Hydrovac Excavation Trucks and Services

Hydrovac excavation services, also called hydro vacuum excavation or hydro excavation, is the leading soft dig and non-destructive excavation technology. Adler’s trucks use high-powered water pressure to move soil and vacuum it into a storage container on the truck. They quickly move it offsite to safely discard it.

The Safest and Fastest Way to Excavate

Hydrovac excavation technology is far more accurate than manual or mechanical excavation methods and is less destruction. Adlers Hydrovac trucks don’t use machines to remove debris, which lowers the risk of harming delicate underground structures.

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What is Hydro Vacuum Excavation

Hydrovac Excavation uses safe, reliable, and efficient vacuum excavation. No matter the season, Hydrovac Excavation can easily cut through frozen ground with heated water.

Adler Hydrovac Excavation uses pressurized water to safely dig through the ground. Simultaneously, our hydro vac trucks vacuum out displaced dirt and soil. The hydrovac tanker stores the debris until moved offsite.

How Does Hydrovac Work

Hydro vac Can Be The Most Cost-Effective Way To Dig

Completing a job by using hydro digging equipment will save time, in turn saving you money. The dual process, using high pressure water trenching, digging and vacuuming, is what makes hydro excavation so efficient.

Using vacuum excavation instead of traditional debris removal saves your team time and money. Often times, debris tanks are too small for all the debris and require frequent trips to dump the sediment.

Hydro excavation is around ten times faster than traditional digging methods.

Hydrovac Can Be The Safest Method of Digging

Without hydro vac technology, the process of traditional excavation uses dry digging using tools, equipment, or even explosives. Projects see a much larger margin of error when using traditional excavation methods. Hydro trucks and hydrovac digging reduces the risk of cave ins, falls, hazardous atmospheres, and damage to utility lines.

Hydrovac excavation is by far the safest method of digging. The tanker trucks have an extension to blast water using precise digging techniques. This extension allows the trucks and crew to sit a safe distance away from the jobsite. It also makes it easier to access worksites that are congested or obstructed.

When digging, hitting overhead power lines is often a concern. Adler Hydrovac trucks can adjust water pressure to prevent damage while digging.

Environmentally Conscious Digging

Hydro excavation is considered the most environmentally friendly way to excavate, with very little damage to the surrounding area. Using water to excavate reduces hazardous byproducts, and the excavation process limits water use so there is no waste.

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Can Hydro Excavation Work For Your Industry?

The process of hydrovac excavation can be applied to many industries. From landscaping to pole installation, multiple fields can benefit from this method of digging. Listed below are some of the main industries which commonly use hydro excavation:

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Hydrovac Excavation for Plumbing

Plumbing, sewer systems, and piping found underground are difficult to access. The process of hydro excavation allows for digging that will not cause damage to the pipes below. This technique grants quick and easy access through hydro excavation for utilities below ground. This is ideal for routine maintenance or to fix an emergency concern.

Hydrovac Excavation for Installation

Before installing them, workers need to excavate the ground for equipment like traffic lights, lamp poles, road signs, and commercial grade trees. To create a solid foundation for the structures to stand in, it is important to dig far enough down. Hydrovac excavation is quick and precise. This digging technique creates narrow to wide trenches to prep for large pole installations.

Hydrovac Excavation for Construction

Common construction sites which aim to build commercial or industrial establishments cannot start without proper excavation of the site. Hydrovac excavation can help prep foundations, reservoirs and roads.

Alder's Hydro Vac Trucks have multiple applications in various construction projects. Accessing utilities under standing buildings or removing debris can be difficult without hydrovac tankers. These trucks can precisely dig while simultaneously removing soil.

Hydrovac Applications


Potholing, also called daylighting, is digging to expose underground utilities, live gas lines or live electrical lines. This helps townships access utilities for regular inspection or to determine the utilities’ location. This process works to increase productivity, enhance project safety, and decrease the overall costs of the project. Daylighting by Adler hydro excavation ensures precise digging and minimized risk of utility damage.

Pole Excavation

Pole excavation used hydro excavation to create holes to easily install outdoor poles. Hydrovac allows you to be precise with the hole size and depth.

Traditional digging methods use shovels and backhoes. This technique often extracts more soil than is necessary, requiring more back fill and more time spent on the job. Pole excavation requires hydrovac excavation because it is exactly to size, clean and fixed.

Slot Trenching

Slot trenching is the process of digging narrow trenches for pipe or cable installations, or viewing intersecting underground utilities. Since conventional slot trenching cannot dig narrow enough trenches, hydro excavation is the best option for slot trenching. Adler Hydro Excavation provides accurate and precise digging without the use of heavy equipment creating a much safer environment.

Air Excavation

Air excavation, or soft digging, can be used if hydro excavation isn’t an option. Air excavation uses compressed air instead of water to break up soils. The trucks then vacuums the soil into the debris tank. Air excavation is often used to locate electrical cables, gas lines, fiber optic cables, and other underground utilities.

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Air Excavation VS Hydrovac Excavation

Air Excavation uses high pressure air to cut through soil and dig to a specific location under the ground. Air excavation is a low impact style of vacuum excavation. When sensitive underground utilities exist, choose air excavation for careful navigation. Air excavation is often faster than Hydro excavation since there is no need to dispose of the soil.

However, Air Excavation, although possible, has a limited impact in comparison to Hydro Excavation on solid or frozen ground. Hydro Excavation uses high pressure water and has a more intense impact on tougher ground. Sometimes, people prefer Hydro Excavation because water breaks up soil and erodes ground, like clay, faster than air. However, if the site requires a backfill, Air Excavation would be a quicker method.

Another difference between the two to consider are the necessary materials. Hydro Excavation requires water as its main resource, so factor in travel distance from a dump site.

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 by means of safety first, and the decision will always be correct.

Requirements for An Effective Hydrovac Excavation Truck

Hydrovac Excavation

Hydrovac excavation trucks have a vacuum source, a water tank and water system, a boom, and debris tank. There are two types of vacuum sources on vacuum excavation truck, a fan system and 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.

Hydrovac excavation uses high-pressure water to break up the soil. This leaves minimal disturbance to the surrounding areas, while simultaneously vacuuming up debris. The debris tanks then store the soil.

The Best Trucks in The Industry

Explore Our Hydrovac 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 Hydrovac Excavation Services

When looking for the right hydrovac excavation services, there are a few things to keep in mind. Partner with hydrovac companies who carry the correct certifications, experience, and service quality.


A professional hydrovac excavation company has all of the required certifications for safety. Look for a partners who is compliant with government, client-specific, and site-specific requirements. Be sure your partners is OSHA certified, confined space trained, and Emergency Response Hazwoper trained. These certifications and trainings assure you that the chosen hydrovac excavation service is qualified for the job.


It is critical to hire a provider who is experienced and knowledgeable in the field. Adler has been working in the industry for over 40 years. No matter who you partner with, view their case studies to see their experience and references. 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.

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 aim to be your preferred source for hydro excavation on the East Coast.

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Hydrovac Services for the Entire Eastern Seaboard

We provide hydrovac 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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