NewsWhen Is Vacuum Loading Needed

10 March 2020by support

Are you searching for a safe way to remove solid or liquid waste from confined spaces? Do you want an EPA compliant cleaning technology for effective and efficient cleaning of your site?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then the answer lies in vacuum loading.

A vacuum loading system consists of a self-contained truck that has a powerful pump to suck in the dry or liquid waste which is then pumped into a tank. The truck then drives the tank to dispose of the debris/waste at an approved waste deposit site.

While there are many methods of liquid waste disposal, vacuum loading offers a number of advantages over other waste removal techniques.

When is Vacuum Loading Needed?

While vacuum loading can be used in a variety of situations, there are certain use cases where it is the safest and most effective way to remove the waste materials. It is especially useful in confined spaces.

Confined spaces are typically defined as areas that are not big or safe enough for manual removal of waste materials.

Some of the common examples of confined spaces include manholes, pump stations, storage tanks, sumps, highly congested areas, grease traps, pits, silos, wet wells and drains among others.

Confined spaces are dangerous for workers due to high risk of trench collapse, trench subsidence or exposure to harmful gases among other things.

Benefits of Vacuum Loading

  • It’s Safer

One of the biggest advantages of vacuum loading is that it is a safer way to remove the waste materials. Minimal manual intervention is required in the process as trained technicians only need to fix the vacuum hose to the waste removal site and all the work is done by the vacuum pump. It keeps the workers safe as they do not need to handle the waste material. Also, trench subsidence or collapse is a big risk; this can be minimised with a powerful vacuum pump sucking in the waste material.

  • It Saves Time

Vacuum loading is time-efficient as the vacuum pump works at a much faster pace compared to manual labour. As the whole system is self-contained, no additional vehicles or equipment is needed for recovering and loading the material. The material is recovered directly into the tank and the truck takes the tank to an approved disposal site for safe and efficient disposal.

  • It Saves Money

Contrary to popular perception, it is one of the most cost-effective methods of waste removal. One of the reasons is that only a single piece of machinery is required to do the job. Since no additional vehicles are required, it saves on fuel costs, labour costs as well as the time required to do the job.

  • It’s Best for Confined Spaces

Confined spaces are exceptionally risky for workers. Also, there are certain areas where traditional machines or technology cannot be used. In such cases, vacuum loading is the only way to safely and efficiently remove the waste material.

  • Higher Capacity

The traditional vacuum trucks have a capacity of around 3000 L but there are also bigger trucks available with capacities of up to 20,000 L. Simply put, no job is big enough for vacuum loading.

  • It’s Versatile

This is a highly versatile waste removal technique and can be used in a variety of situations. Vacuum loading can be used in places where access is limited or where the waste product is stored in pits or tanks, for containing spills, or during flooding, or during plant maintenance among others. It can also be used for removal of wet or dry waste including brick dust, stormwater, car wash pit cleaning, concrete slurry, marble slurry, hydro mud or drill slurry among others.


To summarise, vacuum loading is an EPA compliant, cost-effective and efficient way of waste removal and disposal.

It is exceptionally efficient for waste removal from confined spaces as well as in situations where it’s too dangerous for excavation personnel to work.


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