There are more than 100 billion feet of underground utilities located in northern America. In the U.S. alone, a utility line is hit every six minutes causing power and utility disruption, injuries and even death. Compared to abrasive, traditional machinery, vacuum excavation offers a safer, smarter and more precise digging method.
Large, traditional machinery and abrasive excavation methods increase jobsite and operator risks. Due to the precision and non-destructive nature of utilizing compressed air or pressurized water, vacuum excavation is the safe digging solution. Hydro excavation utilizes high pressure water to break up solid materials, while air excavation utilizes compressed air. Air excavation is desired in applications where the soil tends to be less compact, water is not easily available, small-scale projects or backfill of the site is required. When working with buried electrical lines or brittle utilities, air excavation is also preferred due to lower operating pressures and its non-conductive nature. Hydro excavation is desired in applications where the soil is made of dense materials or may be frozen.