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Next Level Silo Cleaning in Chicago!

Our professional silo cleaning services are tailored to your business and project goals. At Chicagoland Silo Cleaning Solutions, we want to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients with high-quality results at an affordable price. Safety being of utmost concern, we provide a variety of services designed to clear away blockages or material accumulation within various vessels.
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From carbon slack silos and cement dome silos to clay and grain product silos, our experience extends far beyond silo cleaning - including bins, bunkers, industrial chimneys, and railcars!

Our services are designed to understand, recognize and meet our client's project goals. We guarantee high-quality and cost-effective results while maintaining a safe work environment. When you need a reliable silo cleaning company in Chicago, you can count on our team to get the job done to the highest level.


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Silo Cleaning Company in Chicago: Our Capabilities

General Capabilities

The main purpose of silo cleaning is to remove blockages or material accumulation in vessels:

  • Eliminate dangerous "in the vessel" cleaning by plant personnel
  • Recover design capacity
  • Decommissioning Vessels During Conversion or Shutdown
  • Eliminate Combustion-Generating "Hot Spots."

What Types of Silos Can Be Cleaned?

There are a wide range of silo types that can be cleaned. When you work with Chicagoland Silo Cleaning Solutions, no task is too big or too small for our skilled technicians to handle. Here are some of the main silo types we deal with, but this list is not exhaustive:

  • Clay Silos
  • Grain Product Silos
  • Carbon Slack Silos
  • Cement Dome Silos
  • Cement Silos
  • Gypsum Silos
  • Lime Silos
  • Salt Silos
  • Soda Ash Silos
  • Clinker Coal Silos
  • Fly Ash Silos
  • Flour Silos
  • Sand Silos

What Types of Vessels Can You Clean?

Here are some of the vessel types our team is used to dealing with on a daily basis:

  • Bins
  • Railcars
  • Chutes
  • Bunkers
  • Industrial Chimneys
  • Hoppers
  • Pipes
  • Silos
  • Tanks
  • Flue Gas Stacks

Common Obstruction Issues

Some of the most common obstruction issues our clients frequently seek our assistance for include:

Ratholing or Tunneling

When is Cleaning Necessary?

You may require assistance from silo cleaning companies in Chicago if you’re experiencing any of these problems:

Material discharges in lumps or chunks
Material Discharges Off-Center
Outlet/Discharge Regularly Plugs
Material Changes in Vessels
“Live" capacity Diminished: Vessels Need Filling Frequently
Filling Time Decreases

Industries Served

Our team serves various industries, including but not limited to:

Batteries Manufacturers
Breweries & Distilleries
Quarrying / Mining
Paint & Allied Products
Pulp & Paper
Sand & Gravel
Steel & Aluminum

Samples of materials removed from vessels

  • Cement
  • Lime
  • Nitrates
  • Ore Fines
  • Ores
  • Pelletized Fly Ash
  • Pet Food
  • Chemicals
  • Clinker
  • Coal
  • Cullet
  • Detergent
  • Dust
  • Fertilizer
  • Flour
  • Fly Ash
  • Grain
  • Gypsum
  • Kaolin
  • Plastic
  • Salt
  • Sand
  • Food Processing
  • Foundry
  • Glass, Stone & Clay
  • Boiler Ash
  • Borax
  • Catalysts
  • Soda Ash
  • Sugar
  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Potash
  • Sludge
  • Soybean Meal
  • Wood Chips & Pellets
  • Animal Feeds
  • Aragonite
  • Cement Plants & Terminals
  • Chemicals & Plastics
  • Feed & Grain

Our Tools For Silo Cleaning

Bin Whip

A bin whip is used to mechanically remove adhered materials on vessel walls.

The Whip Head is a heavy-duty, remotely-controlled, compressed-air-driven (plant air between 85 and 100 PSI) reversing engine equipped with specially-designed flails, mounted on a modular, articulated boom. It can remove stubborn materials without damaging a vessel's walls, bottom, or lining.

The Whip Head can be lowered through the vessel's inspection hatch or topside access port and positioned precisely according to the flow obstruction type. Our skilled team is trained to control the Whip Head from outside the vessel. They can adjust the speed, degree of movement, and draw rate as needed.

The agglomerated (dry or wet) material falls as it is undercut. The process is repeated until the vessel empties or meets all requirements.

Easy-to-assemble HD Bin Whip components are lightweight and compact, making it easy to transport, set up, and operate by one person. The HD Bin Whip is suitable for explosive environments. It can clean up to 30' from each 18" opening on the topside to a maximum depth of 225 feet.

