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What is Hydro Tunneling?

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Tunneling is an essential process in many industries such as construction, mining, and civil engineering. Most importantly, it’s a method of excavation that rooters can use for utility installation. Traditional tunneling methods, such as drilling and blasting, can be risky, time-consuming, and costly. Fortunately, there is a modern technique that revolutionizes the way we dig tunnels: Hydro Tunneling.

What Is Hydro Tunneling?

Hydro tunneling is also known as hydro excavation or vacuum excavation. It’s a non-destructive digging technique that uses a high-pressure water jet to break up soil and a vacuum to extract the debris. This process creates a cavity or tunnel while leaving the surrounding soil intact. Hydro tunneling is an effective and safe method of excavating. There’s no need to involve heavy machinery or explosives. It also reduces the risk of accidents and property damage.

It’s particularly useful in areas with sensitive underground utilities such as gas lines, fiber optic cables, and water mains. Due to its pinpoint accuracy, hydro tunneling can create tunnels or trenches around these utilities. This goes a long way toward limiting any damage. Hydro tunneling is also environmentally friendly because it doesn’t produce as much noise, dust, or waste as traditional tunneling methods.

How Does A Hydro Tunneling Machine Work?

The machine consists of a water tank, a high-pressure pump, a hose, and a vacuum tank. The operator controls the water pressure and the vacuum suction through a remote control. The control mechanisms help keep the excavation process precise and efficient.

First, the operator inserts the high-pressure hose into the ground, creating a small hole or pilot hole. Then, the water pressure breaks up the soil turning it into a slurry. The vacuum then sucks up the slurry and deposits it into the vacuum tank. This process continues until the desired tunnel or cavities are created. After the fix is done, the backfill material is replaced to ensure structural integrity.

Tunneling is not only efficient but also versatile. It’s perfect for excavating different soil types, including clay, sand, gravel, and rock. What about digging trenches? No problem! The machine is powerful enough to remove debris and clean underground infrastructure.

Why Choose Hydro Tunneling?

Hydro Tunneling offers several advantages over traditional tunneling methods. Firstly, it is safer and less damaging to the surrounding environment. With hydro tunneling, there is no need for heavy machinery. Their weight can cause soil compaction, foundation damage, and vibrations that may affect nearby structures.

Secondly, Hydro Tunneling is faster and more efficient than traditional tunneling methods. With its precise and controlled excavation, Hydro Tunneling can create tunnels and trenches in a fraction of the time it takes to drill and blast. Large-scale construction work can limit the usage of bathrooms and other facilities. This inconvenience can create a lot of stress for families in their day-to-day life. The sooner the leaking water main gets fixed, the better!

Lastly, Hydro Tunneling is the cost-effective option. Traditional tunneling methods require expensive equipment and labor costs. Hydro tunneling only requires a specialized machine and an operator. Due to this, it’s the more affordable option for many projects.

Professional Hydro Tunneling Services

If you need hydro tunneling services, it’s important to choose a professional and experienced company. Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning is the leading provider of Hydro Tunneling services in the South Florida tri-county area. Our team of experts has the knowledge and skills to handle any excavation project. We’ve worked on small residential jobs right up to large-scale industrial projects.

We use state-of-the-art hydro tunneling machines that are efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly. As a certified People First organization, we work closely with our valued clients to ensure all excavation projects are completed on time and within budget. Give us a call at 1-833-470-2880 to start tunneling.


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