Lift Station Cleaning and Repair
Lift Stations Require Regular Maintenance
Lift stations are a necessary part of modern municipal sewer systems. Pumping raw sewage from a lower elevation from a higher one so it can continue along the sewers, these stations need one thing above all else: regular maintenance! After all, more than almost anything else in the modern world, no city or town wants to deal with a day—or even an hour—of sewer problems.
And lift stations are more prone to needing maintenance than other parts of the system. It’s not that the station breaks down; although more complex than most parts of a sewage system, this complexity mostly amounts to a screen to remove coarse materials, pumps to move the wastewater to the intended high point, control and alarm systems, and an odor control and ventilation system. These need to be checked, but they tend to stay working for the long term.
The maintenance a lift station needs, beyond equipment checks, is cleaning! Regular, monthly cleaning. In fact, most cities and counties require monthly maintenance contracts specifically to avoid any sort of buildup problems. There are plenty of materials, like oil and grease, which can get through any screen or filter but are too viscous to be moved uphill via the pump. When these accumulate, they can clog and slow the functioning of the lift station; if not properly maintained, the pump can break, and then you have a serious problem.
Lift Station Cleaning and Wind River Environmental
Wind River’s Vactor trucks are specifically designed for lift station cleaning. These combination trucks have every tool necessary to clean the junk out of the bottom of your lift station: a Vactor-brand water pump capable of 3,000 psi of pressure and a flow of eighty gallons per minute for jetter cleaning, a high-powered Roots Systems blower, a fifteen-foot boom with 180 degrees of rotation to cover every corner, and a six-hundred-foot hose. Add in the 1,500-gallon water tank and 3,000-gallon debris tank, and you can be assured that when Wind River cleans a lift station, none of the oily, greasy garbage that filtered to the bottom will be left when we’re done.
Hy Vac Commercial Services – Liquid Waste Removal
Got sludge? Getting rid of liquid and semi-liquid debris can be a messy maneuver. Luckily for you, you can put away your high-waders and rubber gloves – Wind River Environmental has an entire fleet of Hy Vac vehicles to pump you out so you can get on with what you do best.
What can Hy Vac be Used For?
Hy Vac (High Vacuum) services are used by commercial businesses to remove liquid and semi-solid wastes. These types of wastes may be difficult to remove or may be hazardous to handle – making Hy Vac services a high-demand part of our business. Hy Vac services include:
- Stormwater removal
- Leachate removal
- Liquid sludge removal
- Cake sludge removal
- Alum sludge removal
- Pumping digesters and lagoons
- Large or small catch basin vacuuming
- Lift station and main vacuuming
- Exterior grease trap vactoring
Wind River and Hy Vac
We use vacuum assisted suction to drain liquid wastes and solid debris from pooling areas. Depending on the work being done, we can have you pumped out in as little as 15 minutes. Not only is using Hy Vac services fast, it is also clean. Because the pumping and storage are handled by the same system, exposure to smelly waste is minimal. We won’t linger and neither will the smell.
Our technicians have been trained in the removal and disposal of a variety of liquid waste products. Not only can they get it done quickly, but by having Wind River handle it for you, you know that your waste products are being handled and disposed of as required by law.
We have pump trucks designed for all shapes and sizes of liquid waste removal. Whether you are looking to have your catch basin cleaned or a septic system emptied, Wind River Environmental has got you covered.
Baltimore Beware: FOG and Wipes Cause Major Overflow into Stream
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are not to be taken lightly. You may think that a little grease here or a wet wipe there won’t hurt your drains, right? Recently in Baltimore, Maryland what has been referred to as a “fatberg” caused 1 million gallons of sewerage to leak into Jones Falls at the end of September. While investigating the leak, Baltimore authorities noted that about 85% of the pipe is blocked.
The overflows have since been redirected to storm drains, but this could have been prevented. Home owners and business owners a like should be wary of not disposing of FOGs down their drains and even though some of those wet wipes boast “flushable” they should still be disposed of in the trash. By following best practices such as installing a strainer on drains and sinks and disposing of grease properly this could have been an avoidable mess.
Utilizing GEO Tubes to Clean Digesters
A digester is a large tank or vessel that is used to process large amounts of biosolids during the treatment of wastewater. Through the process of anaerobic digestion, a significant portion of the sludge collected in the digester can be converted into carbon dioxide and methane gases. This reduces the volume of sludge that needs to be disposed of and makes it safer for the environment.
