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LowBoy Drain Cleaning Service a Hit for Lower Mainland Underground Parking Garages

With the density of population in the lower mainland, parking is at a premium.  Many buildings rely on underground parking garages to satisfy tenant and employee parking needs.  Some parkades exceed six floors underground. There is a growing issue of dirt buildup and flooding (due to blocked drains and clogged sump pits and pump chambers) commonly seen in multi-level underground parking lots. Until now, the cleaning and maintenance of catch basins/sump pits and pump chambers  in below ground parking facilities has been awkward with getting standard vacuum equipment into typically tight spaces associated with  below level parking.

EdenFlo has solved the height problem by customizing a vacuum truck that fits easily under the low ceilings  of a parking garage. The “Low Boy” can expertly maneuver in very low – clearance areas and efficiently inspect and clean  troublesome catch basins.

LowBoy service for underground parkades and low clearance areas to clean and maintain catch basin, pump chambers and sump pits

LowBoy service from EdenFlo makes sump pit and pump chamber cleaning and maintenance easy

Soon our fleet of will grow to 3 LowBoys to serve the Vancouver, Surrey, and other lower mainland markets. In addition to our fleet of  vac trucks, drain cameras, mechanical snakes,and  jetters, the LowBoy compliments all our existing services.  EdenFlo offers service for driveways and yard drains, sump pits, above and underground parking lots, all residential, high-rise, municipal, commercial or industrial properties and warehouses.

Whether your low clearance challenge is in Vancouver, Aldergrove, Surrey, Burnaby, Delta or Whiterock, EdenFlo provides scheduled maintenance service for your parking garage drainage needs.  Regular cleaning and inspection gives you the peace of mind to know that the lower mainland’s best vacuum truck service is keeping your parking area high and dry.

Storm Drains and Catch Basins – Preventive Maintenance

Storm-Drain-Catch-BasinWhen it rains, or there’s a sudden snow melt (rare here in the lower mainland, but possible), it’s essential that the infrastructure in an urban or suburban area is designed so that there’s somewhere for the water to go. Otherwise, it ends up pooling in basements and around building foundations, where it can cause costly damage and lead to structural problems, mould growth, and other unpleasant conditions.

Most areas use storm drains (intakes that are connected to municipal storm sewers) and catch basins (“holding areas” for water that can fill when there’s a lot of flow, and empty slowly later) for runoff management.

It’s easy to forget about storm water management systems when it’s not raining, or when they’re working properly. The problem is that we don’t notice that there’s a problem until it’s too late – when the water is advancing on our homes and businesses, or filling up our basements.

July 28 2014 Catch Basin 1You need to take stock of your storm water management systems when it’s not raining. Edenflo specializes in pump truck services on the lower mainland, and can help you keep your storm drains and catch basins free of debris, and your drains flowing. We operate British Columbia’s premiere pump-truck service, with high-pressure water jets to dislodge clogs and vacuum pumping to take them (and whatever else) away for environmentally responsible disposal. We even have a special “lowboy” unit that fits into lower spaces, like underground parking garages.

Edenflo provides emergency response and preventive maintenance services to both residential and commercial customers. If you’ve got storm sewers or catch basins on your property call us and we’ll offer advice and service that will keep you out of trouble when the skies start falling.

For more information about the services offered by Edenflo, call us at 604-575-1414 or fill out our online request for service.

Catch Basins and When to Clean Them

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 oversaturation of critical drain fields and homes.

How often you clean your 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. You’ll find BC septic tank cleaning services also come with offers to clean catch basins. Companies such as Edenflo can provide both types of services.

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.

A 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 along with septic tank cleaning and maintenance.

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 most issues with catch basins.

How to Tell if Your-Catch Basin is Functioning Properly and a Recommended Cleaning Schedule

A catch-basin is one of those things that are easy to take for granted. Of course, as with so many things we take for granted, if a catch-basin stops working correctly, you could be in for a lot of trouble. Keep reading to find out more.

What is a Catch-Basin?
Also known as storm drains, catch-basins are located along roadways, and they siphon water into the storm drain system. These reservoirs also help to replenish the underground water supply.

