Potholing and Daylighting
Potholing, sometimes known as daylighting, is the process of digging a test hole to locate and expose utilities while ensuring that the surrounding soil is undisturbed.. This process can also determine their positions, horizontal and vertical orientations and allow for maintenance checks for any damage, such as punctures and cracks. Potholing is also an effective digging method for the installation of signs, telephone and utility poles, fences and any other application requiring a post being set in the ground.
Slot Trenching is the method of digging narrow trenches without disturbing the surrounding soil for utility installation, trench system structure or existing underground utilities. This method is practical when installing sprinkler and irrigation systems or locating and exposing underground utilities without the risk of damaging previously installed systems or lines. Repairs can be made to existing lines or new utility lines can be installed easier and quicker, without concerns for safety or service interruption. This method also makes it possible to dig trenches to specifications, minimizing the costs for backfill, concrete encasement, asphalt patching and maintenance.
Digging Pilings and Pole Holes
Piling Hole Excavation is the digging of holes of varying diameters and depths for all types of pilings. Since this is a non-destructive digging process, underground utilities that may be uncovered during hole excavation will not be harmed, in contrast to the high risk of damage that exists with the use of manual or traditional digging equipment and methods. This eliminates the need for extra equipment specifically for containment and disposal.
Due to the precision and non-destructive nature of hydro and air excavation, debris can be removed without causing damage or destruction to the surrounding area. It can be done remotely, and is ideal for removing debris from small, tight and sensitive areas, without damaging or destroying them. Our air excavation option is ideal for more sensitive debris removal applications where any sort of water introduction would be counterproductive or damaging.
When fiber optic cables, telephone lines, water mains or other utility lines need to be repaired or excavation is needed in space-restricted areas, hydro or air excavation is an ideal digging method. Vacuum excavators utilize a single, extendable hose so that the unit can be located away from the excavation point when located in a tight or congested space. This minimizes the impact and restoration requirements for the actual site, eliminates inconvenience and in job site settings on or near roads it virtually eliminates traffic congestion.
Cold Weather Digging
Unlike traditional or manual digging, cold weather is not a deterrent for vacuum excavators. Our units are equipped with truck-mounted water heaters to excavate frozen soil with ease, reducing digging time and eliminating the need for environmentally-unsafe thawing methods that use wood and coal.