What is Hydro Excavation?
Hydro excavation is the process of removing or moving soil with pressurized water. An air conveyance or vacuum truck is then used to transfer the soil or debris to a debris tank. This allows for a non-destructive and more accurate way to excavate soil and locate underground utilities.
The popularity of hydro excavation today started with oil and gas industries in Canada. The Canadian contractors were able to see the efficiency of hydro excavation as compared to other methods of daylighting.
The cold weather in Canada often caused the soil to be frozen. This made it harder to excavate using traditional methods. Canadian contractors discovered that using hydro excavation with heated water was a good way to get the job done. It was only a matter of time before the United States embraces this safe and highly effective technology as well.
How does hydro excavation work?
Hydro excavation is a process that uses pressurized water to remove soil and debris around pipe systems. It is the most preferred method of digging because of its efficiency and accuracy. Traditional digging methods can be tedious, dangerous, and costly.
Using hydro excavation has made digging a much safer, accurate, and faster way to access underground utilities. Hydro excavation can be used for debris removal, digging in difficult areas, potholing, daylighting, and pipe and sewer rehabilitation.
One thing that stands out the most to clients who prefer hydro excavation is that it does not require digging which means the surrounding soil is not disturbed. This eliminates the additional time and team required.
What are some uses for hydro excavation?
There are several uses for hydro excavation. Some of these include debris removal, digging in cold weather, digging in remote locations, and slot trenching.
Debris removal - in nature, soil can stop a variety of structures from working properly. To successfully get rid of unwanted debris and dirt, hydro excavation is used in a process known as debris removal. Using this methods to get rid of unwanted debris is relatively non-destructive.
Digging in areas of existing underground utilities - oftentimes, hydro excavation needs to be done in a tight area where water lines, cable lines, and other utility lines are present. Since hydro excavation is non-destructive, it is often used when damages to these lines would be expensive
and inconvenient for residents.
Slot trenching - this process involves digging in places where new cable lines and pipes will eventually go. One reason hydro excavation is used to do this, as opposed to other traditional digging methods, is because it can be done in cold weather and is extremely efficient in saving time and money.
What is a hydro vac?
A hydro vac is a piece of equipment that uses high-pressure water to cut and liquefy the soil, while simultaneously using high volume to remove the soil from the excavation. Both fresh water and soil from the excavation are contained in the typically mounted unit.
The hydrovac is used in the industrial and residential excavation world over traditional digging methods because it is more efficient and accurate. Hydrovac is used for underground utility location and installation, to get rid of debris and dirt, and slot trenching, among other things.
Hydrovac can also be used commercially to clean up spills and other materials. While residential, it can be used to clean grease traps and other material from construction sites. It's fast, safe, low cost, and effective.
What are the benefits of hydro excavation?
Hydro excavation brings dozens of benefits to the industrial excavation world. It's the most preferred method of digging because of its low cost, efficient and accurate results.
The primary benefit of hydro excavation is that it provides damage and safety control when compared with mechanical digging methods. Since it is so accurate, it limits accidents and injuries for workers. Also, at the end of the day it does a better and safer job at digging.
Using hydro excavation avoids damage to underground pipes, lines, and cables. This in turn will eliminate all the high expenses needed for repairs and restoration. Having to stop to do fewer repairs means needing less time to get the job done. Interrupted utilities bring inconveniences and high costs. This process of excavation is able to minimize damages.
All these bring long run benefits as well. With the safety risks and repairs lessened, hydro excavation also reduces insurance and liability costs. As this process provides better results, a company's reputation and profitability often increases.
In general, hydro excavation is a method that creates a better service for the customer and that makes life easier for the contractors, customers, and laborers.
What are the cost benefits of hydro excavation?
The process of hydro excavation reduces a lot of unnecessary effects from traditional excavation methods. It provides a more accurate and precise job so damages to the surrounding pipes, utilities and environment are considerably lessened.
In potholing, installation of pipes and cable, or in any excavation job, hydro excavation is able to move the soil accurately. The pipes and underground utilities are avoided by the water, so there will be no leaks or cracks made during the process.
Hydro excavation is also used for landscaping. It does the task delicately, so the surrounding soil is not disturbed. This allows for your landscape to have a stronger foundation.
All these results in fewer repairs and backfilling. The additional expenses for the material and labor of restoration jobs are then avoided. In the long run, using the hydro excavation method if the best choice. It does the job more efficiently than traditional methods as well.
If you're searching for more information about hydro excavation or want to schedule a service, please contact us at Cloud 9 Services, Inc., and one of our expert hydro excavation contractors will be happy to assist you.