Vacuum Excavation Services

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Vacuum excavation services are conducted by the use of high-pressure air or water to dig through material, soil or ground. This method of digging is safer compared to traditional excavation practices. Adler uses both water excavation and air excavation to complete their jobs.

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How Vacuum Excavation Works

Vacuum excavation services are achieved by the use of high-pressure air or water breaking through the ground. The debris produced is simultaneously sucked up by the vacuum and deposited into the attached debris tank. Adler’s vacuum excavation process is designed to be smooth and efficient. By having fully equipped trucks carrying both extra-long hoses and the largest debris tanks in the industry.

Air VS Hydro

Adler uses two types of vacuum excavation; water excavation (hydrovac) and air excavation. Air Excavation uses high-pressure air to cut and dig through the soil to a specified location under the ground. Hydro Excavation uses high-pressure water to accomplish a similar goal, however, the two differ in their level of digging intensity.


Adler air excavation uses high-pressure air to cut and dig through the soil to a specified location under the ground. Air excavation is a low impact style of excavation. It is generally used when the utilities beneath the surface are sensitive and require careful navigation. The aspect of non-conductivity is appealing when dealing with underground utilities, such as electric cables, gas lines, fiber optic cables and other types of underground utilities.


Adler hydro excavation uses high-pressure water to accomplish a similar goal, however, the two differ in their level of digging intensity. Hydro Excavation has a more intense impact on the tougher ground. Hydro Excavation requires water as its main resource. So it is helpful to factor in travel distance from a dumpsite.

Pros and Cons

Air excavation is often quicker than Hydro excavation because there is no need to dispose of any soil. However, Air Excavation has a limited impact in comparison to Hydro Excavation on solid or frozen ground. Hydro Excavation is sometimes preferred because of the way the water brakes up the soil and erodes ground faster than air. This style of excavation might be quicker when dealing with select soil. But if the site requires a backfill, Air Excavation would be a quicker method. Another difference between the two to consider are the necessary materials. Both methods of excavation have their pros and cons for certain scenarios. In some instances both styles of excavation are used to complete a job. Consider an excavation type utilizing safety first and the decision will always be correct.

Benefits of Vacuum Excavation Services For Your Industry

Construction and Industrial

Alder’s vacuum excavation services can be used in a variety of construction-related scenarios. Vacuum excavation could be used as a means for excavating below a standing building. Adler’s truck has an extended hose which allows for a specified reach from the Adler truck to the physical job site. This method ensures safety especially for the crew involved in this meticulous situation. In most cases, construction cannot begin without the proper knowledge of utilities below the surface. Adler would be able to use vacuum excavation to locate or measure underground utilities.


Vacuum excavation is a safer option when choosing a method to access gas lines or underground utilities. Vacuum excavation is also referred to as Soft Digging. Due to its ability to break up material with little to no causational harm to the surrounding area. This is specifically important when accessing underground utilities. To decrease the risk involved with live utility lines further. Most will choose air excavation to eliminate any chance for conductivity. Adler uses vacuum excavation services for precise digging. Which is extremely necessary when dealing with live utilities.

Water and Sewer

Adler uses vacuum excavation services to effectively clear sewer pipes because it is the most efficient method. The high-power water and air work in conjunction to blast away debris and instantaneously suck out the remaining debris. This method for cleaning cuts down on job time. Which in turn will cut costs overall.

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Applications for Vacuum Excavation Services

There are various applications for vacuum excavation services which Adler can assess for completion on a job to job basis. The following are examples of the most common applications for vacuum excavation services:
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Slot Trenching

Slot trenching is a type of digging, using vacuum excavation, which digs narrow trenches for pipe or cable installations. The specific type of vacuum excavation used for slot trenching is generally hydro vacuum excavation. This process ensures accurate and precise digging, without the dangers and risks associate with heavy equipment used for conventional digging methods.


Daylighting is the process of digging through the surface to expose or “bring to light” underground utilities. Adler uses vacuum excavation services to expose live gas or electrical lines so that they can then be inspected or fixed, if necessary. Daylighting by vacuum excavation, or hydro excavation to be specific, minimizes the threat of utility damage.

Cold Weather Digging

Vacuum excavation is safe, and sometimes only, the method for frozen ground excavation. The colder months can bring most jobs to a halt; however, Adler can use vacuum excavation to dig with ease. This type of work is useful when there is an underground utility that needs access or any measure of digging which normally pauses during the winter months.

