What is Hydrovac Excavation?

Hydrovac excavation is a popular alternative to mechanical excavation and an effective method of daylighting. The Hydrovac equipment uses high power water to slice through the ground and then uses a vacuum to suction the earth out into a tank mounted on the Hydrovac truck.

The pressurized water can easily cut through thick grass and frozen soil while posing near zero risk to utility lines. The water breaks apart the earth into mud and debris while keeping an environment that is minimal risk of any injuries or damages.

Hydrovac trucks are equipped to operate year-round, even during winter months by heating up the pressurized water with the use of high-power coil heaters.

Most Hydrovac trucks can dig down to the 20-30 feet range depending on the consistency of the soil where you are digging. There are also newer versions of hydrovac trucks that can dig down to 60 ft!

Other methods of excavation require excavators, skid steers, dump trucks, and other various equipment. Hydrovac excavation only needs one truck and one operator. This makes using a Hydrovac one of the most affordable and safe methods for excavation.

If you need hydrovac services, CanWest would be happy to provide you with a complimentary quote.

Hydrovac services that we offer

  • Utility Daylighting
  • Wet/dry clean-up
  • Slurry Removal
  • Post Holes
  • Trenches

*Please note that our team does not offer removal of contaminated materials. Our equipment is only able to handle non-contaminated materials at this time.

For more information, please view our Hydrovac page.


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