What is Daylighting Excavation?

What is Daylighting Excavation?Daylighting excavation is the process of safely exposing utility lines or underground pipes to daylight using a hydro-vacuum excavator. In the past, utility lines and pipes were exposed by hand digging, which is a painstakingly slow process and places the worker in danger if he should inadvertently hit a power line with his shovel. Often a backhoe was also used, but the backhoe method is clumsy and can damage lines and wires. In daylight excavation, the use of a hydro-vacuum excavator quickly and safely removes the debris to locate and expose the pipes or utility lines.

The vacuum excavator works in a wide variety of soils and conditions such as clay, rocky substrate and frozen ground. It exposes the pipes and utilities by using a combination of pressure, water, and air. It then sucks up the slurry debris material utilizing a large attached hose. A mobile evacuation storage tank stores the slurry debris and hauls it away for later disposal.

Daylighting excavation is a highly successful way to expose utility lines and pipes without damage. It has quickly become the preferred method in urban areas with excessive infrastructure. The process can also be used to expose only a small section of pipe or lines to evaluate them for cracks, leaks or damage. When only a small area is excavated with hydro-vacuum excavation it is commonly referred to as “daylight potholing.”

Our professional crew at 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating are trained in all aspects of daylighting excavation. Please contact us to effectively locate underground utility lines and pipes using our state of the art hydro-vacuum excavation systems. We have worked on a wide array of projects such as refineries, substations, and even nuclear facilities.

Three Facts You Should Know About Hydro Excavating

Three Facts You Should Know About Hydro ExcavatingYou may not know all there is to know about hydro excavating, so we rounded up three facts to get you started:

1. Hydro Excavation is Precise

Hydro excavation uses high-pressure water and suction to create openings in the earth. The result is a slurry of water and earth that is suctioned into a holding tank.

Since the high-pressure water is intense and focused, the result is a highly precise excavation. Backhoes and cats have to navigate around piles of dirt. This heavy equipment can ruin the surrounding area.

Hydro excavation works extremely well in rain gardens, parks or areas in need of drainage sumps and trenches. Small slits and trenches are excavated without damaging the surrounding area.

2. Hydro Excavation is Efficient

Probably the most amazing aspect of hydro excavation is the speed at which the intense streams of water impact the area and suck away dirt. What can take days of digging takes hours with hydro excavation.

Aside from the time saved, hydro excavation is efficient because it can handle a variety of soil types, from clay to sand. Additionally, hydro excavation maintains its efficiency even in freezing temperatures.

3. Hydro Excavation is Non-Destructive

As mentioned earlier, hydro excavation is precise and won’t damage the surrounding area. Hydro excavation will also prevent damage underground. Unlike metal shovels or claws, high pressure water does not damaged coaxial cables, pipes or other underground utilities. This is especially helpful if you are unsure of what is beneath the soil.

Hydro excavation services can assist you in locating utilities should you need to make any repairs.

To talk more about your interests in hydro excavation services, then please Contact Us. Thanks.

The Advantages of Hydro Excavation Techniques

When it comes to excavation services, hydro excavation is perhaps the most misunderstood. However, the advantages of hydro excavation benefit all businesses. Here are a few of the top advantages.

The Advantages of Hydro Excavation Techniques

Immediate Risk Reduction

Moving large amounts of soil through traditional force methods causes undue strain on the piping and the infrastructure of surrounding buildings. There are also many mechanical concerns with traditional excavation techniques. Hydro excavation lowers the risk for the surrounding community as well as the risk for the construction workers who are actually performing the excavation.

Cost-Effective Hydro Excavation

Hydro excavation is a low-cost method when compared to traditional excavation methods. Because the process only water and an air vacuum, the effects to the surrounding environment are virtually nonexistent. Because the risk of damage to the surrounding environment goes down, insurance companies offer better rates to excavation companies that are using hydro excavation. Savings from the reduced insurance rates are usually passed along to the customer.

Precision Excavating

There are actually situations in which additional excavation techniques cannot be used. Very precise construction projects require precision excavation technique. The much cleaner and more precise direction of Hydro excavation ensures that even the most delicate operations complete themselves while remaining compliant with federal regulation and municipal law. Hydro excavation also requires less backfilling and additional repair after the excavation completes itself.

Feel free to contact us concerning safe and cost-effective excavation services. As a Christian, family owned company, we pride ourselves on bringing a positive experience to your business and to your life.