Arkansas PRO grows his business with industrial cleaning services
When James Murdock started his company, Murdock Portable Toilets & Septic Tank Service, in Russellville, Arkansas, in 1970, his original service offerings included residential septic tank pumping and portable restroom rentals for construction projects and special events. But eventually he branched out and added industrial clients to his customer list.
Russellville is home to a number of poultry plants, a Bridgestone Tire inner tube manufacturing facility, two International Paper box plants, and even a nuclear power reactor. Besides providing portable restrooms and pumping services for those customers, the company cleaned out their sewer lines. About 20 years ago Murdock reached a point where he thought it would make sense to get an industrial jetting system to handle larger pipes and more difficult projects for those customers. When a Spartan Tool representative stopped by the office one day, he was sold, and a new line of work opened up.
The company used the jetter to clean lines for their industrial customers but, as is often the case, once you have a tool or piece of equipment in hand you start finding other applications beyond what it was originally purchased for.
“We’ve used them to get rid of roots in a septic tank,” says Dawayne Murdock, James’ son and company accountant, “or any time you have to have enough power to push through some type of blockage.” You can also treat it like a power washer, he says. “We’ve cleaned parking lots, buildings, washed off rooftops.”
Murdock currently has two Spartan units. Both can handle pipes up to 12 inches in diameter and have 150-gallon water tanks and adjustable pump pulsation. The model 758 has a 27 hp twin-cylinder gas-powered engine and delivers 3,000 psi at 12 gpm. The 740 has a 40 hp twin-cylinder propane-powered engine and delivers 4,000 psi at 12 gpm. Both are mounted on fully certified trailers.
Although it took 30 years to purchase his first jetter, Murdock wouldn’t do without one now. “We find them very effective for keeping lines clean or unstopping lines,” he says.