Water Or Air For Excavating?

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Nowadays, we come across two different types of excavation techniques when you want to dig holes at work sites. The two types are hydro excavation and vacuum excavation respectively. Both of these are modern techniques that work much better than digging manually (or even using a mechanical excavator) when it comes to digging holes in specific locations or under a certain set of circumstances. Nevertheless, the two are vastly different when you consider their benefits as well as drawbacks.Vacuum digging

In order to make a more educated guess, you may want to know more about both of these two types of excavation, so keep reading below to find something that can prove to be useful to you:

First, let’s talk about vacuum excavation. Vacuum digging has the benefit of causing little disruption to facilities nearby the excavation sites, making it the most suitable process in order to locate such things as wires, water and power lines or even telecommunication equipment. When using vacuum excavators, you can easily refill holes that have been dug out using the very same material that was taken out first, reducing waste generation considerably. Air is non-reactive and the supply is pretty much limitless, so you can keep on digging for as long as your machine permits you to do so. Vacuum excavation is therefore unbeatable when it comes to dig small holes without relying on manual tools.Hydro excavations are next. Here, we use water to facilitate our excavation purposes, using a blaster to generate a powerful jet that can wash down a lot of different types of soil with little effort.

Thus, hydro excavations are extremely versatile and efficient regardless of what type of soil needs to be excavated. Hydro excavation services are safer than mechanical digging methods whenever there is a need to preserve objects: the water blaster can be directed in such a way that it can dig holes with a high degree of precision, while leaving other areas unaffected. Hydro excavation is also notably fast, for high pressure water can mow down a lot of things in no time at all.If you still have trouble deciding, here is a general summary of what to use for specific situations.

In general, if you are dealing with digging of smaller holes, vacuum excavations fit your bill better. On the other hand, hydro excavations are best suited for high volume digging projects which cannot be completed using mechanical digging machinery. Air excavation procedures generate no waste, but are not suitable for digging hard or frozen ground. The opposite is true for hydro excavations.