The Standard in Hydro-Excavation
Plumbing problems. One of everyone’s main domestic headaches. Getting a reliable plumber is a mainstay of modern life. But it is also an experience fraught with tension and anxiety. Will it be expensive? What if the problem is in my pipes? Underground? What manner of disruption will I have to endure? Most of us have probably gone through these thoughts at a time when plumbing problems make their entry into our routine. But new technologies have been developed that may ease our concerns and make the whole plumbing escapade much easier. Our Pompano Beach Plumbing company has mastered the art of some of these new technologies including hydro excavation.
Excavation can be a particularly challenging issue.
When plumbing needs require excavation, there are many risk factors to consider. If plumbing is located under cement surfaces, or “Slabs” like sidewalks, walkways and driveways, considerable expense and damage may result to property in the process of breaking up, or digging under these surfaces. If pipes and tunnels are located near the basement of the home, there is risk of damage by excavation equipment to the structure of the house itself. Even worse is the risk to laborers and bystanders
According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2000 to 2009, 271 workers died due to cave ins of trenches and tunnels. Trench collapses kill two to three works a month per the Occupation Safety and Health Administration. An unacceptably high number.
But there IS a better way. It is called Hydro-Excavation. It is a “non-invasive”, above ground technique designed to excavate with less cost and less damage than traditional mechanical methods.
How Hydro-Excavation Works
Hydro-Excavation employs a simultaneous use of high pressure water intrusion and vacuuming through industrial strength hoses. The soil underneath household structures and lawns can be removed as it is broken up using a high-pressure water stream, creating a “slurry” of mud and debris which is at the same time vacuumed up and deposited into a tank, commonly on a truck bed, for removal. Once the work is completed compact soil is inserted into the excavated area providing a stable, supportive base under your slab or lawn.
There are two kinds of vacuum technologies. A fan or a positive displacement blower. A fan system is easier to operate and can bring in air in large amounts. Displacement blowers are better for moving air along longer distances.
The first step, or course is to determine what the underground environment is and what approach is required. This can be achieved by an underground video inspection to determine the scope of the work.
There are a variety of systems that have been devised to fit every need. What follows is a list of the different types of Hydro-excavation systems on the market today:
Different kinds of Hydro-Excavation Systems
· Vacuum excavation system
· Cold-weather hydroexcavator
· Hydroexcavating tool
· All-season hydroexcavator
· Dumping hydroexcavator
· Large-volume hydroexcavator
Hydro Excavtion is the Safer and more Cost Effective Method
Due to the increase in safety, reduction in cost, and overall improvement in efficiency and accuracy, Hydro-Excavation has become the preferred method of excavation in use today. Reducing injury to workers and others, it prevents damage to underground pipes, communication lines and cables, lowering repair costs. These are wins for the consumer and the contractor as well.
It also decreases the time to get the job done. There is significantly less need to interrupt utilities during the job. Since the operation is conducted above ground there is little to no need for expensive landscaping. Insurance and liability costs are also lowered.
Hydro-excavation has turned typical plumbing experiences into clean, efficient high tech occasions with minimal environmental impacts as well. This is a win, win