Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Importance of Proper Trash Disposal

In developing countries, where trash collection is still handled manually, there have been several news stories done of people who actually live in landfills so that they can collect salvage material that they can sell to junk shops. However, a lot of what people throw away can be very toxic and unsafe for direct human handling, and in some cases, they can cause diseases if not properly handled, especially if they come from industrial sources. Although recycling can help reduce our garbage problem, it should not come at the cost of human lives. 

Keeping cities and towns free of garbage is extremely important not just for the obvious purpose of sanitation, but also because waste left on the streets might end up clogging drainage systems that would eventually cause flooding. Today, heavy-duty street sweeping vehicles and other types of cleaning equipment are used to hasten jobs that people traditionally had to do with brooms and hoses, making the job easier and more structured than before. 

However, as cities expand and the population grows, the volume of garbage produced every day also increases. Fortunately, technology is constantly working on solutions for quicker methods of collection and disposal, and if developing countries can secure the funding necessary for these machines, perhaps they can improve their city cleanliness enough such that no more children have to develop diseases such as malaria or tubercolosis.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pump Dump: Utilizing Vactor Trucks for Floodwater

Heavy floods are devastating calamities and they can cause so much damage to entire communities. Water damage can ruin furniture and appliances, and electronics will surely break upon exposure to the liquid. To make matters worse, floodwater usually isn't just composed entirely of water; all sorts of debris, such as mud, sludge, and garbage are normally taken along, and having your skin exposed to that can be a health hazard on its own.

Waiting for floodwater to dry out can take too long and can aggravate the damage in a house. By the time it recedes, it may be too late for homeowners to salvage anything useful. It only takes several days for moisture from dirty water to encourage mold growth on the walls.

This is why communities should have a vactor truck handy to relieve residences in case of such occurrences. These vehicles have massive vacuum machines strapped in them, which can be used to suck out the sludge brought about by floods. After absorbing the liquid, the trucks can then be driven off to another location where the waste can be disposed of. Vactor trucks are built to be tough, and can handle even small solid debris. Users, however, should still be careful about operating one despite its durability.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Providing Solutions for Sewage Cleaning Problems

One of the most stressful problems for anyone is the issue of proper sewage disposal. It is a huge clean-up project that involves a host of health concerns that can affect the whole community. This problem can also be expensive to address because it requires a trained workforce and heavy equipment, and this cost is only getting higher as fuel and other material costs are on the rise.

If your budget isn't prepared for such emergencies, you'll be facing a huge problem that can affect your entire community. Fortunately, vactor trucks that can be rented can handle the work easily for a reasonable price, whether you're just an individual homeowner or a large industrial factory.

Of course, not every company that provides this kind of service has a proven track record for service and efficiency. Not all sewage cleaners can handle the biggest jobs because some of them may not have equipment that is heavy enough or their crew isn't trained for such things. Thus, for you to get the best possible deal that is right for your needs, you have to do your research about the many sewage cleaning services and see which one of them comes out on top.

Friday, September 13, 2013

What To Know When You Rent Vactors

Vactor trucks are a great way to get all the gunk out of tight places like sewer pipes. Their industrial-class construction and immense suction power will always be effective when you need them. However, since acquiring one can practically cost an arm and a leg, certain vactor providers allow leasing their vehicles to interested operators. There are some hurdles to jump when doing so.

First, take note of the provider's daily or hourly rental rates, which covers expenses such as fuel, piping, elbows, and hoses. The client operator should also have a Class-B driver's license with approval for Tank and Air Brakes, along with a customer credit line that will be taken into account when the rental will be made on credit.

The Vactor rental provider also plans insurance for their vehicles. In this respect, you'll have to provide a certificate of insurance stating that the vehicle will be insured for liability and damage coverage worth $1 million and comprehensives of up to $1,000. At the same time, the provider should be marked as the recipient of any loss payments, with the unit's engine number and VIN being noted, as well.

Renting a Vactor truck is essential when you only want one for a short-term cleaning job. It also helps your employees gain experience in handling them. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Street Sweepers: Efficient Cleaning Systems

Keeping the city or town streets clean is everyone's responsibility, not just the municipal authorities'. Every home has a piece of road to keep clean, and it's the homeowner's responsibility to prevent the mess from clogging the waterways at a desperate hour. For a more thorough cleaning job, however, the municipal authorities deploy street sweepers to collect even the tiniest debris and stop them from tainting the water the city or town uses. Street sweepers may be slow and a bit noisy, but they get the job done.

Street sweepers are bristling with brushes underneath them, which are designed to collect particles a normal broom may not be able to collect. Spinning brushes collect more dirt and particles, as the vehicle slowly moves along the road. A pair of sweepers narrow down the line of dirt and dust, while a third sweeper at the back collects and disposes of the dirt and dust on an internal conveyer belt. The heavy scrubbing action ensures that cleaning is thorough.

Mechanical brush sweepers are just one of several kinds of street sweepers in use today. Technology gives the street sweeper other variants designed for cleaning even tougher messes such as oil leaks and other viscous substances. Not only are these street sweepers used on miles of roads, they are also used in parking lots and the tarmac of airports. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

How to Prolong a Street Sweeper Broom's Life

The brooms are the most essential parts of any vacuum truck. These make contact with the surfaces that require cleaning but don't quite get much credit in a sense despite being on the case every day the sweepers are out on the streets. With the wear and tear that goes with everyday use, here are some tips on how to make them last.

The first and most important pointer is to equip your Vactor truck with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. These may cost you a tidy sum, but they're made to last. Check if all broom linkages are in working order, as they reduce the wear and tear on the brushes.

Downward force of a vehicle allows it to stay on the ground but at greater strain on the tires; the same principle applies to the brushes. Some experts recommend adjusting the brushes to a downward tilt of five degrees and an outward tilt of five degrees to provide optimum surface contact without subjecting them to excessive stress.

The brushes are a Vactor truck's bread and butter. Taking care of them, among other parts, will enhance the vehicle's efficiency and keep the city streets as clean as it can.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

How Powerful are Sewer Cleaners?

Sewer cleaners suck, literally. They take the stickiest and most hard-to-dislodge grime and debris from sewers using raw suction power from its powerful engines. They help keep the sewers of cities and towns clean, and prevent flooding that could've resulted from the things that get stuck inside sewers. On the other hand, how well can these sewer cleaners do their job?

It depends on the type of motor the truck runs on: positive displacement (PD) or fan. They both can draw a lot of water and sludge per minute, although the PD model runs far better than the fan. Many PD-type sewer cleaners can move 5,000 cubic feet of water per minute (cfm), with the smaller PD-type units rated at around 2,000. There's no specific figure for fans, but suction power can be estimated by the horsepower, in which the PD has the upper hand.

To put it into perspective, imagine you have a pool 30 feet wide and 60 feet long, with depths between 3 and 10 feet. Doing the math, the pool can hold up to 11,700 cubic feet of water. Now, if you have a PD-type sewer cleaner move all that water out of the pool, it will only take the cleaner roughly two and a half minutes. That's how powerful these cleaners are.