How Do Vacuum Pumps Work When Used in Gutter and Drain Cleaning?

May 22, 2017

Messy gutters create rain barriers. They fill with debris, dam the water, and clog building downspouts. As an ideal solution to this messy problem, vacuum gutter cleaning equipment addresses rooftop blockages by sucking these drainage channels clean. Let's take a look at the vacuum pumps that make this process possible. Beginning with the power plant, you'll see how the heart of the system empowers the cleaning jetters until they can shift the most stubborn gutter debris.

Demystifying Vacuum Pumps

In terms of gutter cleaning, no ordinary prime mover can produce enough suction power to move the accumulated garbage that's lodged itself in your building's guttering. No, a dynamic vacuum pump is a vital resource here, one that will reliably generate the necessary suction force. That means a kinetic energy source is required to start the machinery and keep the suction equipment's vacuum active. Essentially, that initial energy comes from electricity or diesel, an engine or motor that acts as the first stage of the vacuum pump. From there, the engine drives a mechanical assembly, which then accesses a sealed chamber inside the pump housing. It's in here, in this pressure vessel, that the vacuum is created.

Vacuum Pumps: Gutter and Drain Cleaning

Connected to wide-bore gutter cleaning conduits, the next part of the equipment's work duties are readily discharged. A long pipe and a connected hose snake through an elevated frame, an articulated cleaning jetter. Mounted on a special truck, the entire setup functions like an industrially-graded vacuum cleaner, just like the ones used in your home. Of course, it's not just dirt and grime that's dislodged when dynamic vacuum pumps are activated, it's every jammed branch, every sodden leaf and pile of half-dried mud that feels the undeniable pull of the vacuum cleaning equipment. Even growing chunks of mossy turf, the build-ups that typically require manual removal, won't hang around for long when the exchangeable nozzle at the business end of the cleaner begins its probing work.

Vacuum pumps are two-stage engines. At their core, an electric motor or a diesel engine produces motive force. That rotating or pistoning energy sucks air out of a sealed vessel, which then leads to the creation of an airless void, a vacuum inside the pump. Coupled to hoses and pipes, that industrial-strength vacuum removes everything in its path. Screws and bolts and man-made parts remain anchored in place, but every organic item and foreign object is cleared away until the guttering and downspouts are absolutely clean.

Apex Vacuum Gutter Cleaning
Diamond Creek, Victoria, 3089

Alasdair Collis
Ph: 0410 614 924
Fax: 03 9438 2743

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