What is a drywell?

A drywell is a storm sewer catch basin that is designed to slowly seep rainwater into the ground in neighbourhoods where the city main connection is unavailable to tie into.

It’s okay if you have a drywell on your property because there are 1000’s across the city just like it. It’s also quite common for them to need servicing to keep them functioning properly. Drywell restoration needs to be expertly completed with the right equipment.

The key is to hire a contractor with a powerful suction truck to properly clean the base of the drywell all the way to the bottom of the concrete cylinder. NOT ANY TYPE OF VAC TRUCK will do. You need one with a lot of suction that can pick up boulders, mud, road debris and garbage that is often found inside drywells.

​Our vac system uses an 8600CFM fan. It’s capable of sucking up bricks if it has to!

Another very important component of drywell restoration is a high-pressure wash unit that uses low volume water. This will help to keep dumping fees to a minimum. We are always looking for ways to save our customers money on their projects and with ongoing operating and maintenance costs.

​Also, keep in mind that this type of work is very technical. For example, if the base of the drywell is sucked out past the bottom of the concrete cylinder, a sinkhole will paper in the asphalt during the next heavy rainfall.

Trust Pronto to do this type of work. We live for this stuff!

So if you have a drywell in your parking lot that you are ready to give up on because nobody seems to be able to get it to work properly, contact us today for an estimate.

We’ll get you fixed up without causing any future headaches!


Time to replace your grease trap?

We are familiar with all 3 types of grease interceptor replacement jobs: above ground, in ground and overhead units.

Many decisions have to be made when choosing a new grease trap. The cheapest way is to go with an exact match because there will be less plumbing involved to make it fit.

Most restaurants have metal grease traps in the ground that develop leaks due to corrosion. We have seen many cases of fly infestation due to grease leaking into the ground under the foundation. To replace an inground unit the most important thing to keep in mind is that the new one will have to be perfectly flush with the floor to avoid creating a tripping hazard. Therefore it can be difficult to find any composite units with the exact same height of the inlet-outlet pipes in relation to the lid.

Above ground grease traps are the easiest to replace.

One more important thing to keep in mind: You should have an experienced grease trap cleaning company like Pronto install or replace your grease traps because we know best how to make it serviceable in the future.

When you need grease trap replacement services in Calgary, our friendly and well trained staff will ensure all of your needs are handled quickly and efficiently. And we’ll do it cost-effectively too!


Understanding your kitchen sink stack

A kitchen sink stack is a vertical drain pipe. Anytime anyone rinses something down the drain, including soap, dirty dishwater, grease, fats, oils, meat trimming and vegetable waste, it flows down the drain pipe and into the sewer system. If enough fat, grease, oils and solids are poured down the drains, they will start to congeal as they cool, resulting in slow drains for multiple units and partial and complete clogs for some, typically those on the main floor. If the clog is severe enough, it can cause the pipe to backup.

Kitchen sink stacks in multi-unit buildings can be tricky to manage. The key to keeping everything running smoothly is regular maintenance completed by experts who can ensure this build-up is cleared. And that the maintenance itself doesn’t cause further issues.

Over time, a kitchen sink stack can accumulate fat, oil and grease build-up resulting in sewer backups. A regular maintenance program for kitchen sink stack cleaning completed every 3-5 years is necessary to clear the accumulation.

We specialize in restoring the flow of these stacks by feeding a drain cleaning machine from the top of the stack all the way down into the building sewer main. This way the entire stack is cleaned thoroughly and any build-up is removed.

Kitchen stack cleaning experts know how to complete this procedure for your building without causing disruption and sewer backups during the process!

Estimates include a FREE consultation specific to your building so we understand all of the intricacies you’re working with. Contact us today for more information!


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