Digesters are an essential part of wastewater treatment, minimizing the environmental impact of the biosolids filtered from treated water. But sometimes these giant tanks themselves need to be cleaned in order to remove sludge build-up. Fortunately, Wind River Environmental has the know-how and the technology to clean digesters and help keep the waste water treatment process running smoothly.
GEO Tubes Clean Digesters Quickly and Cost Efficiently
Our high-capacity hydraulic pump systems, combined with the cutting-edge technology of GEO tubes, can remove and filter millions of gallons of water during large-scale projects. GEO tubes are made of a specially engineered textile that is designed to maximize water flow while filtering out 99% of biosolids. This technology also enables the tubes to hold up to the enormous pressure produced by the pumps without bursting.
The solids collected during the process remain in the GEO tube, while the water flows through the unique textile material. When the job is done, the entire tube unit can be disposed of in a landfill, or the sludge can be removed. If removed, the treated sludge can be further processed and repurposed into a Class-B biosolid that works well as a fertilizer.
GEO tubes make the process of cleaning a digester simpler, less costly, and more efficient. By combining the latest technology with the expertise of our skilled technicians, Wind River Environmental can handle the toughest digester cleaning jobs. To schedule a digester cleaning service, a maintenance visit, or to learn more about our municipal services, contact us today!
It’s Hurricane Season: Learn About Our Storm Water Removal Services
As we approach hurricane season, it makes sense to get educated on services related to weather damage. After heavy storms, it’s not unusual for wastewater facilities to suffer from flooding and structural damage. Leach fields can lose their ability to absorb moisture due to all the excess water, and septic tanks can overflow. Storm waters also have a bad habit of carrying all kinds of trash and debris into catch basins, worsening a flood situation.
Wind River to the Rescue!
Thanks to our state-of-the-art fleet, we can easily handle the mayhem left from destructive weather. Hy Vac trucks, pump trailers and support equipment combined with a team of quick and experienced professionals are the ultimate solutions for cleaning up after large weather events. By adding attachments to our vactor trucks, EarthCare technicians can quickly remove leaves and garbage from deep within catch basins. Our vehicles have even been used to assist with catastrophes such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012, where hy vac trucks were instrumental in cleaning up flood waters and removing debris from dangerous areas.
After the Storm
Vactoring will get a big job done quickly and efficiently while reducing overall labor costs. Let us help you get your home, business, or community back to normal after bad weather hits. We don’t just handle storm recovery, of course. We’re a reliable service provider for all your wastewater needs. Sanitary sewage and septic facilities support a healthy environment and even help to decontaminate the air you breathe. So Contact Wind River, your one-stop shop for waste maintenance.
What’s An Aerobic Sequence Batch Reactor?
An aerobic sequencing batch reactor, or SBR for short, treats wastewater so that it can be reused. Generally, SBR’s are used as part of a treatment plant’s system with multiple reactors working on batches of wastewater from general sewage or large facilities. These reactors break down organic waste using an activated sludge process. Unlike a septic system that relies on water flow and movement to filter effluent, SBRs contain it in immobile tanks.
How Does It Work?
The “aerobic” component refers to the use of oxygen. Air is bubbled through the wastewater to activate the bacteria that breaks down organic material. After this sludge is reduced to harmless compost, it sinks to the bottom of the tank as a Class B biosolid. This is collected later and can be reused for things like chemical fertilizer for agricultural purposes. The treated water is now safe enough to be used for things like irrigation, or it’s sent to local wastewater plants for further purification.
As an added advantage, aerobic SBRs are environmentally safe and can process waste without using harsh chemicals. SBRs can also be designed to handle different volumes of waste over different amounts of time, helping the plant operate more efficiently.
Doing Our Part
If you’ve ever wondered what happens to all that sludge and sewage we collect after servicing your septic tanks and grease traps, this is your answer. In our plight to help the environment, we are doing our part to take advantage of SBR technology. We do everything possible to protect the environment and avoid allowing waste to go to waste. To learn more about aerobic sequencing batch reactors or other ways to safely reuse waste, Contact Us.
How Does Wind River Service Digesters?
Your community may be relying on the services of a digester. Due to their substantial size, digesters are a significant responsibility for the company in charge of maintaining them. There are safety measures to consider, and it’s obviously a messy job. You can’t trust just anyone with such an undertaking when so many rely on the productive output of these waste receptacles. Here are some things you should know about Wind River’s ability to handle digester projects.
