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What Is Hydrovac (Hydro Excavation)
February 21, 2022

What is Hydro Excavation?

Using pressurized water instead of tools, hydro excavation cuts through soil and breaks it up into manageable pieces. An air conveyance or a vacuum then lifts the slurry from the excavation area, transferring the debris to a tank.

Hydro excavation is now the most preferred method of digging for several reasons, including its efficiency. The process also provides for better damage and safety control compared to mechanical methods. Its pinpoint accuracy limits accidents and injuries for labourers as well as other people, and it’s also fast and cost-effective. Finally, it simply does a better job of digging.


men placing hydro excavator pipe into the ground

So Which Industries Are a Good Fit for Hydro Excavation?


Underground utilities are needed for almost every kind of establishment, and pipelines and sewers are mostly installed underground. To install these, soil obviously needs to be excavated, hauled and restored, quickly and efficiently.


Commercial establishments, industrial facilities and residential homes cannot begin construction if the ground is not properly excavated. Excavation sites can be huge, and the needed digging can be time-consuming and worker-intensive if done by other methods.


To beautify any area, precision removal of unwanted soil is key, and digging carelessly can damage any surrounding soil and plants. By using hydro excavation for landscaping, accurate excavation is done so the surrounding soil is not disturbed. The soil stays compact and strong while the necessary removal is completed.


Hydro excavation can be used for line, sign and pole location and installation. It is also used for potholing or daylighting. It allows for less congestion and traffic in the excavation area because the equipment can be positioned at a distance.


If you’d like to learn more about how Valley Waste & Recycling’s hydro excavation can help you or your business, get in touch!