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Using Hydro Excavation For Your Project's Needs

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Excavating large amounts of soil can be the first step in a number of different construction and landscaping projects. When it comes to moving this dirt, you may not be aware of the option of using hydro excavation for this work.

How Does The Hydro Excavation Process Work?

During the hydro excavation process, a jet of high-pressure water will be used to break up the soil. A powerful vacuum will remove the loosened soil. As a result of this process, it is possible to quickly and accurately excavate the area. While this is an extremely effective option when you are needing a high level of precision for your excavation work, there are limits to where it can be used. Specifically, this option may not be effective for soil that is extremely rocky as the water will not be strong enough to break up these rocks.

Will Hydro Excavation Cause Property Flooding?

You might assume that hydro excavation will not be suitable for your project due to it causing extensive flooding. While it is true that this technique will utilize large amounts of water to move the soil, this water will be pumped out very quickly with a powerful hydrovac. This will allow the contractors to remove the water and soil as the excavation progresses. While the area will be wet after this work is done, it should dry fairly quickly as the majority of the excess water will have been pumped out.

Is The Jet Of Water Strong Enough To Damage Utility Lines And Plant Roots?

One of the main threats during excavation work will be the risk of utility lines or plant roots suffering damage. Individuals that are in the process of planning to have this work done might assume that this will not be an issue with hydro excavation due to believing the water will not be strong enough to cut the roots or utility lines. However, the force of this water jet will be more than enough to cut through roots, and it can cause extensive damage to certain types of utility lines. As a result, you will need to take the same precautions against causing damage as you would for traditional excavation projects. This will include marking where the utility lines are buried. Finding where major roots for large plants are located can be difficult, but experienced landscaping professionals have tools that can make it easier to find large roots so that they can be marked for the excavation service.

To learn more about hydro excavation, contact a company in your area like Degen Excavating Company.