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Hydro Vacuum Excavation

Hydro Vacuum Excavation Brisbane

Non-Destructive Digging with Hydro Vacuum Excavation

Hydro Vacuum Excavation services is a non-destructive digging (NDD), non-evasive, cost-effective and accurate process to excavate safely. It is now often far more cost-effective to complete your excavation requirements utilising vacuum hydro excavators. Our complete range of professional hydro excavation and Vac truck services is offered right throughout the Gold Coast, Brisbane, South East Queensland and beyond.

What is Vacuum Excavation, and when is it required?

Hydro vacuum excavation uses high-pressure water to break up and cut the soil, gravel and rock, while a high-flow vacuum system removes the debris up and out of the excavation area. This process offers maximum safety and protection to your critical assets.

Unlike traditional mechanical excavation using bobcats, backhoes, or bulldozers, hydro vacuum excavation Vac truck minimises the chances of damaging or disrupting essential underground services in Gold Coast. Damage to utility lines can occur for many reasons including operator error, mismarked or unmarked service locations, the unknown presence of multiple lines found below a single service, and occasionally the obvious negligence of proper construction procedures.

Provac’s hydro vacuum excavation systems is an advanced technology giving our customers numerous benefits and virtually eliminating potential damage to underground utilities and services.

Benefits of Vacuum Excavation:

  • Safe – Vacuum excavation mitigates the possibility of personal injury that can occur through heavy equipment or laborious hand trenching.
  • Efficient – Vacuum excavation has no weather limitations and can be performed in all conditions.
  • Clean – Vacuum excavation ensures a more refined outcome by removing all debris and leaving a clean hole/trench with no unsightly mounds of dirt or messy construction site aftermath leftovers.
  • Precise – Vacuum excavation allows operators to dig with precision and perform their work with a less invasive method for slot trenching, potholing, and pipe detection.
  • Damage Prevention – Vacuum excavation helps avoid tremendous financial liabilities, inconvenience to service users and the embarrassment of damage to underground cabling and infrastructure.
  • Cost – Vacuum excavation is a cost-effective solution to excavate services in the city, suburban and high-traffic areas, and without weather restrictions.
  • Functionality – Vacuum excavation can also be used to uncover pipelines, phone lines, fibre optics, excavate for signs and signals, and clean and remove debris from utility holes and concrete basins culverts and conduits.

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    Provac Vac Truck at our depot

The versatility of Vacuum Excavation:

  • Culvert and drain clean-out
  • Potholing of services
  • Sign and pole installation (including power poles)
  • Culverts and cattle guards
  • Slot trenching
  • Underground line exposing
  • Installing new underground facilities
  • Digging under existing structures
  • Trenching across conflicting services
  • Material/debris removal
  • Pipeline tie-ins/maintenance
  • Sludge removal
  • Extraction of wet and dry materials
  • Pit & conduit cleaning
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One of our Vac Trucks on-site performing a job.

Contact Provac for Hydro Excavation services.

To enquire about our hydro excavation services offered to the Gold Coast and surrounding areas, contact us online or call on 1300 734 772.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Hydro Vacuum Trucks

How does a vac truck work?

Our vac trucks use pressurised water to break up soil which is then removed through a vacuum system and deposited into a debris holding tank to be safely disposed of.

What size vac trucks do Provac have in their fleet?

At Provac we have a selection of vac trucks ranging from as little as 1000L trailer-mounted units to as big as 12,000L truck-mounted units. Our most commonly used truck size ranges between 5,000L – 8,000L units.

Will my job require non destructive digging with a vac truck?

Digging safely with a vac truck is highly recommended when underground utility services are present within the area of digging. If you're unsure what lays underneath the ground, you should always call Provac to locate and map the area out.

How long does it take to dig with a vac truck?

Depending on the job's scopes, it can sometimes be quicker, easier and safer to use a Vac truck to excavate. The type of ground can also affect the time it takes to dig with a vac truck. For example, it can be much quicker to dig in and trough sand instead of digging in and through a rocky subsurface.

How long is the vac truck hose and gerni wand?

