Anytime there is a need to excavate in close proximity to utilities there is a reason for vacuum excavation. Not only are there the safety hazards associated with contacting utilities to be concerned with, but there is also the liability of damaging and cost of repairing utilities to think about. Dig Safe® can provide you with a close approximation as to where the subsurface utilities are located, but if your work requires excavating near enough to their markings, you need to be absolutely sure of where the utilities are located to avoid these risks; with ABC Soils vacuum excavation equipment, we can work around and expose the utility without damage using our dry vacuum excavation method. The material removed stays dry and is easier to either reuse or dispose of off-site.
ABC Soils has many years of experience excavating near supporting walls and structures. Working hand in hand with structural engineers, we pride ourselves at our ability to provide the safest, most cost effective means of excavating soils from beneath buildings. Whether you are removing contaminated soils from an unexpected spill of fuel oil or just looking to give yourself a little more head room, ABC Soils has the know how and hands on experience you need to make your basement go down while your building stays up.
ABC Soils has employed vacuum excavation technology to work with the Owners/developers and local Conservation Commissions to clean up silt that has broken through other erosion control measures and has spread several hundred feet down stream. We have also cleared muck from a basin that was drawing mosquitoes and complaints from neighbors. ABC Soils has cleaned out drainage easements for the Town of Needham by parking a vacuum excavator in the roadway and running our hoses along the ground surface to the drainage ditch. The vacuum excavator pulled out the sediment and loaded it into the trucks. The work was done on private properties with no significant disturbance, thus sparing damage to adjacent wetlands and uplands that would otherwise have occurred using conventional equipment.
There are situations when vacuum excavation is the best approach to installing borings or just to open the ground and see exactly what is there and what condition it is in. These include times when working beneath buildings or when working in locations where there are numerous utilities or other obstacles which prevent using traditional excavation equipment. Examples include, Former Metal Plating Facility, Oil Leak Beneath Building and Dry Cleaners, under bridge abutments and around large diameter water main lines.