An Overview of Hydro Excavating

Hydro-excavation is one of the most common sense ways of accomplishing one of the most basic of man’s activities, digging a hole! In ancient times, most of our holes were small. Perhaps we were digging for roots that we could use as food to feed our families or perhaps we were digging a hole in the side of a cliff so that we could have temporary shelter. As the times we live in have become more complex, however, so have the ways we utilize holes.

Hydro Excavating: An Overview

Holes serve as the basis for almost every construction project and hydro-excavation is one of the most eco-friendly and time-effective ways of digging them. Whether you are digging a hole for the installation of utility posts, building the family home or constructing a high-rise building, hydro-excavation should be one of your number one choices in terms of methodologies. It can replace most of the noisy and ground-jarring types of other equipment that are commonly employed in the field.

Hydro-excavation is about as natural of a process as there is in the construction field. One has only to watch the waters of a stream slowly work away expanding and changing its sides to witness the power of water. Ecologically, we would call that process stream erosion. In construction, we call what amounts to basically that same process, by a simpler term. That term is “smart.” In effect, what that stream is doing is hydro excavating soils to suit its purpose.

I’ll never forget the time my young daughter came into the house with tears in her eyes because she said the water garden hose had crawled down a hole and she could not get it out! When we went outside to determine what she was talking about, we discovered that the hose was indeed embedded in a hole, embedded so deeply that even us adults couldn’t pull it out! We were living in Florida at the time and the sandy soil and the unattended hose had combined to perform a feat that seemed almost supernatural! Basically, however, that is what hydro-excavation is. Not supernatural in any sense of the word, but a very effective and quiet way to dig holes!

We have specialized equipment that pressurizes the water. Then we carefully put that water to work digging the hole so that it meets the precise criteria you have specified. Simultaneous to digging, we are at work pumping out the excess water and soil and storing it cleanly and efficiently in a large tank. Later, according to your preference, we can use it for irrigation and fill either right on site or at another location.

Contact us and let us tell you more about the benefits of hydro-excavation, about its reliability, its safety, and its cost effectiveness! Go ahead and use a shovel to dig those holes to plant your rose bushes but if you are thinking a little larger in scale, we will be glad to do the job for you!

Advantages of Vacuum Excavation

The process of vacuum excavation is a process wherein an excavating test hole is compressed with a great deal of air in order to loosen the dirt.  A system is used to take in the soil by way of a tank.  The procedure is considered a safe technique and is, relatively-speaking, one of the safest methods of excavating.  It is used as a way to properly expose a utility.  Many companies involved in excavation have made use of the process.  It is a fact, that most companies making use of air vacuuming have reported a high success ratio.  Many excavations have been executed where the utility underneath the ground has not received any damage whatsoever.

Advantages of Vacuum Excavation

The equipment used includes a source for the power, air and vacuum systems, tanks for the soil, demolition and drilling tools which are driven by air, and, naturally, control systems.  The components housed on the air vacuum truck are safely mounted.

The advantages of what is termed as test pitting, also known as vacuum excavation are numerous.  Test pitting is the way excavation companies expose a utility.  The list below provides the reader with the advantages of vacuum excavation pertinent to verification.

  • One feature, and pointed out above, is that the utility receives no damage whatsoever.
  • Secondly, no moving parts make contact with the utility being exposed.
  • The process is usable on all utilities.  Utilities where vacuum excavations are used include:  gas, thermal distribution systems, water, power, and communications inclusive of fiber optics.
  • A small hole used in the process is standard.  The hole measures only twelve inches by twelve inches.
  • Vacuum excavation, by its very nature, is far less disruptive and is relative to a much safer and cleaner work site.
  • The cleaner, quieter method of vacuum excavation makes the entire environment free of traffic congestion.
  • The process allows for an easy patch–either permanent or temporary.
  • Due to its simplicity, vacuum excavation provides the client with a very cost-effective means of exposing a utility.

The application in way of vacuum test pitting for verification of a utility is practical during the design stage as well as the planning stage.  Critical information is obtainable, necessary for proper design and project planning. The process provides a reduction of undue surprises.    In turn, delays during the phase of construction are minimized as well as associated costs.