Our Vac trucks are all equipped with a suction hose and gerni wand extensions. All of our trucks carry a minimum of 20m of extension hose but can carry up to a 60m of hose extension on board. Our gerni wands can be adjusted from 1.5m in length up to 3.0m.

How deep can you dig with a vac truck?

Depending on the type of ground you are digging in, one of our vac trucks can typically dig up to 3.5m deep. On some projects, our vac trucks are used to dig in holes that have been mechanically excavated and properly shored and benched for our operator's safety.

Can you dig a service trench to install new underground services?

Yes, our services are often called upon by electricians and plumbers, who are installing new pipes and cables. We have dug trenches for some of our electrical clients that have been 1m deep and up to 80-100m long.

Can you dig footings/post holes for fences and platforms?

Yes, we are often called upon by fencing and signage contractors to dig the footings for new fences and signs that need to be erected around other underground services.

Do you have a vac truck small enough to access tight areas?

Yes, we have a top of the range Vermeer trailer mounted unit with a 2000L holding capacity. This trailer unit is towed by a 4WD and is used to access properties and all the hard to reach places where a regular vac truck may not be able to reach.

Can you suck away sewer waste?

We deal with sewer waste on a case by case basis only. We can work safely around damaged sewer infrastructure, but we do not suck sewer slurry away from holding tanks and portable toilets.

How has Hydro Vacuum Excavation revolutionised how we dig?

Hydro vacuum excavation has brought about a revolution in the excavation industry, providing a safer, more efficient, and more effective solution to traditional excavation methods. The traditional approach of excavation, which relied on manual labour and heavy machinery, has now been replaced by a technology that utilises high-pressure water or air and a vacuum system to excavate soil and remove debris.

This new method of excavation has many benefits, including reduced risk of damage to underground utilities, a faster and more efficient excavation process, and the ability to perform excavation in areas where traditional methods may not be practical, such as densely populated regions or areas with sensitive underground utilities. Additionally, the precision of hydro vacuum excavation allows for accurate excavation and the protection of underground utilities, making it a better solution for many projects.

Overall, hydro vacuum excavation has made a positive impact on the excavation industry, offering a safer and more efficient method of excavation that has resulted in fewer accidents, quicker completion times, and lower costs. It has truly transformed the way we approach excavation projects, making it a more effective and sustainable solution for the future.

What is Hydro Vacuum Excavation used for?

Hydro vacuum excavation, also known as hydro excavation or simply hydrovac, is a non-destructive digging method that uses high-pressure water and a vacuum system to remove soil and other materials. This method is used for a variety of purposes, including:

Utility line excavation: Hydrovac can be used to safely dig around underground utility lines, such as gas, water, and electric lines, without damaging them.

Potholing: Hydrovac can be used to make a hole in the ground to expose underground utilities or other structures for inspection or repair.

Trenching: Hydrovac systems can be used to create trenches for the installation of new utility lines or pipes.

Excavating around structures: Hydrovac systems can be used to remove soil and other materials around structures, such as buildings or monuments, without causing damage to the structure.

Cleaning tanks and other structures: Hydrovac systems can be used to clean the interior of tanks, silos, and other structures.

Removing contaminated soil: Hydrovac can be used to remove contaminated soil from sites for safe disposal.

Hydro vacuum excavation is a fast and efficient method for digging and excavation, and it minimises the risk of damage to underground utilities and other structures. It is especially useful in sensitive or hard-to-reach areas where traditional excavation methods would be challenging or impractical.

How deep can you Hydro Vacuum Excavate?

Hydrovac excavation is a versatile and precise digging method that can reach impressive depths of up to 20 feet or more. In most cases, it is capable of effectively removing soil with its high-pressure water and vacuum system. However, in some challenging conditions, such as hard-packed soil, clay, or rock formations, the hydrovac equipment may need a little extra support to get the job done. In these instances, manual excavation methods can complement the hydrovac process to ensure a successful excavation outcome. Overall, hydrovac excavation offers a cost-effective and non-destructive solution for digging, making it a popular choice in various industries.

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