Pump Truck Service and Catch Basin Cleaning

Great service comes from having the right tools to get the job done … our pump truck has been custom designed, built, and outfitted to take care of the tough challenges.

  • With air-ride suspension lowering the pump truck height to just 76″, we can access underground parkades to pump out catch basins and clean blocked drains.
  • Our 300 gallon on-board fresh water tank is ready for hydro flushing anywhere.
  • The 3000 psi, 20 gpm hydro-jetter gets through the toughest blockages of tree roots, grease, and debris.

Call Nikls One Call today for catch basin cleaning, hydro-jetting to remove tough blockages in building mainline drains, flooded parking lots, parkade horizontal drain cleaning, and high rise kitchen & washroom stack cleaning.

Annual Catch Basin Cleaning

Catch basin cleaning is a critical part of regular property maintenance.

Catch basins hold all the debris that is washed down by rain water and snow melt, keeping your drain lines free of debris. Over time, the debris builds up and needs to be pumped out and taken away for disposal before it accumulates to the point where it blocks the drain.

It is generally recommended to pump out your catch basins annually. If you have circumstances where your property gets an excessive amount of leaves, silt, or debris from ongoing construction, service can also be increased to clean the catch basins more often.

Most properties conduct catch basin cleaning in the fall time. This timing ensures your drain system is operating at peak performance to handle the rainy season, winter snow, and spring melt.

Drainage Main Line Hydro Flushing

If the drain lines become blocked, they can cause parking lot flooding and will need to be hydro-flushed to clear away the debris inside the line.

In addition to catch basins, commercial and residential strata properties may also have trough drains and sump pump pits that also need to be cleaned.

Trough drains are shallow, and usually at the bottom of a ramp, so they can accumulate debris that’s washed down more quickly than catch basins. Sump pump basins are also more vulnerable than regular catch basins as an excess of silt and debris can damage pumps or otherwise disable them.

Flooded Parking Lot Emergency Service

Parking lot flooding can occur for different reasons. Sometimes, flash flooding during heavy rain downpours will overwhelm drainage systems. Sometimes waiting for the rain to stop or slow down, then monitoring the flood area will tell you if your drainage system is blocked or just slower than the source of water during a heavy downpour.

There are a number of actions we can take to alleviate these problems:

  • Block off the flooded areas to make safe until the problem can be resolved
  • Pump out the flooded areas
  • Hydro-jet to remove blockages
  • Repair broken drainage lines
  • Service sump pumps
  • Evaluate your drainage system and make recommendations

Parkade Horizontal Drain Line Flushing

Horizontal drain cleaning is typically done for single story or low-rise (2 to 3 story) commercial or residential buildings, especially when they have an underground parkade. This is especially important for commercial properties that have an abundance of restaurants or food service businesses.

Over time (5 to 10 years) grease will buildup inside the horizontal drain lines running under the building, or that hang from the ceiling inside an underground parking garage. This can lead to constant and difficult to remove blockages. And snaking the line will only temporarily push a hole through the grease – it needs to be hydro-jetted out.

We install clean-out accesses to any lines that do not have clean-outs installed. We then use our pump truck to hydro-jet and vacuum each line at the same time. This allows us to thoroughly clean your drain lines and completely remove the grease and debris.

Kitchen and Bathroom Stack Cleaning

Our system for cleaning multi-level building drains ensures:

  • Minimal disruption to owners & tenants by mostly only requiring access to common areas and a few isolated parking stalls in underground garages.
  • Preventing the risk of flooding.
  • The most thorough and long-lasting cleaning of drains possible that returns drain systems to their as-new condition verified by drain camera.

The most common causes of blocked drain stacks are grease, hair, and sticky foods such as rice. All of these waste materials stick to the walls of drain piping, building up over time and eventually blocking the drain.

Conventional drain cleaning utilizing top-down augering can not remove these blockages effectively. This method only pushes a hole through the center of the blockage without removing the waste built up along the drain pipe walls.

To clean building stacks effectively …

  1. We first conduct a site survey to identify all your vertical stacks, the areas we require access to, and to put together a specific plan for your building.
  2. A fish tape with a locating beacon is inserted into the top of the drain stack and sent to the bottom of the stack in the underground parkade where it’s position will be determined by the locator.
  3. We open the lower portion of the stack and connect our pump truck and hydro-flusher to it with a Y fitting. This ensures the waste is completely removed and not sent further into your drain system where it can cause blockages further down the line.
  4. Our hydro flusher with a drain cleaning head is attached to the fish tape and slowly pulled back up the drain stack. Technicians communicate during the operation with two-way radios. This controlled pressure flushing thoroughly removes all waste from the drain pipe walls which gets vacuumed into our pump truck. Working from the bottom up ensures we do not create blockages that can cause flooding. This hydroflushing technique completely cleans drain piping to it’s original as-new condition.
  5. The process is repeated for each vertical stack in your building and each horizontal branch that leads to a main drain. The result is a long lasting cleaning of your drain pipes with minimal disruption to owners & tenants.