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LMK Technologies Announces Newest ASTM Standard for Vacuum Excavated Cleanout

Ottawa, IL (July 24, 2015) – LMK Technologies’ VAC-A-TEE® Trenchless Cleanout System now meets the newly published ASTM F3097-15 Standard. ASTM Standards are an instrumental tool used by specifying engineers throughout North America to provide guidelines that ensure the optimum results for a given product or procedure. These standards are often adopted into project specifications for the purpose of describing installation methods, materials, testing procedures, and a minimum level of quality for products and a specific scope of work.

ASTM F3097-15 is a standard practice for installation of an outside sewer service cleanout through a minimally invasive small bore created by a vacuum excavator. The process begins with locating the service lateral pipe by use of a locatable sewer camera that is robotically launched from the main pipe. Once the lateral pipe is exposed, a self clamping saddle is prepared with a special adhesive and lowered into the small diameter bore hole until it contacts the lateral sewer service pipe; a downward force is applied to the riser pipe causing the side walls of the saddle to spread and encompass more than 50-percent of the host pipe.

“We are very excited to have another one of our products comply with a very important industry ASTM standard. The VAC-A-TEE system, is yet another technology example of how LMK continues to drive the industry forward with high quality products”, stated Larry Kiest, President of LMK Technologies. He further explains, “The utilization of this practice greatly reduces disruption to home owners and cities. By using this method, the installation of a cleanout has a nearly unrecognizable effect on the external surface of the ground, and most homeowners aren’t even aware that it has been installed.” The standard can be viewed and purchased at

LMK Technologies, a world leader specializing in trenchless methods to renew lateral sewer infrastructure has more than 100 worldwide issued patents for its advancements in trenchless technology. Headquartered in Ottawa, IL since 1993, LMK serves the municipal and residential markets through a network of licensed and certified contractors. For more information regarding LMK please visit, call 1-815- 433-1275 or email


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