McVac Environmental

Pipe Cleaning CCTV Inspection & Storm Drain Maintenance

McVac operates a fleet of high-pressure sewer jet trucks utilized for pipe cleaning projects ranging from small diameter pipes to large culverts. The staff at McVac has over 130 years of combined experience in the pipe-cleaning field. We have completed many projects with pipe diameter sizes ranging from 6" to over 120", and we specialize in large pipe cleaning projects – from handling large culvert cleanings to maintaining the sewer infrastructure for entire cities and towns.

Our equipment was specifically built by our staff to handle the most unique and challenging pipe/culvert cleaning projects and is also available via Hy-Rail capabilities. 

Our Cleaning Equipment Includes

  • One of very few jet cleaning and water recycling units in the country with a 99.9% efficiency in recycling the water it uses for cleaning to minimize downtime for water resupply and continue working!
  • Large water reservoir tanks (4,000 gallons) – enabling us to spend more time cleaning and less time refilling
  • Jet pumps that can operate up to 300 GPM – for heavy cleaning and moving large debris
  • Multiple hose reels, ranging in size from ½" to 1 ½" – including 1000' of 1 ½" hose, 1000' of 1" hose and 500' of ½" hose
  • Double “sled heads” that are mounted side-by-side to handle wide pipes and culverts so that the entire pipe is cleaned, not just a single path as a “single head” would do
  • Large-diameter hydraulic pumps capable of handling large flows of grit, sand and water during the cleaning operation
  • Decanting containers that capture the sediment/solids and allow the grey water to be returned to the sewer or system
  • A wide variety of cleaning nozzles and cleaning tips to meet all demands in pipe cleaning. Our nozzle and tip inventory includes spinning tips for cutting grease, feeder roots, root saws/cutters, large root chain cutters for round pipes 6" to 48", floor cleaners with 10 to 14 porcelain rear jets, and sand nozzles.

CCTV Inspection

McVac operates a fleet of different tractors/crawlers for pipe inspection, allowing us to perform the hardest and largest pipe inspections. We have tractors capable of video inspection in pipe sizes ranging from 6" to 120" in diameter, all of which are steerable units, allowing the equipment to be maneuvered with ease around any bends or sharp turns in the pipe. This saves significant equipment downtime, allowing McVac to be highly productive and capture the maximum amount of footage per day.

Trucks are equipped with the latest CCTV equipment and software, which allows our operators to identify defects (broken tiles, cracks, offset joints, blockages, etc.) and pinpoint in the footage where the exact trouble areas are for repair.

Sonar Inspection

McVac is one of only a handful of companies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions to offer sonar inspection services for all types of pipes. Sonar inspection allows a pipe to be inspected even when running at capacity. Sonar is capable of measuring sediment depth and depicting pipe deficiencies, such as protruding laterals, infiltration, cracks and breaks. Sonar profiling has proven to be very successful in a number of applications. Surcharged pipelines, siphons, force mains and river crossings can be inspected without the disruptive and costly need for bypass pumping.

The sonar inspection instrument can be coupled with a CCTV camera and used in semi-submerged pipelines, providing a continuous image of the pipe both above and below the waterline. Customers can watch the live video from our Video Vans and are supplied with both electronic and hard copies of the entire inspection.

McVac utilizes NASSCO (PACP) certified software and operators for all pipe inspection projects.

Storm Drain Maintenance

Along with our pipe cleaning division, McVac also performs maintenance services for storm drains. We own and operate a fully licensed transfer station specifically designed to handle storm drain debris and sewer grit. All material is kept inside the fully enclosed transfer station, reloaded into roll-off containers and transported to a licensed landfill for proper disposal.