Vacuum Excavation

Expose Buried Pipes and Cables Without Damage

The Safe Method for Locating Utilities

When trying to locate fiber optic lines, cables and other utilities while avoiding the damage that can occur with traditional, mechanical digging, vacuum excavation is the safe solution. Pro-Pipe uses high-pressure water or pressurized air to break up and cut the soil, while a high-flow vacuum system lifts the soil up and out of the excavation area. Vacuum excavation technicians quickly and efficiently uncover buried natural gas and petroleum pipelines and water mains with greatly reduced risk of damage to the infrastructure.

Pro-Pipe provides vacuum excavation services using Hydrovac systems, dry-vac systems and combination trucks with equipment that controls the amount of water utilized during earth cutting. In addition to trenching in areas with substantial existing utilities, Pro-Pipe’s vacuum services include potholing and mining support operations.

Hydrovac System Excavation Equipment

The system is used effectively in all soil types, including clay, and can even dig in frozen ground with the help of onboard heaters. Powerful Hydrovac systems can excavate to a depth of 60 feet. With the ability to dig at a distance of up to 600 feet from the truck, this system is capable of working in areas in which access is limited. Hydrovac units are mounted on Freightliner trucks.

Hydrovac features include:

  • Water storage capacity: 1,200 gallons
  • Debris storage capacity: 14 cubic yards
  • Hibon 5300 SCFM vacuum blower
  • 3,000 PSI, 9 GPM water pump
  • Complete insulation for minimal noise

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