Hydro excavation is today’s most popular method of moving or removing soil from an industrial or municipal site. While it might seem lofty to some, it is actually very simple in principle and provides multiple benefits to projects and people. Below is a basic explanation of hydro excavation and what it has to offer.
What Is Hydro Excavation?
As mentioned above, hydro excavation is the moving or removal of dirt from a construction site. Hydro excavators use pressurized water to move the soil, while an air vacuum sucks up the debris into a mobilized tank. One can trace back this invention to the mid-1800s, when California miners used water to aid in their work. This was called hydraulic mining. Starting from the mid-1900s onward, the technology became what it looks like today and has ever since improved its precision and cleanness. Today, it is highly popular throughout North America for numerous construction projects.
How It Works
To remove the sludge from the site, one can use either a fan system or a positive displacement blower for the vacuum. The fan system is lightweight, easy to control, and can move massive amounts of air at once. A positive displacement blower is more powerful and can blow air to greater distances, but creates a slower excavation process.
One of hydro excavation’s most common applications is construction. Before the construction of any building, the utilities such as power, sewer, and plumbing must go down. It is also useful in laying down phone lines and installing road signs and electricity poles. One can also use it in potholing or daylighting, the uncovering of underground utilities for maintenance or repair. Other applications include road construction, pipe and sewer cleaning, and landscaping.
Benefits of Hydro Excavation
Hydro excavation is the most popular excavation technology today for its precision, power, and safety. Operators do not have to risk injuries from machines or debris, allowing them to operate on safe ground. In time, this means lower insurance and liability rates! With its controlled pressure, one can accurately remove dirt without damaging utilities or disturbing the landscape while still digging adequately. For you, that means better performance, heightened reputation, and lower costs overall!
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