workersWhen starting a modern day digging project, it is crucial to factor in utility lines and pipelines into your digging plan. If you’re looking for an excavation solution that’s safe, cost effective, and doesn’t risk damaging utility lines, air and hydro excavation are the best ways to go. ERC offers these two excavation methods as the ideal way for any digging project to safely work around utility lines. Find out more about the two methods, what their benefits are, and learn which method best fits your needs.

Want to utilize ERC’s air and hydro excavation? Learn more about our safe excavation options today.

Air Excavation

Air Lance Excavation uses compressed air to produce a high-speed laser like jet to break up soil and aid in rapid digging. It’s paired with a powerful vacuum that simultaneously removes soil, gravel, sand, and small rocks from the dig site. The equipment provides a safe alternative to traditional soil-excavation methods that may puncture or damage sensitive underground utilities.

There are a number of benefits to using air excavation including:

  • Reduced risk to utility lines
  • Air is endless and doesn’t need to be refilled
  • Use of air means less mess
  • The process is more environmentally friendly
  • More cost effective

Air Excavation Applications

ERC’s Air Lance Excavation equipment is ideal for small diameter, deep excavation projects/jobs, and trenches where large excavation equipment may not be safe or practical. Air excavation is ideal when you want as little mess as possible on the site.

Hydro Excavation

Hydro Vacuum Excavation is a way to precisely dig by using pressurized water to loosen the soil. A vacuum is then used to transfer the soil and debris into a tank. The use of water helps reduce the soils holding strength which allows the soil to be broken up and suctioned out of the hole easily. When excavating frozen ground, hot water can be used to thaw and cut through the frozen ground.

There are a number of benefits to using hydro excavation including:

  • The process is faster
  • It’s less invasive and leaves nature with minimal disturbance
  • Digging can be done with higher precision
  • Less manpower is needed compared to traditional digging methods
  • Hydro excavation is safer and cost effective

Hydro Excavation Applications

Numerous jobs can benefit from the use of hydro excavation. It is ideal for any digging job that needs to work around utility lines. It has been commonly used for line, sign, and pole installation and location. It has also been used for potholing because it causes less traffic congestion. Pipe and sewer rehabilitation would also benefit from this method of excavation because it reduces the risk of damaging or puncturing the pipes.

Creating Safe Solutions for You

Find out how your next project can benefit from the use of air or hydro excavation. Contact ERC today to learn more.