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Storm drain cleaning (by elliot [RI]) Jun 24, 2019 7:12 AM
       Storm drain cleaning (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Jun 24, 2019 7:24 AM
       Storm drain cleaning (by Steve [MA]) Jun 24, 2019 7:28 AM
       Storm drain cleaning (by RB [MI]) Jun 24, 2019 7:30 AM
       Storm drain cleaning (by allyM [NJ]) Jun 24, 2019 8:54 AM
       Storm drain cleaning (by MikeA [TX]) Jun 24, 2019 9:53 AM
       Storm drain cleaning (by gevans [SC]) Jun 24, 2019 10:09 AM
       Storm drain cleaning (by Lynn [MA]) Jun 24, 2019 10:14 AM
       Storm drain cleaning (by Vee [OH]) Jun 24, 2019 1:24 PM
       Storm drain cleaning (by small potatoes [NY]) Jun 24, 2019 4:02 PM
       Storm drain cleaning (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jun 29, 2019 12:55 PM

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Storm drain cleaning (by elliot [RI]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2019 7:12 AM

I have a parking lot storm drain that is locally contained. Recently gets completely clogged.. I rented a 2" pump and pumped out most stuff..

Its about 8 foot deep.. I had to improvise with a 3" PVC pipe to create a tool to loosen the solids.. The bottom of the pipe has couple inches black tar/oily stuff. It reminded me that the dumpster at the lot was used to dump roofing materials for couple times and the guy probably did to it.

The opening is about 2 feet in diameter.. I can't think of any tools that is 8-10 feet and allow me to dig out the top gravel layer.. Called around, nobody takes up the challenge to clean it yet. One idea I have is to weld a scooper ish fixture at the end of a 1" EMT pipe..

any ideas?

Storm drain cleaning (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2019 7:24 AM

Go down to your towns public works Dept and talk to the dude - he will have your answer

Storm drain cleaning (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2019 7:28 AM

There are companies that specializes in cleaning catch basins. However I don't think it would be cost effective for just one basin.

I have an old shovel with an offset blade & a 10' handle that was made just for this. You could try using a 10' piece of 3/4" or 1" galvy or black iron to loosen things up. Then use a metal can fastened to a 2x4 to scoop stuff up or use a shop vac with a couple of hoses. --96.237.xx.xx

Storm drain cleaning (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2019 7:30 AM

Hydro excavation.

Storm drain cleaning (by allyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2019 8:54 AM

That stuff may be from runoff at your own parking lot mixed with car oil and gas which would dissolve the asphalt in your lot especially on hotter days. Yes, your town may know someone. Also the pooper scooper model may help you. That's two poles fastened at center with some kind of shovels on the ends.

Storm drain cleaning (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2019 9:53 AM

The auger type post hole digger with an extension might work.

If you can find an electric company that sets wooden electric poles they may have a truck mounted auger that will reach the bottom.

You also might be able to put the trash pump down there and use a power washer with an extended wand to push the debris over to the trash pump but it won't get the gravel out.

Storm drain cleaning (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2019 10:09 AM

Vacuum truck will do it, but not cheap. $400 here, probably more where you are.

If you want cheap: Post hole diggers with extensions on the handles, and a bucket on a rope. Fill the bucket with the diggers, hoist it out and empty, repeat.

Storm drain cleaning (by Lynn [MA]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2019 10:14 AM

After your get it clean, you might want to get a silt sack and put it near the top so you can clean it out easier.

Storm drain cleaning (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2019 1:24 PM

When the pit is empty look on the side for the outlet to the street or?? Area drains seldom drain thru the bottom.

Storm drain cleaning (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Jun 24, 2019 4:02 PM

a long handled post hole digger is long enough and a good one should have a hinged scoop that helps hold material while you lift it out. I like the idea of filling a bucket in the hole and hoisting that out.

A hydraulic air wand like a street plumber would use to clear a channel under a SW might work, but you need the tow behind compressor to go with it. That would loosen things up. Good luck. --24.194.xx.xx

Storm drain cleaning (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jun 29, 2019 12:55 PM

This sounds like some drain. Do you have any pics of it?

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