Utilities which conflict with new installations are moved successfully and placed in service prior to construction.  The proposed design, additionally, is changeable in order to correspond properly with conditions verified within the field.

When the depth of a utility is not properly determined during the design phase, then making use of vacuum testing, during construction, serves as a preventative measure in that it blocks cost-prohibitive damage to occur to the existing utilities.    There are advantages, too, of using vacuum test pitting during the construction phase:

  • The vacuum excavation procedure is a safe way to expose a utility just as it is safe during the verification phase
  • The utility suffers no damage from the process;
  • It is possible to expose the utility, prior to excavation of it, with a backhoe or a trencher
  • The utilities can be verified and profiled prior to boring operations.

In order to get the ball rolling, it makes sense to get a hold of professionals.  Interested parties will wish to contact us  in order to attain more details about the operational aspects of vacuum excavation.

Hydro Excavation Can Ensure A Safe Dig At Your Job Site

When performing any type of job, safety is the number one priority to keep workers and bystanders free from danger or harm. Uncovering underground cables or utilities with heavy machinery is one such job that has the potential of being very dangerous. Read the information below to learn how a dedicated and reliable company can safely perform this job at your work site.

When using heavy equipment to dig underground, there’s always the possibility that the machinery will hit a buried cable, pipe or utility. This action can potentially cause a fire or explosion and injure those who are nearby. To complete this job safely and successfully, companies or individuals should contact an experienced company that specializes in hydro excavating and industrial vacuum services.

When employing hydro excavating services to uncover buried utilities and cables, trained professionals use pressurized water to wash away dirt and debris that surrounds underground pipes and utilities. When the high-powered water stream knocks the dirt and debris loose, an industrial vacuum hose draws the debris into a holding tank. The debris inside the tank is later transported to an approved location for dumping.

4 Warriors Hydro Excavating recently excavated under existing lines in Gillett, Texas. This allowed our to customer to run new gas lines into the facility and eliminated the potential for line strikes inside of an H2S facility.

Hydro Excavation Can Ensure A Safe Dig At Your Job Site 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating recently excavated under existing lines in Gillett, Texas

When you need professional hydro excavation services, including potholing, trenching, day lighting or industrial vacuuming, contact us for more information or for an estimate. We are a family owned company with Christian values and we strive to offer the best service that’s cost-effective, reliable and safe.

Hydro Excavating Saves Trees

Trees have many positive impacts on both the environment and on landscape aesthetics. They absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide as well as harmful gasses such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide. They provide shade in the summer and cool the surrounding air through evaporation. Their presence has a stress relieving effect on most people and they enhance the beauty of both residential and private property.

Trees also enhance property real estate values. They make rental property more attractive to tenants. This is why you shouldn’t take lightly any ground excavation work done around the trees on your property. Damaging the roots is harmful and potentially fatal to trees because they use them for water and nutrient absorption and for structural stability.

Hydro excavatingHydro Excavating Saves Trees is used for safely digging in the vicinity of underground plumbing, electrical lines, and optical cables. It uses water under pressure to loosen soil which is immediately sucked out along with the water with a vacuum pipe. Likewise, hydro excavating is safer for tree root systems when digging holes and trenches near trees.

There is no reason to take out a tree, relocate it, or risk damage to its roots with mechanical digging methods. If you have large beautiful trees on your property, consider that they take between 10 to 30 years to reach their full size. This is a long time to wait because of root damage caused by excavation work. Even if a tree survives root damage, its ability to absorb water and nutrients from the ground is weakened. This in turn stunts the tree’s growth and makes it more vulnerable to disease.

When you need to have excavation work done, protect the environment, your property value, and enjoyment of your property by hiring hydro excavation professionals for the job. 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating has the expertise for the job without damaging the landscape of your commercial or residential property. For more information, contact us.

