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Waterblasting – So Much More Than Removal

When D. E. Gemmill Inc. purchased a water blaster, the specific thought was to utilize the equipment for pavement marking removal, which would correspond with their core business of pavement marking. However, in a short period of time, we realized that we can offer so many more services with this piece of equipment.

During the fall of 2017, a paving firm, approached use with a dilemma they were encountering on The Perdue Soybean plant in Lancaster County PA, a long-term construction site. The site had been active for over a year, and they had already applied a binder coat of asphalt to assist with construction traffic in and out of the site. Now the time arrived to begin applying the wearing course of asphalt, the only problem was that so much dirt had been ground into the asphalt binder that it would be nearly impossible to have the wearing course of asphalt bond to the asphalt binder. The paving contractor, utilized water trucks, road sweepers, and even power washing companies to try and remove the dirt, with no success. Enter D. E. Gemmill Inc. The paving contractor, contacted us and asked if we had any ideas, since we were already under contract to perform the pavement marking and signage for the site. D. E. Gemmill Inc. advised them that we could try utilizing the water blaster to remove the dirt from the asphalt binder course. As you can see in the video, this was a tremendous success. D. E. Gemmill Inc. was able to clean the areas with heavy ground in dirt so that paving could be completed.

Cleaning of asphalt surfaces prior to paving, or cleaning pavement markings, runways, fuel filling pads and so much more, Let D. E. Gemmill assist you with your next project.



Craig Adams, Inc. has used D.E. Gemmill exclusively for our Line Painting and Signage needs since the 90’s.  We have always been very pleased with the quality of work performed, jobs completed in a timely fashion, and at competitive prices, on all size projects.  A great company to do business with!

— B. Keller , General Manager    , W. Craig Adams Inc

It has always been a positive experience working with D.E. Gemmill. It all starts in the estimating department where I can always count on receiving a proposal that is accurate and thorough. Then we have the tough task of scheduling on tight time frame jobs where Cary and Dave always seem to work us in when we need it. The field guys always do their best to bring to our attention possible conflicts that could present problems if they notice something that isn’t quite right.

I would recommend D.E. Gemmill’s services for anyone looking to have professional and quality workmanship on their projects.

— W. Stevens , Project Manager , Mainline Excavating

We wanted to send you a thank you for the great job. The men working were very good and completed their job very professionally. I really like when you have a great team to work with. Again thank you and your crew, we would recommend your company to anyone.

— W. Willders , Westminster Place At Stewartstown

I would like to let you know that the line painting crew (Donnie, Albert, Scott, Tom, and Possum) did a fantastic job this week. It was a pleasure to work with them and the respect they showed me while I was riding along. Please pass my appreciation along to them.

Also if you can get Donnie into singing lessons that would be great.  My ears still feel the pain.


— S. Walker , City of Lebanon – Traffic Shop

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