Rampart cleans runways for commercial and private airports, as well as military air bases. We have performed runway rubber removal at over seventy (70) airfields, including many of the nation’s largest and busiest. With over twenty-five (25) years of experience cleaning runway rubber, Rampart has the capacity and the know-how do the job correctly, the first time.
Airfield runways are a very active area. At major airports, planes land and take off continuously. When planes land, they leave a long streak of rubber as each wheel touches down. Runway rubber removal is critical because from repeated landings, airplane tire rubber accumulates on both concrete and asphalt runways, and accumulated rubber can be dangerous. Accumulation of rubber on runways reduces the surface friction needed to stop and can lead to dangerous landing conditions. Continuous landings will deposit rubber (skid marks) on the runways surface. Runways are grooved perpendicular to the runway. These groves are designed to allow water to quickly flow away and off the runway surface. When these groves become filled with rubber due to multiple landings, the water can no longer flow off the runway resulting in a potential for dangerous hydroplaning conditions. Heavily contaminated runways may become unsafe during wet 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, and most important the existing surface. Our ultra-high pressure water jets have the ability to reach down into the groves to remove all the rubber restoring the runways ability to quickly shed water during rain storms. Safety is the airport operations personnel’s number one priority and clean runways improves the safety of the airfield.
Using our BlasterVac trucks, we remove the rubber deposits while continuously vacuuming the rubber debris and wastewater from the runway surface. Chemicals, which may damage the environment, are not needed or used. Only clean, potable water is required to safely remove the rubber. During the removal process the existing runway surface is unharmed by the water jets. In case of an emergency, our trucks can stop cleaning and quickly exit the runway allowing for an emergency landing.