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Why Vacuum Excavation is the Best Choice for Safe Digging

by TRUVAC Team, on Apr 15, 2021 3:47:25 PM


According to estimates from the Common Ground Alliance, a utility line in the United States is hit every six minutes. Each of these strikes can not only cause a great deal of power and utility disruption, but severe injuries can occur, such as from a natural gas explosion. This is why safe digging is so important to all of us. Safe digging is about taking the proper precautionary steps before you dig, and about using the right equipment while you dig to minimize risk and damage. Digging safe, more than ever, means vacuum excavating.

Plunging a shovel in the ground is risky. Backhoes and other large, heavy machinery can easily uproot more than dirt. Vacuum excavating, on the other hand, is a non-destructive means of using compressed air or pressurized water to uncover underground utilities. The loosened soil is then vacuumed out of the way, and into a debris tank. Vacuum excavation is simple, efficient and:

  • No fear of rupturing or breaking a line because no mechanical parts come in contact with the utility being exposed.

  • All you need to do is vacuum a small hole, often 12 inches round or less, causing minimal soil disruption. It’s also easy to patch the hole by returning the dirt when air excavating. This is sometimes referred to as potholing and is used to confirm location, depth, and type of buried lines before beginning construction. 

  • State-of-the-art. Vacuum-based excavation is more sophisticated than other forms of excavation—allowing for faster excavating speeds and more precise digging. In fact, vacuum excavation is the only form of excavation that can determine the exact depth of a utility with one hundred percent accuracy.

  • Cost-Effective. Vacuum excavators are faster than other methods of digging. Plus, the extreme precision of vacuum excavation results in substantially less repair work. Add those together and more sites can be visited during every shift. The resulting cost savings in time, labor and materials can be substantial.

We understand the need for safe digging. That is why we created TRUVAC®: to focus on the safe digging needs of contractors, utilities and municipalities. It is why our line of vacuum excavators has exclusive features like DigRight®, our patented technology that lets operators control the water pressure with the press of a button. It also features our exclusive water shut-off feature—the water flow is automatically stopped if control of the lance is lost.

Built for safe digging month, year, decade … Dig safe, with TRUVAC.


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