About RK HydroVac

Since 1981, RK HydroVac has been leading the way in providing clean and safe environments to all kinds of commercial, industrial, and municipal construction job sites.

In 1981, two brothers who grew up on a farm in rural Ohio started RK HydroVac.

They started out simple – working out of their family’s barn– selling their services to local roofing contractors, using the traditional method of removing rock from flat roofs (shovels & wheelbarrows).

As they grew, they developed equipment, techniques, and technologies to build increased efficiency and safety for their customers.

These brothers worked hard to grow the business. They understood the importance of personal connection. They created strong relationships with their customers and provided a family environment for their workforce.

RK HydroVac continued expanding the business, opening regional offices in Charlotte NC (1983), Pittston, PA (1990) and various satellite offices (1999-present) to provide the best service and value for customers. These regional offices were started and run by employees who became co-owners and continued the vision for the company by continually developing equipment, techniques, and building the right team of employees.

By 2017, the brothers had decided that it was time to step away from the Company and on to other adventures. But, rather than selling the business to outsiders who couldn’t appreciate the deeply embedded work culture of mutual respect, camaraderie, and teamwork, the brothers and regional office co-owners had a better idea: an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

As an ESOP, RK HydroVac would always belong to the people whose hard work would build and grow the Company. Each employee would have the chance to own a portion of the business and directly benefit from the business’s success.

In 2019, RK HydroVac became 100% employee-owned and operated through an employee stock ownership plan that enables each and every current and future co-worker to share in the financial and operational success of the Company!

This gives us a unique opportunity to have ownership in RK, continue to have our 401K plan, and be building the value of our overall retirement while we honor the brothers’ vision to continue to solidify RK as a leading employer in our communities and the nationwide leader in roof vacuuming preparation services.


**For more information on an ESOP and the benefits it provides, visit the National Center for Employee Ownership: ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Facts

The RK HydroVac Advantage

When you work with RK HydroVac, you work with the recognized industry leader in quality and customer service. That means you get the full promise of our entire employee-owned staff behind each and every project.

Full Line of Roof Vacuuming Services – RK HydroVac provides a full line of roof vacuuming services; dry-vac, wet-vac, ballast removal, and ballasting for the industrial and commercial industry.

Longevity – RK HydroVac has been in business since 1981 and our team is one of the most established and experienced in the business.

Technologically Advanced Equipment – Through much research and development RK has continually modernized the roof preparation business with technologically advanced equipment. RK is dedicated to continuous satisfaction and improvement for our customers.

Capable of Handling Unique Working Requirements – Through the years we have encountered all types of buildings, set-ups, and obstacles. RK has years of experience working in high profile locations. We have encountered unique working requirements and have kept our customers satisfied. RK’s experience includes reaching extreme heights to vacuum rocks off of roofs several hundred feet in the air.

Safety Conscious Program -While hard work is one of the fundamental ethics of our team, so is safety. We have a safety conscious program and put safety plans in place for every job. In fact, we emphasize an internal 100% safety rule and take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe work environment. Each of our highly qualified crew members have at least 10 hours of OSHA training, numerous hours of in-house training and are fully equipped with the devices needed to maintain a safe and effective work setting.

Professionalism – Professionalism is another key value for RK. This is why all our trucks are manned by uniformed, well-trained and highly skilled crews. Our field personnel are trained to provide high quality services and we tailor our response time to meet your specific needs.

Quality Service and Customer Support – Our goal is to earn your business every time you need a related service. That is why we stress quality service and customer support to meet your schedule. Our estimators have experience both on the job site and in the office, providing them with well-rounded knowledge in creating the most accurate quotes possible, and we always strive to serve in the most convenient manner possible. Whether you prefer communications in person, or by fax, email, or phone, we are ready, willing, and able to serve.

Availability – We strive to provide the most reliable industrial cleaning and roof preparation in the business. RK’s experience, technology, and timeliness permit us to handle numerous projects at any given time, and we are available year-round. RK regularly sets the standard for roof vacuuming, industrial cleaning services, customer care, and overall professionalism.

RK HydroVac Services

worker performing ballast removal service

Single Ply and IRMA systemsBallast Removal

Our vacuum system removes rock and other similar ballast quickly, safely, and most of all, neatly.

one pass dry vac service by RK Hydrovac worker

One-PassDry Vac

Our state-of-the-art vacuum process removes the loose material in just a single pass.

Roof preparing for any new roofing system without ponding water or additional drying methods.

Instead of dealing with unreliable dumpster rental companies that don’t respect your timelines, RK HydroVac offers simple one-call scheduling and timely delivery of dumpster trailers to our roofing partners. We’ve been working with roofing companies for more than 40 years, and our commitment means you can count on us.

RK’s Pneumatic Ballasting System eliminates roof membrane and crushed insulation damage caused by carting heavy gravel buggies across new roof systems. Pneumatic ballasting also eliminates problems such as reaching hard-to-get areas, electrical lines, double handling on multi-level roofs, etc.

We serve the roofing industry

Since 1981, RK HydroVac has been leading the way in providing clean and safe environments to all kinds of commercial, industrial, and municipal construction job sites.
dry pass vacuum service by RK Hydrovac worker