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Dig safely around utilites with hydrovac excavators

Shkopich Enviro’s hydrovac services helps utility companies and contractors find new ways to save money and improve safety in the Hydro Electric and Utilities industry.

Proposed utility pole holes and service pits are often located in the municipal right of way, which is congested with underground infrastructure. The vacuum hydrovac is up to five times faster and 50 percent less expensive than hydraulic powered trenching machines or manual digging. In addition, the risk of damaging fibre-optics, gas pipelines or energized cables is virtually eliminated.

With hundreds of miles of pipes, cables and wires buried beneath city streets, it is almost impossible when hand digging by pick and shovel to avoid disturbing the lines. Our hydrovac excavation units operate in hard to reach locations and congested urban areas where conventional digging technology is unavailable.

Shkopich Enviro can assist with the inspection and frequently occurring repair of aging utility infrastructure. In the utility sector industry, for example, Shkopich Enviro has been used in applications using:

  • Cathodic anode installation on water mains
  • Directional drilling test holes for trenchless technology
  • Curb box water valve repairs
  • Culvert and manhole cleanouts

During winter construction, coal burning or other expensive ground thawing devices are often required before manual excavation is possible. Each hydrovac unit carries a coiled heater capable of heating water to 65°C. This allows to excavate in frozen earth through any depth of ground frost, thus significantly reducing digging time, and eliminates noxious emissions and fire hazards associated with thawing.

Hydrovacs can compliment and assist backhoes in many trenching applications. They also provide the operators with a clear line of sight to buried lines. By minimizing ground disturbance, backfill and restoration costs are also greatly reduced.

Shkopich Enviro has experience in dealing with the challenging needs of the Utilities industry and our hydrovacs are the ideal solution for cost effective and safe excavating in urban situations.