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A number of industries are adopting this technique.  Some of the industry applications for hydro-excavation include:

  • Storm Drains
  • Pipelines
  • Refineries
  • Road Construction
  • Public Works
  • Electrical Utilities
  • Municipal Utilities
  • Telecommunications
  • Utility Engineering
  • Power Plants
  • Commercial Construction


  • Debris Removal
  • Daylighting
  • Trenching
  • Slot Trenching
  • Pipeline Crossings
  • Pipeline Tie-ins
  • Cable Fault Repairs
  • Potholing
  • Pole Holes
  • Piling Holes
  • Directional Drilling Test Holes
  • Sumps
  • Service Pits
  • Water Main Breaks
  • Catch Basins
  • Tank Cleanouts
  • Dig Over 400′ Away
  • Basements
  • Vacuum Truck Service
  • Dig in Frozen Ground
  • Bridge Decks
  • Sonotubes


  • 100% safe to underground lines, pipe and operator
  • Cost Effective
  • Non-Destructive digging
  • Safer method of digging
  • Reduced Liability
  • Reduces risk of injury to personnel
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Reduces risk of damage to underground lines (water, gas, electric, etc..)
  • Reduces costly delays to damage of underground lines
  • Reduces costly repairs to damage of underground lines
  • Excavated material left clean, dry and suitable for backfilling
  • 50% – 100% faster than hand digging or using dirt equipment
  • Safely remove contaminated materials
  • Dig over 400′ away
  • Fast, Effective excavation in areas with access issues
  • Precise holes for piling
  • Water can be heated for frozen ground excavation
  • Water controls static electricity
  • Water is more productive in tough soils

How does it work?

Hydrovac trucks are made up of two main components.

First, high pressure jets of water are used to loosen the material that is being excavated.

Next, a strong vacuum hose sucks the loosened material and excess water into a large holding tank.

You can use a Hydrovac truck to excavate many types of materials that typically need to be excavated, including hard packed clay, ice, sand and gravel.

Hydro-Excavation in the Winter

When cold weather strikes, hydro-excavation is an especially effective digging solution.  Here’s why:

The technique uses pressurized water to cut through soil, debris and other hard surfaces/materials.  Hydro-vac trucks are equipped with high powered coil heaters that allow them to excavate in harsh winter climates.  Heated pressurized water can penetrate and excavate through any depth of ground frost, even in colder weather, the pressurized water is strong enough to cut through the hard frozen ground.

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