Air & Hydro Excavation
SAFETY • SPEED • ACCESS • MOBILITY
Air and hydro excavation — also known as hydrovac or hydro trenching — is the state-of-the-art solution for exposing underground utility lines, pipelines and railroad switches and crossings. The process involves using precisely focused flows of air or water to dislodge the earth, while simultaneously vacuuming the loosened debris into a vacuum truck for reuse or disposal.
Air and hydro excavation services are performed using a highly mobile, all-in-one system that serves as an excavator, loader and transporter. Because just one machine is necessary, it is possible to complete hydro excavations in remote or rough terrain areas that are inaccessible to larger fleets of equipment.
Hydro excavation is a non-destructive technique that virtually eliminates the potential for damage to existing underground infrastructure. As a result, it is suitable for use in environmentally sensitive areas and locations where power lines, water lines or other buried cables are present.
Most importantly, the main advantage of air and hydro excavation is safety. By protecting sensitive infrastructure, the chances of an on-the-job accident are substantially lowered. This, in turn, helps you meet your timelines and stick to your budget with a minimal risk to your crew.
Applications and Industries
Air and hydro excavation is used for several different applications, including:
- Exposing buried cables, confirming the presence of pipelines and utility crossings, and creating drilling test holes
- Remotely extracting wet or dry soil, sludge or debris as part of a culvert or casing cleanout
- Digging holes for utility poles, traffic signals, signposts and related applications
- Creating repair pits for gas main line tie-ins, electric cable fault service and other utility work
- General shoring or trenching applications
The diversity of potential applications for air and hydro excavation make it an excellent choice for a range of different industries. Power and utility contractors, pipeline and refinery development crews, and airport and railway engineering companies, among others, all frequently use air and hydro excavation services for technically demanding jobs.
Air and hydro excavations offer several critical advantages over similar processes. Chief among these include:
- Safety: It virtually eliminates the risk of personal injury or death associated with accidentally striking pressurized gas, water or electrical lines.
- Speed: It’s up to 75% faster than traditional digging methods, allowing your crew to quickly turn around complex projects with a minimal amount of work.
- Reduced downtime: Because it is so much faster than other methods, it also decreases the risk of property damage, lost work opportunities, community disruption, ecological damage and insurance liability issues that occur on longer jobs.
- Efficiency: A single hydro excavation truck does the work of an excavator, loader and transporter. As a result, labor and fleet maintenance costs go down, and environmental disruption is minimized.
- Versatility: All-in-one hydro excavation trucks are uniquely capable of working in remote and inaccessible areas where large fleets can’t go.
- Lower impacts: Similarly, a smaller fleet means your operation has a reduced footprint overall. This minimizes disruptions to roads and surrounding work areas, while keeping your fuel use and carbon emissions lower.
These are just a few of reasons why demanding businesses request our air and hydro excavation services. To learn if the process is right for your upcoming project, contact AIMS Companies directly.
Working With AIMS Companies
AIMS Companies offers a full range of air and hydro excavation services for customers in Alabama, Georgia and throughout the Southeast. We are a veteran-owned business with a reputation for quality work and honest communication in everything we do. We are available for emergency service as well as scheduled excavation and cleanup work.
To request a consultation or an estimate, call 334-855-4775 or use the form on this page to contact us directly.