“On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me,
five blogs in one,
four broken pipes,
three Septic Tanks,
two feet of tree roots,
and Hydro Cleansing’s Mega-Heat…”
Seeing as we didn’t post any blogs for you on the weekend, we are delivering a crate load of case studies to catch up! Not one case study, not two case studies, but FOUR CASE STUDIES! So sit back, relax, and read on!
The description of the job was pretty mundane. Can you send along a combination unit to empty out some drains which would in turn allow the contractor to handover their works to their client; a local hospital. Straight forward enough you would say. Anyway, circumstances conspired to result in Megatron attending the job, and as it turned out, that was definitely a good thing…
Megatron instantly began to recover vast amounts of rubble and other unknown items from depths of over 50m. The rattle of debris shooting up the suction boom and into the main hold continued, with Megatron pumping back/recycling waste water.
Stopping temporarily we identified what was still lying in the sewer, examined the filters in Megatron and carried out an inspection to make sure the sheer volume of coarse material hadn’t taken a toll on Megatron.
Megatron continued to show its capabilities and finished the job with no issues or problems whatsoever. Site management were horrified identifying the extent of the material found, which was there before they had started work.
Our client had to carry out some repairs to a waste pipe which was serving a local school. The client knew where the repair had to be completed and was also aware that there were a number of other services running within the immediate area but had no specific plans or guidance on location. Using traditional technology would have meant that the work could not be undertaken until the school was closed for at least two weeks, as the services feeding the school would have been destroyed doing the excavation.
Megatron was deployed. Using our on board ultra-high pressure water jetting, combined with Megatron’s powerful vacuum system, a trench measuring 80 metres in length, by two metres in width and two metres in depth was cut and vacuum excavated from site. The job took a total of three working days and the services remained intact leaving the school operational throughout.
Quick & Dirty
Our client has a large culvert within their manufacturing site fed by a series of drains spanning the entire thirty acre estate. The culvert had become heavily silted up with an environment agency requirement for a complete empty and clean due to the potential presence of hydro-carbons in the system. The previous contractor had used a system of excavators, scaffolding and bulk carriers completing the work in around five weeks.
Megatron attended site with two supporting bulk tankers and a range of peripheral equipment to support the various stages of remediation. Using the vacuum pump on Megatron, we extracted the contents of the culvert and directly transferred them from Megatron into supporting bulk tankers which then took the waste off site for treatment and disposal. Having exposed the layer of silt which extended to a depth of over a metre, We then used the waste water recovered from the culvert to power Megatron’s bulk jetting system which both broke down the silt and converted it into a slurry for extraction and disposal. These operations were performed simultaneously. This process was completed, the feeding drains jetted and cleaned (including the removal of concrete waste) and the site returned to our client within seven working days.
Business Continuity @ Canary Wharf
The call came at lunchtime one Friday. Our client had a blockage in their drainage system which could not be specifically traced but was creating a need for toilet blocks to be closed within their twelve storey building and people to be redeployed to other adjacent locations. Their system was perceived to be generating a build up in pressure, and as it was routed via various critical facilities including the plant room housing the uninterrupted power supply, a solution was sought urgently to prevent closure of the building a series of consequential financial impacts to the business.
By 19.00 hrs that evening a team was deployed with a range of equipment including Megatron as the centre piece. The team worked their way through the network of drains including the vast stack pipe supporting the whole side of this building which had a history of these issues dating back several years. Accessing the network at various points and applying a combination of Megatron’s vacuum pump and high pressure jetting operating at distances of over 300 metres, the building was eventually cleared by 02.00 hrs in the morning. We were able to demonstrate this by applying Megatron’s vacuum pump to the base of the stack pipe and systematically emptying toilets via suction from ten floors above. The building has had no further problems.
Clearly Megatron is a step outside the normal expectations of the market, but so are the results of the work undertaken. We certainly recognise that Megatron is not designed to compete financially with companies focused upon the rate per day as obviously the cheaper and less specified vehicle will always win. But for those clients out there, that recognise the full financial consequence of lost productivity, and the opportunity to reduce maintenance spend by achieving new levels of cleanliness, there is no match to Megatron.
Over the past few weeks you can’t have escaped the press coverage that has surrounded the now infamous fatberg lurking under Kingston, southwest London. If you have then you’ve most probably been hiding down a sewer yourself! The supposed ‘bus sized’ fatberg could have potentially pushed raw sewage up into homes and onto the streets of Kingston but how has this been allowed to happen?
Weighing in at a reported 15 tonnes this mount of congealed fat, oil and grease mixed with other revolting waste products was brought to the attention of local water authorities after local residents complained about having difficulty flushing their toilets. But how can its weight have been calculated when it hadn’t even been removed. Surely the actual weight of a fatberg cannot be decided properly until the job is complete?
Subject to contrary belief we believe the fatberg is yet to be fully removed and in fact weighs a lot less than 15 tonne. Without the necessary equipment and technical know-how the removal of this particular fatberg will take a lot longer than expected, all the while still causing problems for local residents. Time and investment are an essential requirement when it comes to preparing yourself to undertake such specialist works. Megatron is a textbook example of this.
Megatron was commissioned back in 2008 when Hydro Cleansing invested over half a million pounds engineering this wastewater monster to our own personal spec. From our perspective we had three main objectives we wanted to achieve:
- Increase the capability of a single onsite vehicle, which also reduces our environmental impact and carbon footprint
- Cope with the inevitable migration from planned to reactive works
- Time efficiency, reducing job turnaround times
With Megatron now undertaking works that were previously relinquished, and with more units in the pipeline, Hydro Cleansing are more than capable of embarking on any major works or specialist projects all the while alleviating any concerns that the job is to big or can’t be done at all.
Here we bring you a collection of classic plumbing fails from around the world…