Sonic Horn

The purpose of this component is to fluidize materials stuck to surfaces. This is accomplished using a combination of sound waves with high-energy and low frequency.

Driven by compressed air (plant air: between 85 and 100 PSI), Sonic Horn produces low-frequency sound waves with high energy. Sound waves are created by compressed air flexing the titanium diaphragm of the Horn's sound generator.

They are then magnified and emitted from the Horn's Bell in a 360deg radial pattern. They travel at speeds of >1100ft/sec. The Sonic Horn can be mounted or suspended at strategic points in the vessel, while air pressure and volume are controlled remotely from the outside.

From there, the sound waves are alternated 60-420 times a second to produce fundamental frequencies. These frequencies cause the dry deposits to resonate and then become fluidized. Gravity causes the material, once fluidized, to flow freely toward the discharge. Sonic Horns do not damage vessels or structures because they operate at higher frequencies than steel, ceramic linings, and concrete. Sonic Horns are suitable for explosive environments and have been used to clean vessels, heat exchangers, and air preheaters.

Bin Drill

The bin drill is utilized to bore a channel, allowing fluids to flow through clogs.

The HD Bin Drill, Sonic Horn, or both, can be used to remove bulk materials from a vessel. Using multiple lengths of bolt-connected drill shafts, application-specific graduated drill bits are quickly and efficiently fed in until the obstruction is removed.

The Bin Drill components are made of lightweight, compact materials that are spark-proof. They are easy to transport, set up, and operate by one person. The portable controls on the highly efficient power unit allow our technicians to precisely control the drilling. Bin Drills have been used on vessels as deep as 200 feet in explosive environments.

Chunkbuster Cartridge

The Chunkbuster Cartridge is used to dislodge the solid rock. This is done using a controlled CO2 gas discharge.

The CARDOX system is a specially designed, high-strength steel tube that contains liquid CO2, which is also used in fire extinguishers. The tube converts liquid into expanding gas when remotely activated, creating an instantaneous push force.

The vessel is fitted with one or more tubes with discharge nozzles at specific locations, while the tube is filled with liquid CO2, containing a ruptured disc and chemical heater that can be replaced.

With the help of a small electric charge, the liquid carbon dioxide turns into gas, expanding by 600%. The disc is popped by pressure, which releases a massive amount of CO2 gas. This creates a force of up to 40,000 PSI at the discharge nozzle. It can quickly remove even the most solid blockages. CARDOX Tubes are reusable by replacing the disc and heater and refilling the CO2, and the system is a certified explosive-free device.

Chicagoland Silo Cleaning Solutions: Our Unique Advantages

Here are some of the unique advantages you can enjoy when you work with the top silo-cleaning company in Chicago:

  • Removes the most material per hour
  • Turnkey service without plant personnel involvement
  • Lowest total cost
  • More efficient cleaning
  • No hidden costs
  • Environmentally friendly cleaning processes
  • Cleaning from outside the vessel
  • Strict safety requirements
  • Minimal vessel damage
  • Total cleanout
  • Local cleaning crews
  • Flexible scheduling
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed

Chicagoland Silo Cleaning Solutions offers professional cleaning services for silos and bins, as well as bulk storage removal/cleanout and industrial coating. We have been serving the industry for several decades, so you can trust your project is in experienced hands.

Regardless of the silo type you need or the material that is stored in it, our specialists will get the job done efficiently. Our crew members are also trained to respond to emergency silo situations quickly, so we won’t leave you hanging when you need us most.

We have performed silo cleaning services for all silos and materials, and believe it’s a necessary cost for industrial businesses. Our goal is to eliminate emergency plant shutdowns related to blockages, offering a comprehensive range of services for all types and sizes of silos. Our work includes cement build-up in silos walls, slag wall build-up, hardened concrete in silos, cement storage, fly ash, air pads, vacuum truck service, and more.

Silo cleaning can be a cost-saving measure that helps remove build-up, recover lost materials and maximize production and profit. Silos that are clogged, stuck, or run slowly can be a major cause of decreased revenue for your business.

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As soon as material accumulation and silo blocks form, they can quickly accelerate and reduce the silo's capacity by as much as half. Production is also directly affected by material flow and silo-blocking issues.

This is why it’s essential to get in touch with a professional team immediately to schedule service. A routine cleaning schedule for silos will prevent the additional costs of emergency cleanings and plant shutdowns.

Checkout our other services too like our Tank and Vessel cleaning service. Contact us today to discuss your project and get started today!


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