Hydrovac Daylighting Can Cut the Job Time in Half

If your next project includes a lot of daylighting work, get it done faster with hydrovac excavation. It can cut down on the expected completion time when you need to:

Hydrovac Daylighting Can Cut the Job Time in Half

1. Find the orientation of the pipes and buried cables.

When there are houses and structures in the middle of open spaces, it can be hard to get started. You need to know the direction of the pipes and the wiring, and it’s not always clear. Hydrovac wands can search for the lines quickly and without damaging them.

2. Track down old, unmapped utilities.

Some developments won’t have complete records. But a hydrovac team can quickly find where those utility lines were buried underground. They can also quickly uncover whole lengths of the system if you’re expanding it to reach new developments.

3. Excavate around fixtures instead of removing or damaging them.

If your team needs to fix some of the underground wiring belonging to a lamp post or a stop light, getting to those wires can be impossible with traditional tools. Digging to find the exact connections can either rip through the wires or damage the post. But hydrovac daylighting reveals the wires without any damage.

4. Keep going in freezing cold weather.

Once the ground freezes over, mechanical digging tools won’t be as effective. The ground can also get so hard it rips through delicate installations as you pull it up. But hydrovac excavation can use heated water on the frozen ground. Not only does that cut through the dirt without hurting the utilities, but it also softens the ground as it goes.

5. Get done with work in tight spaces.

There’s not always room for a backhoe. But hydrovac hand-held wands can get into tight spaces and remove dirt with precision. Whether the project is in a tight corner or you need to minimize disruption to meet a deadline, hiring a hydrovac team to handle the daylighting can get it done.

Contact our team at 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating to schedule a time or learn more.

The Benefit of Daylighting

The process known as daylighting uses a hydro excavator to safely open up underground pipes or utility lines. Nowadays it’s the preferred technique in urban locations or in areas with complex pipework. Here’s how the process works. It’s easy as 1 – 2 – 3! First, air and water pressure expose the pipes. Then, a hose removes the debris (including but not limited to frozen ground or clay) into a storage tank. Finally, the work area is safe and clear!

The Benefit of Daylighting

Another benefit of this process is a dramatic decrease in downtime, sometimes no longer than ten minutes. Saving so much time means far less risk of losses or collateral damage. Previously these excavations were accomplished by hand, a slow task that could damage wires and lines, or by a backhoe, which was faster yet unwieldy and still hazardous.

Hydro excavation is a great option and very cost-effective. The losses it avoids is no small feat. One estimation determined that outages can cost up to $5,600 per minute! Not only that, there is the intangible cost of poor publicity and losing public trust. Many people rely on these services and not being able to restore them in a timely manner could lead to a public relations disaster. With hydro, however, there is no need to worry!

4 Warriors Hydro Excavating is an experienced, Christian company that can cover all your excavation needs. Don’t hesitate to Contact Us if you have any questions or concerns.

Exposing Buried Utility Lines

Day lighting is the term for exposing utility lines to daylight for the purpose of verifying the exact depth and location of the lines. This is primarily done to avoid hitting these lines with heavy equipment when doing construction in the area.

Exposing Buried Utility Lines

Fast Traditional Method

Traditionally, these lines were dug out by hand. This is a slow labor intensive method, which sometimes results in damage to the line and on rare occasion results in the injury of a person who “finds” it. A backhoe, while faster, is cumbersome to use for this and increases the risk to the utility lines. Not only that, but either of these methods results in a large hole, a big mess, and a huge pile of loose dirt.

Hydro Excavation

Hydro excavation is the process of using pressurized water coupled with a vacuum to dig a small precise hole to find and expose the utility lines. We direct pressurized water into the ground with a hand-held wand, which makes a fairly small hole. A powerful vacuum removes the slurry debris created by the process, which is then deposited in a debris tank.

Low Risk

The lines are found without risk of damage or injury, and the dirt from the process is not sitting there in a heap. Best of all, the hole stays small, so small that the process is also called potholing, because of the small neat pothole-sized opening and the minimal damage to the surrounding area.

At 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating, our professional crew is well-trained in all aspects of day lighting excavation. Please contact us to effectively locate underground utility lines and pipes using our state of the art hydro excavation systems.

