Monthly Archives: October 2017

 Lost Parking Spaces in Underground Parking Garage Due to Drain Back-Up More than an Inconvenience.

Let’s think about the real impact of taking a few parking stalls out of circulation due to a drain back-up in your underground garage.
Revenue:  The lost revenue associated with an inaccessible parking stall will add up quickly.  Depending on the lower mainland location, this could be as high as $75 / day
Customer Inconvenience:  If you have assigned parking, your customer that is effected by the inaccessible stall will be looking to you for some compensation or perhaps even look for new arrangements
Reputation:  With a quick post to a smart phone, your customer can quickly steer other potential parkers away from your underground garage.  These posts live on the Internet forever…
EdenFlo offers the best drain cleaning solution for underground garages in the lower mainland.  We have just added to our “Low Boy” fleet to ensure that when you call, we can have the right equipment to your garage to address the problem.  The Low Boy has a very short profile which means it can access your drain or catch basin in your low ceiling underground garage better than traditional vacuum trucks.  More efficient means less time on site – the job is done faster and better.
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 parkade drainage needs. Don’t wait until you have a back up that leads to customer issues and lost revenue.   Now is the time to book your drain cleaning service.

EdenFlo Now Offering Perimeter Drain Cleaning Service

A perimeter drain is something that all houses have, and it is designed to prevent water from seeping into your basement. It is intended to attract water in the soil that has either accumulated from heavy rains, melting snow, or from rising groundwater. It then carries the water away from your house, so it is less likely to seep in through your basement walls.

How does it work?

A perimeter drain, is a plastic or PVC perforated pipe, which is installed underground, around the perimeter of your house. The perforations allow water to enter the pipe, and be drained away from the foundation of the home. The pipe is normally covered by a mesh permeable “sock” which helps to prevent soil from getting into the pipe. It is then covered by layers of gravel of graduated sizes (largest close to the pipe, followed by smaller gravel), and finally backfilled with soil. The gravel allows water to flow towards the drainage pipe, without allowing dirt and debris to clog it up. The drain tile is installed in such a way, so it slopes away from the home, and carries the water towards an interceptor sump that is typically located in the yard.  This interceptor is a collection sump for any debris or dirt that does happen to make its way into the drain tiles.  From the interceptor, water will flow out to the City connection. The interceptor sump provides access to the lines surrounding the home for the purposes of hydro flushing.  Edenflo utilizes hydro flushing to remove any built-up dirt and debris in your lines, ensuring that the system functions as intended.  When a house is constructed, a certain amount of dirt around the perimeter of the home is excavated. Once construction is finished, this dirt is put back into place, making it looser than the untouched soil next to it. Therefore, water runs more easily through this soil, which just happens to be right next to your basement or crawl space walls. This is one of the reasons it’s so important to have a good perimeter drain to get that water away from your house.

What should you do when something goes wrong?

Over time, perimeter drains can become clogged by dirt, roots, or other debris and will then be unable to carry water away from your house. If the perimeter drain is clogged, water may seep into your concrete basement wall because it’s got nowhere else to go. Concrete is not impermeable, so it is very important to keep the water running away.

Older homes sometimes have clay or concrete weeping tiles, which do tend to deteriorate, collapse, and become blocked with dirt and roots as they age. You may need to replace the whole system with modern plastic weeping tile, or in some cases, you can simply replace the damaged sections.  If the tiles have a blockage, but they haven’t collapsed, EdenFlo may be able to flush the system and clear the blockage.  If this is the case, it is a relatively small cost (most houses can be flushed for $600 to $1000).  In some cases, after EdenFlo has performed the work, the system may still not function.  This will be due to damage to the drainage system.  At this point, EdenFlo will locate the problem areas at ground level and recommend a qualified drainage company to excavate the area and repair or replace the perimeter drain system.

If you have perimeter drainage issues around your home, think of EdenFlo first before you go to the significant expense of  excavation.

EdenFlo offers perimeter drainage service in most areas of the lower mainland including Vancouver, Aldergrove, Surrey, Langley, Buraby, New Westminster, Delta and White rock.