With what began as an idea for a machine just to pump out septic systems and clogged sewer drains, vacuum truck usage has greatly expanded to what it is today. Its versatility has made it ideal for different industries when it is appropriately adapted to job needs. The vacuum truck has been adapted for jobs in many different settings, such as usage in construction work as a hydro excavating machine. It is another ingenious way to use the unique forces of controlled air and water to accomplish tasks, usually better and faster than other options.
Important Benefits on the Construction Site
Although it is wondered how a truck using water and air as a primary excavation tool could be more useful than a rugged digging machine, hydro excavation vacuum trucks are just that. With continued improvement and advances, these machines have become invaluable on certain construction job sites by being easier to work with to achieve desired results.
Water and air under enough pressure can cut through hard surfaces just like backhoes and with more precise control, a main benefit gained when using hydro excavation where mechanical or hand digging might have been otherwise used. Since water pressure can be adjusted and actually pinpointed to act like a water ‘knife,’ vacuum trucks used as hydro excavators are invaluable in delicate digging situations, such as: pot-holing; trenching; shoveling around pipelines, cables, and tree roots; and digging holes in small spaces that larger machines cannot handle. This has made hydro excavation a preferred method for any delicate digging tasks needed.
Important Needs At A Job Site
To make the best use of hydro excavator trucks, there are three main job site requirements:
- Water – There must be a nearby source of liquid such as a water truck or container, a working fire hydrant, a nearby pond or lake, or being within hose-distance of a reservoir.
- Dumping – Needing water for this type of work is obvious – needing a place to dump liquid residue that has passed through the hydro excavation process and is ready to be removed from a job site is perhaps less obvious. If it cannot be dumped at the site, then processed and retrieved water will have to be driven by truck to a dumping area. Working with two trucks is the best way to achieve work efficiency, as one vehicle can be working while the other is driving to a nearby water dumping site.
- Accessibility – No job can be done if the truck cannot easily reach it. Although immediate vicinity is best, it is still possible to use this digging method at a distance up to a few hundred feet. Water pressure will likely be lower over a period of time, so that is definitely something to consider before starting a job.
Construction and Hydro Excavation Companies – Working Together As A Team
Initially perceived as negative competition on a construction job site, it didn’t take long for construction companies to realize that hydro excavation helped to get more work because of its more rapid completion time, fewer digging accidents, and more precise control over the work scene. Since hydro excavation is a specialized digging process, both types of companies can work hand-in-hand in the regular construction business with an end result of getting jobs done faster and with more precision while being profitable for both businesses.
Those construction companies that have worked on job sites before the hydro excavation process can attest to the many benefits of this arrangement and why it works so much better in a more detailed or delicate work situation. Hydro excavation easily shows how it can become an important part of the whole construction job process when a softer digging touch is needed!