Hydro Excavation Services

Serving Vancouver WA | Portland OR

Hydro Excavation Services by Pacific Plumbing and Drain Services in Vancouver WA and Portland OR

Hydro excavation has many uses and benefits that make it an excellent option. This new method of excavation uses water to precisely and safely remove soil for a variety of projects, including in the processes of slot trenching, removing debris, accessing underground utilities, and cold weather digging.

Hydro excavation can be used for both commercial and residential properties, and is an incredibly flexible method of excavation. Pacific Plumbing & Drain has the expertise and trained staff to complete all of your hydro excavation projects!

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Potholing Vacuum Excavation

Potholing excavation is the process of removing soil with a vacuum, creating a hole. This type of excavation may involve high-pressure water jets or a vacuum to loosen dirt and rocks.

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Slot Trenching

Slot trenching is the process of digging narrow trenches for installing pipes, signs, cables, and other underground utilities – typically a better option because of its accuracy and precision.

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Piling Hole Excavation

Piling holes require exact measurements and careful planning, and were traditionally dug by hand or with a backhoe, often destroying the surrounding landscape. Hydro Excavation has changed this entirely.

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Cold Weather Digging

One of the best applications for hydro excavation is cold weather digging, allowing plumbers to excavate the frozen ground with heated water, reducing excavation time and the danger of burning.

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What is Hydro Excavation?

Hydro excavation is a method of trenchless excavation. It involves high pressure water that’s used to break up ground and soil where needed, leaving the rest of the environment undisturbed.

A hydro excavation truck is equipped with two main systems. The primary system used in hydro excavation uses a high-pressure jet to eject water into a carefully selected ground area. This breaks up soil, sediment, and debris so that it can be easily removed. Next, a hydro excavation truck uses a vacuum-powered pipe to collect loose dirt and soil to remove it from the area.

This dual-system of breaking up soil and removing it immediately leaves a cleaner, safer work area and allows for precise movements around utility lines and sensitive plumbing components like drain pipes and water supply lines.

Benefits of Hydro Excavation

Conventional excavation methods can be destructive and even dangerous, depending on the utilities, piping, and surfaces involved. Digging into cold ground or ground where utility lines exist always presents a risk, but hydro excavation helps to mitigate this risk with its accurate and highly-precise nature. It also leaves your landscape relatively undisturbed! Below are a few of the specific Hydro Excavation services we provide at Pacific Plumbing & Drain.


Serving Clients in the Vancouver WA and Portland OR Metro Areas:

Vancouver | Salmon Creek | Battle Ground | Ridgefield | Camas | Washougal | East Vancouver | West Vancouver | Hazel Dell | Cascade Park | Felida | Lake Shore | Hockinson | Mill Plain | Brush Prairie

North Portland | NE Portland | SE Portland | Pearl District | NW Portland | SW Portland