Vacuum Excavation: Best Practices for Top Productivity In the process of digging, there are a lot of techniques in use today. Though most of the methods used today are modern, others are traditional. On account of drilling companies using these new methods, digging has become easier, faster and safety is more assured than in the past. An example is the vacuum excavation method that uses either water or air in the process. The following tips and practices are helpful in ensuring successful excavation. There are some soils that are hard-packed and heavy, where air cannot penetrate well. In such scenarios, water can be used in vacuuming in a process called hydro excavation. There are areas where the dig site might have loose soil, with a lot of sand and gravel, and in such places, dry or air excavation would be a wise choice. In terms of safety, dry excavation is the better method, unlike using pressurized water in hydro excavation, because you cannot damage older pipes or electrical wires that are brittle. It’s important to take into account the size of the truck to be used in the excavation in relation to the size of the vacuuming pumps. When the size of the pump in use matches the size of the water or air tanks, then the desired vacuum power will be realized. This means that if a lot of vacuum power is needed, then both the tank for holding air or water and the pump should be equally large. Where there is going to be excavation using both wet and dry methods of excavation, then you are going to need above average tanks. While vacuuming- whether wet or dry- is generally a safer method than older traditional digging methods, proper safety considerations should be observed while digging. Before handling and operating the excavation machines, the workers should be taught safety procedures. Some modern machines cannot be put to work without the necessary specialized training of the potential users. Professional training of the workers who are going to work the machines should take place. Due to the presence of underground utility pipes and power lines, the operators of the machinery should be careful. Workers should be given appropriate gear and attire. Hand gloves and dielectric boots are part of the gear needed. Digging using the vacuuming method provides precision in the excavation process. Sometimes things do not always go right in the excavation process. This can be caused by mistakenly digging in the wrong site due to wrong identification process or human error. Mistakes of this kind may lead to explosions from gas leaks and electrocutions. By reaching out to the concerned authorities, it will help in ensuring you are digging at the correct site and you will also be given maps. The vacuum trucks and the pumps that the drilling company uses to dig should be well maintained. This will ensure that the machines will perform at expected standards. Though wear and tear is unavoidable in this situation, machines should often be monitored to be on the safe side. Regular oiling of the machines, especially the moving parts is vital. Check out all the parts like hoses, nozzles among others. These practices will ensure efficient vacuum excavation.