Utility line locating is one of the many functions hydro excavation is capable of performing. Underground utility networks are complex wiring systems, that from time to time malfunction or need to undergo a maintenance check. Aging infrastructure networks in New England are a good example to consider where repair work is an ongoing problem for local councils.
Gone are the days when utility line locating was done manually using shovels and spades and more recently heavy digging equipments. Backhoes, was in fact, the preferred method, when trying to uncover underground utility lines in New England. These methods got the job done, but were risky operations since they had the potential to break or damage the lines. A less risky, more modern, and more accurate method to use is hydro excavation.
How can hydro excavation be used in utility line locating?
Hydro excavation is a soil excavation technique that uses a combination of high pressure water and a vacuum system to cut into the soil and remove it from a site by sucking it up and storing it in large bins housed on trucks attached to the unit, leaving a clean, well organized area to perform repairs or maintenance. Hydro excavation is well suited to utility line locating since it is a clean non-destructive method of clearing soil from around complex wiring systems.
Hydro excavation is a safe method of excavating soil from around utility lines. There is very little chance any damage will be inflicted on the installations. The system offers other advantages over more conventional digging methods. Since the digging is performed by a high pressure water system, it is quick and accurate and can isolate small areas that need to be investigated. The soil removal system ensures that all excavated soil is removed from the site while work is being performed; this guarantees the work area is clear and easily managed.
After the job is completed, the clean up is easy because the trenches were precisely cut, less backfilling is required. Hydro excavation is today’s solution to yesterdays problems and helps make utility line locating a less challenging task.
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