It’s also important to understand what catch-basins aren’t. Catch-basins are not trash cans or garbage disposals for whatever finds their way into them. Given their importance to the water supply, we need to be very careful what we allow into catch-basins.

Signs of Trouble
In many ways, it’s hard to notice signs of trouble before it’s too late. After all, we only see part of the catch-basin on a regular basis, and it’s simply a street-level cover.
There are some telltale signs, however, that something is wrong with a catch-basin. The prevalence of strong, foul odours emanating from a catch-basin is often a sign that it needs to be cleaned. Given their utility, catch basins generally do not smell good, but if one is noticeable from a distance, this is most likely a sign that something is affecting its operation.

Tips and Tricks for Maintaining Your Catch-Basin
Plenty can be done to maintain catch-basins, as well. Most things are preventative measures, but they can have a huge impact. As I mentioned earlier, keep garbage and litter from going down the drain.

Many people don’t realize how easy it is, however, to accidentally send this kind of debris down there. Be careful not to clean up yard clippings, litter, or dirt from sidewalks with a hose, as the runoff almost always ends up in catch-basins. Simply by being mindful of what you’re doing with your own lawn and driveway, you can save your catch-basin a lot of problems.

Though they’re easy to miss, catch-basins play an unmistakably important role in how our modern society works. Contact Eden flo for all your Catch-basin cleaning and maintenance needs.

British Columbia Sump and Catch Basin Cleaning

Sump pumps need preventative maintenance to continue running smoothly and efficiently.  This machine assists the drainage system by removing liquids to help in preventing flooding and other high water issues.  When this system is not used often, you need to have maintenance done about every five years, but if you use it often or live in an area that is not good for this type of pump, such as somewhere with a lot of mud or sand, the maintenance should be done at least every year.

Why It Needs to Be Cleaned
The maintenance you have done on your sump pump and catch basin is to ensure that all gravel, dirt, and sand are properly and thoroughly cleaned out.  If you let these things build up they can end up in the sump pit and can break the pump or cause clogging.  It is important to have maintenance done so that clogs are not able to form and start causing problems.  When you have a clog there is a risk that the house will become completely flooded and the sump pump motor burned out.  In this type of scenario, you may not even be able to get to the pump and the problems will just continue to compound.

Getting the Sump Pump and Catch Basin Cleaning Done
It is important to choose a reputable company that will completely and efficiently remove sand and debris and the water from your culverts, sanitary and storm pump stations, sumps, and catch basins, according to EdenFlo.  When the work is done right you can rest assured that you should not experience issues like clogs so that your system will continue to work effectively and not cause you any problems or hassles.

Time for Spring Cleaning – Book your Catch Basin Cleaning

After any significant storm, it is always a good time for spring cleaning to ensure that the catch basin is free of debris and accumulated dirt. More than just a preventative measure, normal cleanings can ensure that the catch basin is flowing freely, and working properly.

A storm drain, or catch basin, in every neighborhood provides proper drainage of excess water that accumulates after a storm, or from melting snow. Many of the catch basins all across British Columbia experience high flooding throughout the year. It is imperative to remove debris and sediment that has built up and accumulated in the catch basins. Any debris that is left on the surface grates or catch basins will eventually decompose. The rotting solids will make their way into the waterways and can significantly reduce the levels of dissolved oxygen which would increase levels of bacteria in the water.

Remove Harmful Solids
Alternatively, by utilizing vacuum pumps and other devices, the equipment can loosen away all compacted material and remove the solids from the basin. In some areas, this spring cleaning process should be performed frequently as a way to eliminate any blocking of the system which could cause neighborhoods to flood.

Routine basin maintenance is essential because debris, sediment, leaves, trash, chemicals and other harmful pollutants can so easily enter the storm drains. By removing the debris quickly, the removal process can eliminate the potential of the harmful pollutants that could make their way into the beautiful streams, rivers and lakes of British Columbia.

Ideally, it is highly recommended to create and implement an effective catch basin maintenance schedule to ensure that storm water structures and catch basins are flowing freely. To maintain an effective sump capacity, it is recommended that the basin be cleaned before they are half-full or when quickly filling up with dirt, leaves and other debris after the winter months. This can significantly reduce higher pollutant loads and harmful discharges to the area surface waters.