What is Trenching?

Trenching is a commonly used excavation procedure for digging ditches in the ground before the installation of pipelines, conduits, or cables. Usually used for utility line installation, a trench is cut by the use of shovels or heavy machinery until it forms a narrow length below the surface. The hole itself is generally deeper than it is wide.

Trenching uses traditional means can be hazardous to both the underground infrastructure and to the workers who work in the trench once it is dug. Not only is it dangerous, but it is also time-consuming. Using either machines or workers takes time and money requires more physical work and can cause damage to the surrounding landscape.

Fortunately, hydro excavation provides a safer, quicker, and cost-effective solution.

The Benefits of Slot Trenching With Hydro Excavation

With the use of high-pressure water, our hydro excavation equipment can dig a thin, accurate trench that will need a minimum amount of backfill once the job is complete.

There are many benefits to slot trenching with hydro excavation methods, such as:

Workers’ Lives are No Longer at Risk

Manual trenching methods do come with a dangerous price. Many workers have lost their lives digging a trench. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2013 to 2017, there were on average 19 fatalities involving trenching in the United States.

But hydro excavation takes away the need for workers to manually dig in a trench. Without the need for workers entering the trench, their lives will not be endangered by possible cave-ins.

The Environment is Protected

Using large, noisy machines to remove debris can be laborious and cumbersome. Not only can it cost you money, but it can also damage the environment. Manual trenching methods are unable to create a narrow trench with just enough room for a utility line. Instead, more dirt is removed from the landscape, which can damage the environment.

But with hydrovac trenching methods, the high-pressure water can easily make a trench just thin enough to fit the pipes without removing too much of the dirt and damaging the environment.

Existing Utilities Won’t Be Damaged

Since machines or manual digging are not as accurate as hydro excavation, they can easily damage existing underground utility lines. This can cost money to replace the lines.

Fortunately, slot trenching is not only extremely accurate but since it only uses water, there is no danger of damaging existing utilities.

Backfilling is Minimized

Because of the pressurized water, hydro excavation can remove thin layers of soil for a more accurate sized trench. And since minimal backfilling will be needed once the job is finished, the job will be done quicker.

Rogers Hydro Vac Service Can Help

Since 2003, Rogers Hydro Vac Service has been providing hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services throughout PennsylvaniaNew YorkNew Jersey, and throughout the East Coast. Our trucks use the nation’s most advanced technology available. We own and manage one of the largest fleets in the Northeast.

If you need hydro excavation services for your trenching project, we’re here to help. Contact us today for more information.

Some Examples include:

  • Gas Main Lines
  • Water Main Lines
  • Telephone Lines