Vacuum extraction is a safer and more cost-effective way to excavate when compared with traditional excavation methods. Also referred to as suction excavation, this technique poses a lower risk to personnel and is more environmentally friendly.

In short, vacuum excavation is the smarter, more efficient, and most economical way to excavate!

How does it work?

Vacuum excavation utilises high powered fans to safely excavate up inert sand and stone from around pipes in the ground. First, a small surface area hole will be created, this may vary depending on ground conditions, so the use of an air lance may be required. Then the suction excavator hose removes below surface materials. Compressed air is used to fracture the ground for the suction excavator to remove the material safely.

Vacuum excavation is designed to improve the speed at which work can be carried out whilst reducing any associated health and safety risks. Instead of using traditional methods of hauling out soil, debris, and rocks manually using machinery, a high powered suction system is used to collect and remove any unwanted waste from the site including solids, liquids, sludge, and slurry.

How is the work performed?

This technique is carried out by specialist vacuum excavator construction vehicles and is commonly used on civil engineering sites as well as utility, building, and general infrastructure projects.

The vehicles can be parked close to the project site and a specially trained operator will use a water jet to break up the ground whilst the suction tube sucks up the waste, leaving the utility or any other site that you don’t want to damage exposed.

Why is excavation needed?

Excavation is a necessary part of most construction projects. It’s often used to create building foundations and as part of the laying and maintenance of underground pipework and cable systems. It’s an area of civil engineering that can be considered risky and that’s why development in suction technology has been instrumental in increasing the safety and reducing the risks of this task. The innovation of using vacuum technology has improved the effectiveness of this process, whilst cutting the cost of the work and reducing the time it takes to complete!

Excavating around live services

This method is extremely useful when it comes to performing jobs around live services. It’s ideal for undertaking any kind of work around utility line installations as rubble and debris can be removed easily without causing damage to the line.

Underground utility lines simply need to be located and clearly marked, then the suction equipment can make easy work of the job, removing ground material and exposing pipework for easy maintenance and repair.

One major benefit of this is that it is precise and drastically reduces the risk of strikes to service lines. An underground service strike can lead to injury or even loss of life and the costs to your business and your reputation can be substantial. That’s why suction technology is trusted by so many industry professionals across the globe.

Utility Site Solutions’ vacuum excavation service is operated by our expertly trained team and is available for hire across the UK. To discuss your requirements today, please get in touch with us by calling 0800 779 7575 or clicking here to fill out our contact form.

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