When it comes to excavation, underground utilities present a special challenge. A relatively new technology provides a cost-effective and safer alternative to conventional excavation equipment. Hydro excavation utilizes a high-pressure water stream though a hand-held wand, plus high-velocity vacuum, to slurry soil and fill and immediately convey the material to an enclosed debris body on a vacuum truck.
This type of technology is “non-destructive,” meaning that it will not break gas or water lines or cut electrical lines or data cables like a conventional excavator bucket. Also, while using a One Call service to locate buried lines prior to the start of a job is always a good practice, it is not mandated when utilizing hydro excavation. In addition to enhanced safety, hydro excavation also offers the added benefit of having a low impact on the site. Since the removed soil is immediately conveyed into the debris body of the truck, there is never a spoils pile on site which requires subsequent loading onto a dump truck.
Finally, because fewer pieces of equipment are used for the excavation, and since a One Call is not required, underground utility excavation projects can be scheduled more quickly and completed in a shorter period of time, thereby saving money compared to conventional excavation. Koberlein Environmental owns and operates a 2100 Series Vactor Truck with hydro excavation capabilities.
We have provided hydro excavation services to mid-stream gas companies, pipe line companies, utility site contractors, home-owners associations, and Public Works departments. Contact us if you have a challenging underground utility excavation project. We would be pleased to discuss in detail the benefits of hydro excavation as they relate to your job, as well as quote your project.
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