Why Choose Potholing for Utility Excavation?

October 21, 2020 7:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When you’re preparing for a utility excavation job, it is important to select a process for the job that will get it done on time and under budget. This is especially true when the utility work is being done as part of a larger construction process with some tight time constraints—the last thing you want is for that utility work to be the cause of any significant delays, or new budgetary demands.

Potholing is one of the most popular selections for excavating a construction site for utilities. It involves the use of vacuum excavation, significantly cutting down the risk of a utility strike. It’s a highly non-invasive method of excavation that’s being applied in more and more projects across the nation due to advancing technology and its numerous benefits. Read on for some more information about potholing and trenching services in Roseville, CA.

Comparing to other methods of excavation

The benefits of potholing are even more visible when you compare it to other common methods of excavation:

  • Manual: Manual excavation is rarely used anymore because it is outrageously slow and strenuous, putting a lot of pressure on workers. You’ll end up with workers who hate their jobs, some significant delays in the overall project and a lot of potential surface damage. Even if it manages to save you a lot of money, it’s really not worth it. Potholing spares your workers’ sanity, is much faster, doesn’t have the same level of surface damage and still manages to save a good amount of money.
  • Backhoe: Backhoes are highly efficient excavating tools, but do not have anywhere near the same precision as vacuum excavation processes like potholing. This means there is a much greater risk of utility strikes, meaning compromised water or power supplies in the local area and potential heavy fines to the construction company, not to mention the costs of repairing those damaged lines. Backhoes also create a significant amount of surface disruption compared to potholing.

Potholing relies on the use of vacuum excavation equipment, which only requires the removal of a small bit of earth to access utility lines below the surface. This creates only a small amount of surface disruption, which is then easy to repair upon completion of the job. The much greater precision of this process allows you to avoid potential utility strikes and resulting outages, plus the extra expenses that come with the necessary repairs.

Of course, it’s important that you engage in proper planning anytime you prepare for a potholing job. You’ll need to have access to utility maps to ensure the location in which you’re digging will give you access to the utilities you will be working on. Not only will it show you where to excavate, but it will also show you how deep those utilities will be located.

Interested in learning more about the potholing process and its benefits? We encourage you to contact the team at Es7 Comm-2 U, Inc. about our trenching services in Roseville, CA. We’d be glad to answer any questions you have for us, and we look forward to working with you on your project.

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