Specialized Vacuum Services

Great Lakes Power Vac owns and operates a specialized fleet of high-power wet-dry vacuum trucks that are used in performing routine scheduled maintenance, plant outage or shutdown projects, and emergency response services. We have the right equipment to perform industrial cleaning and maintenance projects that range in size, scope, and duration. Our main objective for each task is to meet the technical and quality control requirements throughout the process in a cost-effective and safe manner.

GLPV vacuum trucks can remove liquids, sludge, and dry solids from a variety of industrial and manufacturing settings including:

  • Sumps
  • Separators
  • Pits
  • Tanks
  • Silos
  • Reactors
  • Clarifiers
  • Cisterns
  • Reservoirs
  • Boiler houses
  • Elevator shafts
  • Conveyor belts

Safety and Compliance Training

Our technicians are thoroughly trained in all aspects of equipment operation, site safety, and compliance.

These types of services typically require specific training to perform duties safely:

  • Confined space entry and/or rescue
  • Hazard communication
  • Lockout/tagout
  • OSHA 10-HR general industry
  • OSHA 30-HR

GLPV provides these services with the most advanced equipment and employee competence in the industrial cleaning industry. Our technicians receive both in-house and site-specific training in order to safely operate this equipment and maintain the high safety standards our customers expect.


Vacuum Loader Services

Air-moving is a highly efficient and versatile process for removing salvageable materials or industrial waste contained in tanks, containers, surface impoundments, and/or process vessels. With our high-powered industrial vacuum loaders, we can recover, contain, and carry solids, dry-bulk powders, liquids, slurries, and thick sludge from hard-to-reach areas. Material or waste is deposited into truck-mounted collector modules, drums, or other intermediate containers for transportation to the ultimate disposal location.


Dewatering Tank Cleaning

Through the use of our specialized equipment and unique chemical treatment, GLPV can substantially reduce the cost of transportation and disposal of tank waste. We have the expertise and experience to handle large storage tanks of all sizes. Centrifuges, filter presses, and thermal treatment units can be mobilized to your site to process tank waste to achieve a significant reduction of waste contents.


Sludge Pumping

Sludge pumping solves a number of difficult sludge conveyance problems. GLPV uses pumping systems that can move large volumes of highly viscous liquids, with a solids content as high as 30%. GLPV uses stand-alone, self-contained units that can be driven directly from the hydraulic system of an air-mover.


Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning effectively cleans heat exchangers and removes tar or pitch from concrete, high paraffin oil from surfaces, and residues from process equipment. Steam cleaning can also maintain a specified temperature during hydrostatic testing. Cleaning pressures as high as 10,000 PSI combined with specialty chemicals (detergents, degreasers, mild acids, and bases) allow maximum cleaning effectiveness on individual projects.


High-Pressure Washing

High-pressure water washing is a safe and cost-effective method of cleaning interior and exterior surfaces, process configurations, and other vessels. This is the most common industrial cleaning service, having features that can be applied to almost every process plant or client facility. The process itself removes various deposits and other built-up material by using water at varying pressures and flow rates. GLPV utilizes equipment that allows multiple-angle cleaning—with and without oscillation—via the use of swiveling tips.


Liquid Vacuuming

Liquid ring vacuum trucks efficiently and cost-effectively remove and transport liquid and semi-solid waste materials, both hazardous and non-hazardous, from surface impoundments, tanks, and other vessels. They are also frequently used in spill clean-up actions and for in-plant hauling or transfer of most liquids and sludge. Many of the units used by GLPV have full rear-opening doors, facilitating cleanout at the completion of a project. Liquid or waste is deposited into truck-mounted collector vac boxes, drums, or other intermediate containers, for transportation to the ultimate disposal location.


Oil-Water Separators

Oil-water separators (OWS) are systems that can be expensive to maintain. A number of different problems can occur without proper maintenance, including sludge build-up, excessive floating oil, introduction of detergents, or various spilled chemicals reaching the OWS. The impact of those scenarios can have significant consequences in the form of regulatory violations, costly hazardous waste removal, inefficient operations, or even oil discharging into the sewer system. Whether maintaining a simple system, or a more complex one, with baffles or oil skimmers, GLPV routinely performs OWS cleanings including ancillary services such as confined-space entry, sludge pumping, high-pressure washing, and waste transportation and disposal.  

The following are examples of the industrial equipment we clean and maintain and services we provide for our customers:

  • Tanks
  • Precipitator inlets
  • Process equipment
  • Dryers
  • Evaporators
  • Oil-water separators
  • Silos
  • Conveyors
  • Hoppers
  • Rail cars
  • Baghouse
  • Facility decontamination
  • Remediation
  • Cisterns
  • Reservoirs