Vacuum excavation technology is unique for its ability to provide low impact, non invasive excavation in an environmentally friendly manner. It was developed in response to the ever increasing need for minimum risk methods to locate, expose, and map underground facilities such as telephone, gas, water, electric, and sewer are often located in sensitive areas within highway and city street right of way boundaries.
It can be used for wet or dry material alike; for mud removal, storm drain or manhole clean-out, meter or valve box cleaning, emergency road spills, rocks, dry sand broken glass and hurricane debris cleaning. Other innovative uses include the cleaning of electrical transformer boxes, lift stations, water treatment plants, underground switch boxes, the cleaning of carbon filtration filters and the installation of street signs or digging under existing structures without fear of damaging utility lines.
In many instances vacuum excavation technology reduces inconvenience and improves traffic safety. A small "surgical" opening is made in the pavement or sidewalk area through which excavation takes place. The excavated material is then removed and stored in portable vacuum canister. Once the underground utility information has been recorded the recyclable excavated material is used to create a highly compactible back fill mix.