POLE HOLE EXCAVATION is hydro excavating to illuminate critical pathways for the installation of various-sized poles.
In it’s basic approach, the application is identical to pot holing. The only difference, in fact, is the end-purpose of the process. With this approach, we are not looking for known or unknown utilities. A pole simply needs to be put in the ground without risk of damage to underground utilities.
This can only be accomplished by hydro excavation. You may attempt to create the clearance you need with a traditional augur, but the risk to underground utilities remains.
Hydrovac excavation is the recommended method of digging pole holes in residential and commercial zones where the presence of underground utilities is greatly increased. Inadvertent strikes to gas lines or electrical lines in areas where unassuming families enjoy the comfort of their homes and communities.
The vacuum excavation method of hole digging has also proven to be extremely effective when it comes to excavating hole in areas that are no longer accessible to the drilling equipment that dug the initial hole decades ago. Examples are pole hole excavations behind homes or in congested alleyways.
The hydro excavation process is extremely safe and fast with minimal soil disturbance due to the surgical efficiency with which an operator can utilize pressurized water to open up the ground.
The process starts with a simple pot hole (8 to 12 inches in diameter). With the mechanical or manual vacuum system hovering the designated surface area, the operator excavates straight down into the ground until the specified depth is reached. Then the hole is reamed to the specified diameter.
The process is an extremely safe, quick and efficient way of getting the clearances you need without ever risking a costly, potentially deadly strike to underground energy systems.
In contrast to the chaos, investigations and negative publicity that typically ensue when energy or communication systems are violently disrupted, the moment utilities are encountered during pole hole excavations, adjustments can be made without significant delays.