Parking Ramp Drain Cleaning Drain Cleaning For Your Ramp

Parking Ramp Drain Cleaning Drain Cleaning For Your Ramp

Parking Ramp Drain Cleaning

Winters in Minnesota can be downright brutal. Cold temps and heavy snowfall lead to slippery roads and treacherous driving conditions. To combat these conditions the Department of Transportation and other municipalities spread large amounts of salt and sand on Minnesota roadways. When driving in such conditions, vehicles accumulate large amounts of wet snow around wheel wells and tire rims. the snow contains large amounts of sand and salt.  Where does all this sand and salt end up? In your parking lot drains and sand traps.


Parking ramp drain cleaning on annual basis, is crucial to the life of your parking lot drains and sand traps. If neglected, the salt can break down cast iron pipes causing the pipe to rot from within. Rotten pipes can lead to costly floods or repairs to vehicles within the ramp. The Sand trap can also deteriorate from salt deposits. Sand traps will start leaking if not pumped frequently enough. Not only will you need to replace the tank, you will be stuck with expensive clean-up costs.  Pumping your sand trap at a minimum of once per year will prolong the life of the tank and prevent costly Hazmat clean ups.

high pressure water jetting


Drain King uses high pressure water jetting to remove sand and salt deposits from the parking ramp drains. All left over waste is pushed from the top of the ramp to the bottom. after jetting, all waste is pumped out of the tank. All liquid waste is disposed of at Met Council. The sand is disposed of at a local landfill. Low clearance ramps are no problem for Drain King Inc. Vac trailer. This trailer can access sand traps in almost every “low clearance ramp”. Parking Ramp Drain Cleaning keeps your pipes healthy for the long term.

Water jet roots from your Main Drain?

Water jet roots from your Main Drain?

water-jet-truckNo; is the answer for the vast majority of home owners.  There are several reasons not to water jet, but first I’d like to warn you about a trend in Drain Cleaning of Main Drains that is happening in the Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as surrounding communities like Fridley, Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Anoka, Mounds View, Shoreview, Little Canada, Roseville, Robinsdale, Crystal, New Hope, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Inver Grove Heights, South Saint Paul, West St. Paul, North St. Paul, Woodbury, etc.

There are currently several Drain Cleaning Companies preying on unsuspecting homeowners.  They sell water jetting as a means to make all your plumbing work better and make all your drains drain faster.  Statements like this simply are not true.  While a main drain line cleaned at the normal cost of approximately $300, the drain cleaning companies selling water jetting will charge more than $1,200, one thousand two hundred dollars for the service.  The vast majority of home owners do not need this service.  The cheaper service is just as good.  Root regrown will occur at the same rate with mechanical snake cleaning as with water jetting.  There is no difference.

What is Water jet used for?  A water jet uses high pressure water (4,000psi) at a flow rate of around 18 gallons per minute.  The Water jet impact of the water is actually what cuts the roots.  The problem is that Water jets are designed to operate upstream.  In nearly all residential plumbing water jet is a down stream proposition.  Minneapolis plumbing around the turn of the century allowed for the installation of 6 six inch clay pipe running almost to the foundation of the house.  A 6 inch pipe will hold many times more volume of roots compared to a 4 inch pipe.  This means it will often take longer for roots to cause a backup.

What is a Lift Station and How Does it Work?

What is a Lift Station and How Does it Work?

Toilet Connected to Septic TankLift stations are not something a homeowner or business owner thinks about until something goes wrong. A lift station is used to pump wastewater or sewage from a low level to a higher level when the gradient of the area does not allow for a natural flow.

There are two main elements to a lift station: the wet well and the controls. The wet well is a basin into which the inflow is discharged and where the pumps sit. The control panel is the brain of the lift station.

So, how do lift stations work? Sewage is stored and fed into a pit. Once this sewage reaches a certain level, electrical instruments recognize the pit is full and activate the pump, which will then pump the sewage out to its next destination. Most lift stations are housed underground to prevent health risks in a confined area, since the sewage can release poisonous gases like methane and hydrogen sulfide. Therefore, it is essential that owners of existing lift stations consult a professional like Drain King to ensure the pump is still working sufficiently.

A professional can also ensure proper maintenance of your lift station. The pumps, electronic controls, and electrical system are all in a constant corrosive environment, so lift stations require maintenance to head off the need for costly repairs.

Proper maintenance includes wet wells being pumped out and cleaned to prevent solids and grease buildup, inspection of the pumps, greasing of the check valves, and inspections and cleaning of the floats to assure proper performance. Also included is an inspection of all electrical motor-control equipment and of the basin, clean-outs, and covers to prevent buildup.