Industrial Vacuum Truck Services

Industrial Vacuum Truck Services

Are you looking for a good and reliable industrial vacuum truck service provider for the collection and disposal of waste? There are a few things you should know before approaching industrial vacuum truck companies for a quote. Having at least a basic knowledge of these machines and how they work will be helpful in finding the right service provider to suit the needs of your company.


What exactly is a vacuum truck?

A vacuum truck is a truck that has a tank and a pneumatic pump. Pneumatic means operated by gas or air under high pressure. The pump is designed to suck liquid and semi-liquid waste materials from an underground tank or any other location into the tank. The material is then transported to a treatment or disposal site, which is usually a sewage treatment plant. Vacuum trucks are used to collect and transport septage (fecal sludge), sewage sludge, industrial liquids, and slurries from livestock facilities with pens. Vacuum trucks that are used to clean out sewers of sand are equipped with a high-pressure pump.

Vacuum trucks for industrial services are generally larger and equipped with a bigger tank and a more powerful pump to remove all the different types of industrial waste, including nonhazardous solid waste.


How does a vacuum truck work?

As mentioned earlier, a vacuum truck has a tank and a pneumatic pump. The pump, which can be either a sliding-vane type or a liquid-ring type, works by creating negative air pressure. The pump is mounted in one of two ways: either on the truck with its motor supplying electrical power to the vacuum drive or on the trailer with the vacuum drive powered by an independent motor.

The first option is generally used because it is less complicated. It also has the advantage of having the pump closer to the location of the waste, which provides a greater degree of freedom to the truck operator. It also makes it possible to use both the negative pressure suction side and the position pressure suction side to suck sludge from a long distance or to lift it higher.

Suction hoses range from 2 to 4 inches in diameter, with 3 inches being the norm. The length depends on the pressure and lift but is it usually not possible to extend it beyond 164 feet. A limitation of suction pumps is they can only lift a liquid by using atmospheric pressure. For this reason, the maximum theoretical lift for water is 33.9 feet. However, the viscosity of sludge and slurry makes it possible to lift it higher by mixing air into it.

At the treatment or disposal site, the tank is generally emptied using gravity, which means tilting it. To speed up the process, the tank can be pressured up. The discharge time depends on the size of the outlet valve, which is typically 4 to 6 inches in diameter, the thickness of the sludge, and the amount of garbage in the sludge. But, it typically takes 15 minutes for a tanker of 8 to 9 cubic meters.


What types of industrial waste do they remove?

Industrial vacuum trucks can be used in all kinds of industries for cleaning storage tanks and spills. Besides industrial sludge, they can be used to remove cement, mud, spills, and brine water from production tanks. In the petroleum industry, they are used at drilling sites to remove drilling mud and drilling cuttings.

The waste removal services provided by vacuum truck companies can include sludge removal, sand and gravel removal, sewer cleaning, grease trap cleaning, clarifier and sump cleaning, drilling mud removal, aboveground and underground storage tank cleaning, and wastewater treatment digester cleaning.


When getting a quote from vacuum truck waste disposal service providers, it is important to know the types of waste they handle, the capacity of their trucks and whether they have the latest equipment.


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