Hydro Excavating Embraces National Safe Digging Month

Hydro Excavating Embraces National Safe Digging MonthApril 2016 marks the return of a very important, national observation. It’s Safe Digging Month and all of us here at 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating wanted to take a moment and discuss digging safety. Originally designed to highlight dangers in the pipeline industry, it has since morphed to include digging in other industries. Plus, it serves as a good reminder to residential property owners too.

Hydro excavating is one of the safest ways to dig that our family knows of and we’d heartily recommend it to everyone that needs to reach below the earth’s surface. What makes it safer than just grabbing a shovel or renting a backhoe? For one, it avoids the need for large, search holes. And as we all know, holes pose fall risks as well as help to make the ground temporarily unstable. Also, they may inadvertently trap wildlife and capture standing water. Standing water, of course, creates dangers of its own.

Dangerous holes are just the beginning. Hydro excavating keeps people and machines from cutting into dangerous materials. For example, it can safely identify pipes used to transport raw sewage, natural gas, petroleum and chemical plant waste from place to place. Plus, it can just as easily locate minor things like residential irrigation pipes, termite treatment lines and underground cables. What else can hydro excavating do to ensure digging safety?

Once underground obstacles have been identified, they may be mapped for future reference. So after catastrophic events like earthquakes and sink holes, the maps may help area managers protect residents and plan rebuilds. They can also make relocating or adding various resources to storm damaged areas easier too. For instance, after flooding managers may need to dig a diversion channel to prevent further drowning deaths.

To learn more about safe digging and how hydro excavation is key to its continued execution, please contact us today.

Daylighting Services May Help Utility Companies and Customers Save

Daylighting Services May Help Utility Companies and Customers SaveWhen utility services go down, even for only an hour, many people panic. This tends to be true whether we’re talking about HVAC related power, cable or the internet and it’s easy to understand why. People rely on those services for their businesses, entertainment, comfort and communication. So time spent without them frequently comes with a steep a price for consumers.

How steep a price? Historically, it could cost corporations thousands. Check out some of the previously recorded losses in InformationWeek magazine. It’s staggering and make no mistakes about it. Utility downtimes may be costly for service providers too, especially if disgruntled consumers take to social media with their complaints. For an indication, just take a look at coverage of outages that took place in 2015.

Utilizing daylighting services is one way to significantly limit downtime. It some cases, it may uncover damaged lines in 10 minutes or less. As such, repair crews may finish quickly, thereby reducing a variety of potential losses not to mention unfavorable media attention. And as for the cost of hiring daylighting crews, it is negligible when compared to the financial implications of the other scenarios we described.

Would you like to know how negligible? If so, please contact 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating today. We can show you firsthand how daylighting excavation improves bottom lines. Also, our family of experts is willing to answer questions about other cost-saving services that may help.

Safety When Potholing For Speed and Accuracy

Potholing For Speed and AccuracyBefore the recent holiday season, the City of El Paso closed off a major street for a little under a week for pre-construction activities. The city’s Streetcar Project called for the utility company to relocate utility services. First, the utility company had to make sure they knew where those utilities were located.

This tedious process is expedited through the use of hydro vacuum and excavation equipment. How does this work?

  • The surface layer is removed with help from a jackhammer.
  • Soil, gravel and fill are pushed free and made loose by focused water sprays.
  • The spray, gravel, soil and fill are immediately excavated with vacuum power, leaving little disruption to surrounding areas.
  • Exposed pipes are mapped with highly accurate GPS systems.
  • Since the gravel, soil and spray were vacuumed into a sealed container, it is available to readily backfill the pothole.
  • The hole is refilled and patched.

The entire process is an efficient, economical way to prep an area for construction. With little to no damage of surrounding areas, minimal ground disruption and accurate mapping there is no need to go back and repair the area. For high-traffic or congested areas, minimal disruption translates to happier clients, commuters and others who use the area.

For major projects, the quicker and more accurate the prep work the less likely the project will falter at later stages. It may be a tedious step but potholing correctly the first time around is a very important step in the process.

If you still find the idea of drilling into perfectly good surfaces simply to get a better idea of underground utility locations a frustrating step in the construction process then you should consider hydroexcavation potholing techniques.