How Can Vacuum Excavation Services Benefit Your Job?


Traditional methods of digging involve dangerous, heavy machinery, and often put workers at high risk for injury. Accidents can involve cave-ins, falls and falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, or even cause damage to utility lines.

Environmentally Friendly

Adler’s Vacuum excavation services are a environmentally friendly method of digging. The process uses clean water and air as its main source of material. Thus avoiding any harmful chemical or pollutant. The amount of water on each job is used consciously to hit the desired depth of digging. This avoids overuse of material.

Cost Effective

The dual process digging and vacuuming  is what makes vacuum excavation services so efficient. Completing a job by using Adler vacuum excavation services will save time. This in turn will save you money. Without proper vacuum excavation the time to dig would then be followed by time to move debris into a dump tank to discard the remains. Often the debris tanks are too small and require frequent trips to dump the sediment. Vacuum excavation is around ten times faster than traditional digging methods. Requiring less time on the job and a quicker return to daily activities. Adler’s debris tanks are one of the largest in the industry. Which cuts down on disposal time even further. This delivers an even more efficient effective job completion.

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Requirements for An Effective Vacuum Excavation Truck

Adler vacuum excavation services requires a truck which can hold the vacuum source a water tank and water system, a boom, host, and debris tank. A vacuum truck can have one of two vacuum sources. One being a fan system and another being a positive displacement blower. The PD grants the ability to move air at longer distances compared to the fan system. This system allows for digging at greater depths. Vacuum excavation uses the high-pressure water or air to break up the soil. Leaving minimal disturbance to the surrounding areas. While instantaneously vacuuming up debris which then transfers into the debris tank. Adler’s vacuum excavation truck obtains all of the necessary parts to efficiently complete the excavation job.

The Best Trucks in The Industry

Explore Our Vacuum Excavation Truck Specs:
  • Height: 13′
  • Length: 39′
  • Water Tank: 1200 Gallons
  • Water System: 10 GPM at 2500 PSI
  • PD Vacuum: 5250 CFM At 2000 RPM
  • Boom: 7′ With 320 Degrees Rotation
  • Heavy Duty, Self-Grounding Rubber Hose: 22” From Centerline Of Truck
  • 21 Yard Debris Box (Industry Standard Of 15 Yards)
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Choosing The Best Vacuum Excavation Service

When looking for the right vacuum excavation services, there are a few things to keep in mind. Certifications, experience, and service quality.


A company that is professionally sound will have all required certifications and be in compliance with all government, client-specific, or site-specific requirements, OSHA certified, confined space trained, and Emergency Response Hazwoper trained. These certifications and trainings assure you that the chosen vacuum excavation service is qualified for the job.


Vacuum excavation is a safe way of digging. However it is important to know how to perform the task safely as well. That’s why it is critical that you hire a provider who is experienced and knowledgeable in the field. Companies like Adler have been working in the industry for over 40 years and even offer case studies to showcase their experience and offer reference. Knowledge and expertise yields efficiency and safety which together will save you time.

Service Quality

Find a provider who will listen to your needs before jumping into a job. There might be several different ways to complete a job, even with one technique. It is important that the service provider you choose is certified and experienced enough to assess the job accurately and make informed decisions as necessary. With Adler, you will find a positive solutions-oriented attitude. Our team is always accessible and eager to respond to your needs. At every level of our organization, you will see a commitment to consistently high customer satisfaction. We are driven to be your single source for all of your vacuum excavation needs.

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Vacuum Excavation Services for the Entire Eastern Seaboard

We provide vacuum excavation services for the following areas:

  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • Ohio
  • Michigan
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Washington DC
  • West Virginia
  • Virginia
  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • Florida
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Safety Is Our Priority

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We believe in safe environments. Safety is not only the law it is our goal. We consistently strive for zero risks for both our employees and customers. Our comprehensive Health and Safety policy along with our employee training allow us to create the safest environment possible. Therefore we have achieved:
  • Compliance with Adler’s health and safety policy
  • Compliance with all government, client-specific, or site-specific requirements
  • 40 hour hazmat training
  • Confined space training
  • Full medical cards on drivers
  • Physicals and fit tests on employees
  • Random drug tests
  • Site specific training on all jobs – Tail Gate Safety Meetings
  • Appropriate clothing and protective equipment
  • Immediate identification and report of safety hazards or unsafe work conditions

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