Did you know that the advanced hydro excavation method is a far better way to move dirt? If you haven’t heard of it or are unsure how it works and what it does, please keep reading. We’re here to explain the advanced hydro excavation method to you, but first here’s a brief history of excavation.
People have been excavating using the same old method since the dawn of time? In essence, you dig a hole, place a structure within that hole, and then backfill the hole. That’s a whole lot of work for something so basic.
Way back in the day, the holes were dug with human labor using shovels, picks, and pick axes. It’s still used today in many applications. If you’ve ever dug a hole in the ground by hand than you know that it’s back breaking work. So, in 1882 Sir G.W. Armstrong invented the first excavation machine in England. It utilized water for the hydraulic digging function. Although it was far better than digging by hand, the machine was considered to be inefficient because the hydraulics weren’t powerful enough.
So, a new system replaced the water with all-hydraulic cylinders in 1897. This new machine had a few new components that were able to deliver far more power. The evolution of the machine-powered excavator had begun. To this day, excavation machines work on the same basic principle. Although there have been advancements through the years, they still use a lot of fuel and take a lot of time to get the job done. In addition, excavators are dangerous and expensive to operate. So, a better solution was invented about 30 years ago.
Hydro excavation is a technologically advanced process that significantly cuts down on fuel, man-hours, machine power, time, and of course money. The process can do ten times the amount of work in a fraction of the time. It only takes a vacuum truck, water source, and one or two technicians to complete the job. Here’s how hydro excavation works. Highly pressurized water is sprayed at the area of the ground that requires excavation. The water turns the dirt into sludge.
The vacuum truck removes the sludge. What’s left behind is a hole that’s so precise it does not need much if any backfill. Think of it like a laser cutting an accurate piece from a sheet of metal. The sludge is temporarily stored in the tank of the vacuum truck until it can be properly disposed of. If you want to save time, money, and cut down on the danger at your next job site, give the advanced hydro excavation a try.
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