Rubber Removal

Photo of Rampart Hydro Blaster removing runway rubberRampart cleans runways for commercial and private airports, as well as Department of Defense air bases and naval air fields. We do this work on both a project-by-project basis and through long-term maintenance agreements. To date, we have removed runway rubber at over seventy (70) airports, including many of the nation’s largest and busiest.

From repeated takeoffs and landings, airplane tire rubber accumulates on both concrete and asphalt runways, and accumulated rubber can be dangerous. Accumulation of rubber on runways reduce the friction needed to stop and can lead to dangerous landing conditions.

With our ultra high pressure water, Rampart efficiently and safely removes and vacuums away the rubber deposits (and wastewater). We do it without damaging the existing markings, lights or sealants and most important the existing surface.

When specifications call for 95% removal, we can work at rates that exceed 20,000 square feet per hour, with 100% removal the production rate is 5,000 – 10,000 square feet per hour. (With 95% removal, the friction coefficient attains 80% – 90% of the coefficient along the uncontaminated edge of the runway. 100% removal restores the original friction coefficient.)

Photo of BlasterVac truck removing rubber on airport runwayUsing our Blaster or BlasterVac trucks, we clean the cross-sectional tines or grooves in runways to insure proper drainage and minimize the likelihood of hydroplaning. During the removal process the existing runway surface is unharmed by the water jets. In case of emergencies our trucks can stop cleaning within 30 seconds and attain highway speeds like a normal truck.

With over twenty (20) years of experience cleaning runway rubber, and with the largest fleet of hydro-cleaning equipment in the world, Rampart has the capacity and the know-how do the job correctly, the first time.