For more information about efficient geo-location and smooth potholing for your upcoming construction project, please contact us.

Potholing: The Best First Step for Your Next Project

Potholing: The Best First Step for Your Next ProjectWhat is potholing and why does every design build project need this service?

Potholing is the process of using a hydro-excavator to dig holes in order to locate utilities or any other structure underground. This is vitally important to complete before any construction project involving underground work begins. The beauty of potholing over other standard measures is the ability to dig deeper faster without leaving a gaping hole to fill.

The general public is more aware than in years past of the need for this service due to the catchy “call before you dig” commercials. It is necessary for both the average homeowner wanting to plant a tree to the biggest construction company building a high rise. No one wants a devastating accident or the expense of damaged utilities.

Why should you contact us for your potholing needs? Some of the benefits of calling 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating for this project are:

  • Professional attention that will be efficient and time conscience
  • We can dig deeper, faster without causing excessive damage to the yard or above ground surface.
  • Eliminates the dangers of damage done by metal scoop excavators.

The value of potholing is not limited to home improvement projects or large construction sites. Potholing is also very useful when placing a utility pole in the ground. Homeowners can use this service when adding security lighting to the perimeter of their property.

At 4 Warriors, we are committed to exceeding highest your expectations. Give us all call; we will be happy to come out and give you a free estimate.

Choose the Right Excavation Company

Choose the Right Excavation CompanyAs our country’s numbers continue to climb, there is an increased need to shore up existing infrastructure. In some instances, that “shoring up” may ultimately turn into expansion projects and new builds, like what’s happening in Houston, TX. For example, there are a multitude of roadways set to be widened in Fort Bend and Galveston Counties. And others are due for renovations throughout Texas. Of course before any time of shoring up or expansion can take place, there must be time for excavation services.

Houston Hydro Excavation Services

When it comes to busy thoroughfares, like the North Houston Corridor and Woodlands Parkway, tackling excavation services
use to be difficult. The impact on commuters, residents, businesses and utility companies all had to be considered carefully. Oftentimes, these various needs conflicted and unexpected problems would arise due to delays and broken utility lines. But advancements in excavation services have largely ensured that such problems remain at bay.

Cumbersome backhoes and hand-held shovels have previously been used to spot check for underground utilities. Although they are still used today, most people favor potholing and vacuum excavation services. To learn more about choosing the right excavation company for specific road widening projects, please contact us today.

2016 First Quarter Projects on the Agenda? Schedule Excavation Services Now

2016 First Quarter Projects on the Agenda? Schedule Excavation Services NowIt’s the start of a new fiscal year and that means it won’t be long before the heavy equipment starts rolling. Of course with all the earth moving activity come concerns about public safety. No one wants to be the company or municipality worker responsible for accidentally cutting into a utility line. This is particularly true due to the nature of the season.

After all, leaving people without heat and lights in the dead of winter is more than just an inconvenience. It has the potential to be downright deadly. That’s simply one reason excavation services are vital to the success of any first quarter project. In addition, it may keep overall costs low, eliminate on-the-job accidents and thereby reduce workmen’s compensation claims.

Which excavation services are needed for first quarter project completion? Obviously, they’ll vary by job so it’s best to hire a well-rounded company from the get go. At 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating, we know a little something about being well-rounded and as such, may be able to provide project managers with much-needed assistance.

To begin with, our suite of excavation services includes general trenching, potholing and daylighting. We are also equipped to handle industry specific needs. For example, let’s say the goal is to convert a section of long, unused land in to manmade wetlands, nature trails and play areas for a community’s residents. The land in question is currently overgrown and old, city blueprints indicate that at one time, underground utility lines may have run through the area.

We have experience working with environmental firms, municipalities, Federal and State agencies. Accordingly, we have no problem adhering to eco-friendly regulations, building codes, shoestring budgets and construction deadlines. And our excavation services are tailor-made for uncovering hidden lines. To learn more and request assistance for projects in early 2016, please contact us now.