What is hydro excavating?

What is hydro excavating? It is a process of moving soil that is direct, more cost-effective, and that results in less trauma to utility lines. It was invented in Canada as means of excavating frozen dirt for the oil and gas industries, and has since been popularized in the plumbing industry.

It combines high pressure water with a vacuum. The high pressure water breaks up the soil. The vacuum helps remove it. The vacuum is either a positive displacement blower or a fan system. The fan or blower helps lift the broken debris or soil from the area.

A big application of hydro excavation is uncovering utility lines without damage. This lessens risk and keeps utilities going in the midst of construction or a repair.  It also lessens costs involved because a busted utility line is expensive in time, money, and labor to fix.

Because hydro excavation can be used for a very specific type of hole, such as digging a utility pole hole, it makes for less mess and less disruption of any nearby business or traffic. Also, it helps keep damage down during the dig. For example, it keeps any nearby pipes from being punctured. The surrounding soil stays strong and compact, thus preventing collapses.

It is a preferred  manner of digging due to its many benefits. It is more economical, more precise, less intrusive, less expensive, allows for fewer problems and is safer than older processes of dirt and debris removal. It is better for customers, workers, and contractors alike.

If you have any kind of plumbing problem where you know there are utility lines involved or if you need minimal disruption to a work area, contact us. We have ample experience in hydro excavating, and can help you achieve your objectives in an efficient manner. We are drain and sewer cleaning experts with over 75 years of experience. Contact us today.