Slot trenching is the process of digging narrow, elongated trenches or slots in the ground to accommodate utilities like pipes, cables, conduits or other linear structures.. This is commonly needed for installing pipes, cables, signs, posts and other utilities underground. This is also 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.
Unlike traditional trenching methods, which create wider and deeper excavations, slot trenching is designed to create a narrow and well-defined trench. This is particularly useful when space is limited or when there are multiple utilities in close proximity. Since only narrow trenches are needed, hydro excavation provides an ideal solution because it is possible to dig trenches to specifications, minimizing the costs for backfill, concrete encasement, asphalt patching and maintenance.
Slot trenching is a valuable excavation technique, particularly in scenarios where precision, minimal disruption, and control over trench dimensions are paramount. It’s a preferred method in urban environments, densely populated areas, and locations with intricate underground infrastructure.