Hydro Excavation Technology is Making a Difference

From time to time underground pipes should be examined for cracks and damage. It is impossible to see what is going on underneath the soil, but also very important to know for proper maintenance and upkeep. Therefore a method of revealing these buried pipes to the daylight, otherwise known as “daylighting”, is commonly used. In the past a backhoe or a hand shovel would have been the only choices for this process, often being time-consuming and incurring a hefty cost. But today the technology of hydro excavation is making all the difference!Hydro Excavation Technology is Making a Difference

Expose Underground Utilities in a Controlled Manner

Using pressurized water to remove soil and a vacuum to transport it, hydro excavation is the most cost and time efficient method of daylighting. This is because the process is precise and accurate, eliminating additional costs due to repairs that often occur when heavy machinery is used to expose piping. Hydro excavation also reduces the need for a large crew of workers, keeps congestion at the project site at a minimum, and is environmentally friendly. With less mess, less expense, and less risk of pipe damage, this unique method will exceed your expectations.

Here at 4 Warriors Hydro Excavation we are a family and we aim to take care of your family. Putting a smile on your face is important to us! Just as being the safest, most reliable, and most cost-efficient hydro excavation company is to us. If you find yourself needing to expose underground facilities, please contact us and we will be more than honored to help you with our technology and extensive training!

Daylighting and Line Locating Before Construction On Gas And Oil Facilities

Daylighting is the act of exposing a buried utility or obstruction before proceeding with the rest of an excavation project. It is a safety precaution mandated by most major gas and oil companies when work is performed on their facilities. All utilities in the excavation path must be daylighted and exposed further before proceeding. Now, there are a few ways this can be done.

Daylighting and Line Locating Before Construction On Gas And Oil Facilities

For a time, contractors used backhoes to daylight–but with mixed results. Due to the obvious risk of contact, those same energy companies are now asking that all day lighting be done by hydro excavation or “Suck Trucks” as they are affectionately called throughout the construction industry.

Before daylighting can happen, all utilities must be located by use of above-ground methods–such as radio detection, magnetometers, and ground penetrating radar. Energy companies call these utility locating sessions Four-Way Sweeps. To perform these sweeps, Utility Locators must be Operator Qualified.

Although it is profitable, such rigorous demands make working on pipelines and energy facilities time-consuming.  If you are rewarded a contract on an energy facility, consider 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating. All of our operators are certified and highly qualified. We also offer utility locating services. By combining locating services with excavation, we can save you valuable time and money on your project.

Not only do we understand your schedule, but we understand the energy industry and appreciate their desire for safety; In fact, we share that same desire. Our employees exceed all safety measures given to them, and they are equally devoted to the desires of the customer. Contact us today for a conversation about how we can help with your excavation and utility locating needs.

When and Why Do You Need Hydro Excavation?

Hydro excavationWhen and Why Do You Need Hydro Excavation? may not be a term most people are familiar with until they need it. There are a number of situations that warrant the services of a hydro excavation company, including:

  • Locating underground features like utility lines
  • Installing underground cables, pipes, etc.
  • Removal of underground debris
  • Sump clean out

There are plenty more, but you get the idea. These types of projects have traditionally been done either by hand or by equipment like backhoes and other machinery, but they can cause damage to unseen underground features as well as the environment, not to mention the ever-present risk to workers. And with hydro excavation, freezing temperatures are no problem.

With hydro excavation, highly pressurized water is pumped into the ground while at the same time the “slurry” being created is vacuumed out and into a holding tank. During this procedure, no underground cables, pipes, utility lines or any other features are damaged, eliminating the need for costly and time-consuming repairs, which ultimately result in project delays and missed deadlines.

Why choose 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating over other hydro excavation companies? The answer is simple: we care. We care about you, your project, your land, your family and the environment. We’re a family-owned company that understands the importance of staying within your budget; our goal is not only to meet your expectations, but to exceed them. Our operators, technicians and equipment are the best in the industry, so you will always get our best on your project.

When you need hydro excavation services for your project, contact us to discuss how we can help.

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.