Traditional heavy equipment like backhoes or shovels poses the risk of exposing or damaging existing underground pipes, sewers, and cables. However, hydro excavation vacuum trucks offer a non-mechanical, less invasive alternative.
This technique uses suction and pressurized water to turn stiff dirt into a slurry that’s sucked into debris tanks for disposal. It offers several advantages for construction projects:
In addition to preventing job site damage, this technology minimizes the risk of exposing or damaging buried infrastructure like natural gas lines, electrical cables, and water pipes. Damaged utilities can result in expensive repairs, lost construction time, and potential job site disruptions that negatively impact project timelines.
Unlike traditional backhoes and shovels, hydro excavation vacuum machines simultaneously use pressurized water and industrial strength vacuum to excavate and remove debris. That makes it less physically strenuous and hazardous for workers.
It’s still essential to follow all safety precautions, especially when working near overhead wires. Workers could get seriously injured if they come into contact with an electric line while using the equipment. Keeping the boom away from overhead utility lines is one way to help prevent this. In addition, a worker should complete a confined space entry evaluation before operating the equipment. Ensures they are prepared for any incidents that may occur.
In addition to making the process safer for construction crews, vacuum excavation also improves efficiency. Manual digging with backhoes can damage underground pipes, resulting in costly line strikes that can put construction projects on hold. Vacuum excavation prevents this from happening because it uses water and air pressure instead of mechanical machinery.
The pressurized water stream and vacuum system expose underground pipes long before traditional digging equipment would. It can save time and money on a project because contractors don’t need to spend extra money on repairs or hire outside workers to do the job.
Additionally, hydro-vac trucks are known for their efficient resource utilization. Because they rely on water and vacuuming, they use less energy than heavy excavation machinery. It can also reduce dumping fees, which further helps to save money. Contractors are starting to prefer technology that can dry the dirt and debris collected by vacuums. It allows them to reuse it on their next project without purchasing or renting additional storage tanks for the material.
Unlike traditional digging methods that damage underground pipes, hydro excavation does not cause any damage. It supports damage control and saves time and money on repair costs.
This process uses water to break up the ground soil before being sucked into a tank. It allows the team to quickly clean up the debris after a dig without having to haul and dispose of wet dirt piles that slow down construction.
Another advantage of hydro vacuum excavation is that it’s a localized process, meaning the crew can focus on the areas they want to work in. It eliminates the need to shuffle equipment and trucks around the construction site, which helps reduce the risk of injuries and accidents on-site.
In addition, the wet soil that’s vacuumed up can be used as backfill, reducing the need to transport and dispose of mud. It also helps the crew to avoid environmental fines for contaminating waterways and other ecosystems.
Vacuum excavation is a non-destructive method that allows workers to dig a hole precisely where it needs to be without damaging buried infrastructure. It is advantageous when working near existing lines that could cause a costly interruption in service.
It is also helpful when a job site has limited space to work. That is because the hydro excavator’s vacuum truck can manoeuvre in areas that are difficult to access with traditional heavy equipment.
It is more efficient and safer than manual digging or backhoes for many construction projects. It reduces the chances of damage to underground pipes, which can be expensive and time-consuming. It also helps avoid disruptions to traffic. The slurry-like dirt can be easily removed and stored in debris tanks to keep the work area clean and safe. That is particularly important when working in urban areas with high traffic or pedestrian volume. Moreover, it is ideal for installing pipes, cables, electric poles, slot trenching, and potholing.