck Services at 604-575-1414 and find out how hydro excavation is the best option to get it done, quickly and efficiently.

Septic Tank Requires Regular Maintenance

Your septic system / tank is meant to separate liquids from solids and to provide some breakdown of organic matter in the wastewater. However, if proper maintenance is not conducted on a regular basis, issues can occur that could impact your septic system, yard, home and belongings.
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Below are some clear identifiers that your septic system may not be functioning optimally:
  • The ground around the septic tank or over the leaching bed may be soggy or spongy to walk on.
  • Toilets, showers and sinks may back up or may take longer than usual to drain.
  • Occasional sewage odours may become noticeable, particularly after a rainfall.
  • Gray or black liquids may be surfacing in your yard or backing up through fixtures into the house.

EdenFlo offers preventive maintenance packages  that will help you avoid costly repairs that can sometimes affect aging or neglected septic systems. Based on the age of your system and the number of people using the system, we will give you friendly reminders when it’s close to time to clean your system. Whether you live in Vancouver, Aldergrove, Surrey, Langley, Buranby, New Westminster, Delta or White rock, EdenFlo can provide regular septic service that includes a  a routine maintenance inspection.     Give us a call at 604 575 1414 or email us at service@edenflo.ca to book a complimentary consultation.

Planting Trees? Keep Them Away From Your Septic Tank and Field.

EdenFlo Pump Truck Services are the experts when it comes to servicing your Septic Field and Septic Tank. Sometimes when our technicians are servicing your system, they have difficulty completing their service as roots have gotten into your drain field. Nearby plants and trees have made their way into the pipes, distribution boxes, and other components of the drain field. This issue with trees and plants can cause big problems with your septic system.

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When your planting, think about where your system is and stay as far away as possible to ensure that this costly repair or replacement doesn’t happen to you.

EdenFlo is the trusted provider of septic field and septic tank pumping in the lower mainland.  When you pump your tank or septic field with EdenFlo, you know you are getting the best service.  Whether your septic service needs are in Vancouver, Aldergrove, Surrey, Langley, Burnaby, New Westminster, Delta or White Rock, EdenFlo can provide pumping service for you.  We will also over a complimentary inspection of your system while we are there.  Give us a call at 604 575 1414 or email us at service@edenflo.ca to book your next septic service.

3 Tips on How to Maintain Your Lower Mainland Septic Tank

Maintaining your septic tank is not just for those who live in rural areas. Even homeowners in urban parts of the lower mainland should ensure they take adequate care of their septic tank to prevent contamination of groundwater. A failing septic system can also lead to foul odor and soggy lawns. To prevent a full-blown disaster, it helps to know how to maintain your septic tank.

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Here are 3 easy tips you can do to maintain your septic tank.

Use Water More Efficiently.

In a typical family living in a single-family home, you can expect each person to use about 70 gallons of water per day. Any water that goes into the drains ends up in the septic system. You can take the following measures to prevent overloading the system:

  • If toilets or taps leak, get them fixed right away
  • Use dishwasher when it is completely loaded or run a shorter cycle to reduce water consumption
  • Install aerators on faucets to reduce the flow of water and minimize your consumption
  • Use energy efficient washing machine or reduce water level when washing smaller loads of laundry
  • Use a displacer in the flush system to reduce the water required to flush the toilet

Watch What You Put In The Toilet.

Anything you flush will end up in the septic tank, which is meant solely for human waste, household gray water, and toilet paper. Don’t dispose the following via your toilet:

  • Cat litter
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Coffee grounds
  • Facial tissues
  • Condoms
  • Dental floss
  • Cigarette butts
  • Household chemicals
  • Grease

The above items can clog the system and adversely effect the bacteria balance that breakdown the human waste. Grease can clog your septic field and the soil will find it difficult to absorb the liquid. If the septic field gets clogged, you will need to find a new one and that can be a costly undertaking.