We’re Equipped for Big Jobs
Wind River’s Hy Vac and hauling services are the perfect solution for digester cleaning. During the process, high concentrations of bio-solids and other junk are removed using our high-capacity pump systems. These pumps can handle vessels as large as 20,000-500,000 gallons. We also use GEO tubes and own our own cable dredge which is proficient with multi-million-gallon projects. Customers can be confident in our promise to remove the highest percentage of solid waste using our advanced equipment and the expert techniques of our technicians.
Regular maintenance is also important, and our guys can set you up with the ideal cleaning schedule to keep everything performing efficiently. Additionally, our team offers reliable emergency service for those occasions when unexpected trouble arrives. You can count on us 24/7 every single day of the year. This combination of tools, expertise and customer service guarantees success! To learn more or to schedule digester cleaning services, Contact Us.
Can Excessive Trash and Debris Be Removed from Your Catch Basin?
We’re into that season of April showers which means rainwater will be washing all kinds of stuff into those catch basins. Leaves, sticks, gravel and whatever else is on the streets can build up preventing water flow to the sewer system, causing backups on the street. As a result, flood waters end up overtaking roads and flowing into people’s yards and businesses.
Fortunately, the experienced team at Wind River can remove trash and debris from catch basins with ease. By adding attachments to our vactor trucks, the guys can quickly remove all that garbage from deep within a catch basin. Our vehicles have even been used to assist with catastrophes such as Hurricane Sandy, where they were instrumental in cleaning up flood waters and removing debris from dangerous areas. Don’t let April Showers bog down your catch basins. Contact Us for catch basin maintenance and all your other wastewater needs.
What’s the Big Deal About Sludge?
If you could see inside your septic tank, there would essentially be 3 layers of sewage. The top layer would be scum, the middle would be effluent, and the heavy stuff at the bottom would be sludge. Anything denser than effluent (waste, toilet paper, skin cells, etc) makes up the sludge layer. Eventually, this sludge builds up and must be removed using hy vac trucks.
However, this is not the only type of sludge. You’ve also got alum sludge which is a waste product produced at water treatment plants due to the use of aluminum sulfate. It’s usually kept in large alum lagoons or is spread on drying beds. To remove alum sludge, we use high-tech lagoon pumps that can handle up to 500,000 gallons. We also have a cable dredge capable of handling million-gallon projects. Then there’s the not so appetizing dry cake sludge which is basically waste from sewer plants that has had all the water and fluid extracted from it. Because of its tendency to be hard and sticky, it’s pretty difficult to remove.
We’re Haul You Need
No matter what type of sludge you are dealing with, Wind River has the equipment and skills needed to get the job done. Our sludge hauling services comply and exceed all disposal regulatory guidelines, so every job is done right! Additionally, we have plenty of disposal options thanks to our relationships with landfills and beneficial reuse facilities. To learn more or to schedule any of our sludge hauling services, Contact Us!
Find Out How Large Weather Events are Handled
Municipalities rely on our services when disasters strike, and this includes those brought on by weather. After heavy storms and flooding, it’s not unusual for wastewater facilities to take a beating. Leach fields can lose their ability to absorb moisture due to all the excess water, and septic tanks can overflow. Flood waters also have a bad habit of carrying all kinds of trash and debris into catch basins, causing clogs that are quite counterproductive in a flood situation.
How Can We Help?
Thanks to our state-of-the-art fleet, we can easily handle the mayhem left from destructive weather. Hy Vac trucks, pump trailers and support equipment combined with a team of quick and experienced professionals are the ultimate solutions for cleaning up after large weather events. By adding attachments to our vactor trucks, Wind River technicians can quickly remove leaves and garbage from deep within catch basins. Our vactor trucks have even been used to assist with catastrophes such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012, where hy vac trucks were instrumental in cleaning up flood waters and removing debris from dangerous areas.
Vactoring will get a big job done quickly and efficiently while reducing overall labor costs. Let us help you get your community back to normal after weather damages hit. We don’t just handle storm recovery, of course. We act as a reliable sole service provider for all your wastewater needs. Sanitary community sewage and septic facilities support a healthy environment and even help to decontaminate the air you breathe. Contact the experts at Wind River and allow us to keep your town clean and protect its well-being.