Vacuum Excavation

In the U.S., a utility line is hit every six minutes causing power and utility disruption, injuries or death. Digging safer and smarter means utilizing vacuum excavation.

Large, traditional machinery and abrasive excavation methods can increase jobsite and operator risk. Due to the precision and non-destructive nature of using compressed air or pressurized water, vacuum excavation is the safe solution. Hydro excavation utilizes high pressure water to break up solid materials and is effective in any soil condition, while air excavation utilizes compressed air to break up materials and is ideal for sensitive debris removal applications where any sort of water introduction would be counterproductive or damaging. Utilizing water or air to dig, allows operators to remain safe and reduces the risk of puncturing a line.

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 a line’s position, horizontal and vertical orientation 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.

Trenching

Slot Trenching is the process of digging narrow trenches without disturbing the surrounding soil for utility installation, trench system structure or existing underground utilities. This 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 easily and quickly, 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 process of digging holes of various diameters and depths for pilings. During this process if a utility line is uncovered, it will not be harmed. With manual digging or traditional machinery, the risk of hitting a line is increased.  Utilizing a vacuum excavator during this process also eliminates the need for additional equipment for containment and disposal.

Remote Digging

When cables, utility lines or water mains need to be repaired or excavation is required in hard-to-reach areas, vacuum excavation can be utilized. Our vacuum excavators come with an extendable, 8-inch diameter, to prevent clogs, boom that rotates and pivots downward. This means that units do not need to be readjusted and can be located away from an excavation point. This minimizes the impact and restoration on a jobsite and eliminates traffic congestion near roads.

Cold Weather Digging

Unlike traditional machinery or manual digging, cold weather does not deter vacuum excavators. Our units are equipped with truck-mounted water heaters to easily excavate frozen soil. This reduces dig time and eliminates the need for environmentally-unsafe thawing methods, such as wood and coal.

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