Take Care of the Septic Field

If your septic field gets soggy, it won’t be able to absorb liquids. Make sure the run off from your eaves troughs and downspouts are away from the field. Plan your home foundation and landscaping in such a way that there is no risk of rainwater soaking into the field.

Do not drive a vehicle over the septic field. It may cause significant damage and the repairs will be costly.

EdenFlo is the trusted provider of septic tank pumping in the lower mainland.  When you pump your tank or septic field with EdenFlo, you know you are getting the best service.  Whether your septic service needs are in Vancouver, Aldergrove, Surrey, Langley, Burnaby, New Westminster, Delta or White Rock, EdenFlo can provide pumping service for you.  We will also over a complimentary inspection of your system while we are there.  Give us a call at 604 575 1414 or email us at service@edenflo.ca to book your next septic service.

 

 

 

Better Weather Doesn’t Hide Your Need to Clean Your Parking Garage Catch Basin

As the weather gets better and the skies clear, it would be easy to forget about the catch basin in your parking garage in the lower mainland.  Chances are there is debris and waste that are partially clogging your drain right now.  Smaller rainfall will hide the fact that there may be a drainage problem that is just waiting to manifest itself into a big clog that can could cause you have to shut down your garage.

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EdenFlo offers the best low clearance parking garage catch basin cleaning in the lower mainland.  Their extensive fleet of “Low Boy” vacuum trucks gets into the tightest parking garages to access your catch basin and drains in the lowest levels of your parkade.

Whether your parking garage drain challenge is in Vancouver, Aldergrove, Surrey, Langley, Buranby, New Westminster, Delta or White rock, EdenFlo can provide  a routine maintenance inspection before you have a full blown drainage emergency. Get it done so that you can ensure that you and your parking patrons can enjoy the best weather of the season.   Give us a call at 604 575 1414 or email us at service@edenflo.ca to book a complimentary consultation.

Drain Cleaning For Your Parking Garage Should Have A Set Schedule

Like you.  We hate surprises.  It seems that we get emergency calls more often than not from property managers with underground parking garages with clogged catch basins.  Yes, EdenFlo appreciates the calls and we are always ready to respond to your emergency needs.
Having said that…. wouldn’t it be nicer and less stressful to put your catch basin or drain cleaning for your underground garage on a set maintenance schedule?
Generally speaking, our low ceiling parking garage clients that allow us to perform regularly scheduled maintenance have fewer urgent issues than those clients that choose to ignore this important mechanical component of your parkade.
Either way, the good news is that EdenFlo Vacuum Truck Service is the expert for drain cleaning for low clearance areas such as  below level parking garages. They have invested in the largest fleet of “Low Boy”  vacuum trucks on the lower mainland. These specially designed trucks can access the lowest clearance areas in a garage, putting the equipment right at the drain for cleaning.

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Whether your low clearance challenge is in Vancouver, Aldergrove, Surrey, Langley, Buranby, New Westminster, Delta or White rock, EdenFlo provides scheduled maintenance service for your parking garage drainage needs.   Call us today at 604-575-1414 or send us an email for a complimentary assessment.

Hydro Flushing Better Option Compared to Snake or Auger Type Cleaners

 
Using high speed / high pressure water to clear blockages in pipe systems is a better approach to cleaning and clearing blocked lines. Unlike conventional auger or snake type cleaners which tend to punch a hole in the existing blockage, hydro jetting/hydro flushing completely removes the blockage by scouring the inside of the pipe. Barring the possibility of a collapsed line, hydro-jetting will solve the problem. Using our video line inspection systems we are able to inspect and assess where the problem may be. 
 
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 The hydro-jetting process will clear the most stubborn line blockages and efficiently scour the entire pipe. This process should be a regular maintenance consideration for businesses such as parkaides, parking garages, restaurants, food processing operations and Property Managers for commercial and residential properties in Vancouver, Aldergrove, Surrey, Langley, Buranby, New Westminster, Delta or White Rock.