Air & Hydro Excavation

If your company is involved in digging operations in any way, you probably use or could benefit from air or hydro excavation services. ERC performs both air excavation and hydro excavation, which are among some of the safest ways to remove soil and dirt for construction purposes.

What Are Air & Hydro Excavation?

Air and hydro excavation allow you to remove soil and dirt as needed while minimizing your risk of damaging utility lines or other structures under the ground. Air excavation works by using very highly pressurized air in a jet to break up soil, which we then remove with an air vacuum service. The air affects soil, sand, rocks and gravel without damaging power lines or other utility cables that may be embedded in the soil.

Hydro excavation is a similar process, but using pressurized water instead of air. Similarly, a hydro-vacuum service is used to suck up all the hydro excavation waste as you go, transferring the soil and dirt into a tank for disposal later. Many operations prefer hydro excavation because it is more powerful, more precise and therefore faster. Air excavation, on the other hand, is less messy and less likely to damage sensitive underground cables or structures.

Why Choose ERC for Air and Hydro Excavation?

There are other excavation and vacuum truck companies that can provide you with the equipment you need to perform air and hydro excavation, but ERC is a full-service excavation and waste disposal company. We offer both vacuum truck services and vacuum truck waste disposal. We can provide you with the equipment to excavate the dirt from your site, and we can then deal with the soil and debris tank, safely disposing of your excavation waste.

Furthermore, we offer environmental vacuum services, which means we always make an effort to dispose of your vacuumed-up soil, sand and other debris in the most sustainable way possible. We are an industry leader when it comes to environmentally-friendly waste disposal solutions, so you can use our services with the peace of mind of knowing your excess soil will end up somewhere it can do the most good, not filling up a landfill or dumped in some other non-ecologically-responsible location.

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Starting An Excavation Project

When 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.

ERC Promise

We are committed to providing turn-key, environmentally sound waste management solutions using the latest technologies to help our customers meet their sustainability goals.

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Contact ERC for Air and Hydro Excavation Services in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Beyond Now

As one of the biggest industrial waste processors in the Mid-Atlantic region, ERC can also be your air and hydro excavation, waste disposal and vacuum services provider. From our main locations in Lancaster, PA, and Baltimore, MD, we have spread all over PA, MD, NY, NJ, DE, VA, WV and Washington D.C. with our various sustainable waste removal services for companies large and small.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can put our environmental vacuum services and other waste management services to work for you and your company, our experts are waiting to talk to you. Just submit our simple inquiry form online or call us at 1-833-342-5372 today to get started.

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.