Vacuum Excavation: Best Practices for Top Productivity In digging, numerous ways of excavation are used. Some are older methods that are more traditional in nature while others are more modern. The process of digging has improved in ease of digging, speed and safety due to the fact that drilling companies are using these new methods. Vacuum excavation is an appropriate example which uses water or air in the digging process. The following tips and practices are helpful in ensuring successful excavation. Some soils are usually hard-packed and heavy, and in such cases, air cannot be used efficiently in vacuuming. In situations like that, the use of water, or hydro excavation is the best alternative. On the other hand, where the soil is loose, sandy and with a lot of gravel, dry or air excavation is recommended. Safety wise, dry excavation is the better alternative because it will not damage older pipes and brittle electricity wires because it has no water pressure like in hydro excavation. In the excavation process, the sizes of the vacuuming pumps to be used to store air or water should be noted in relation to the size of the trucks to be used. If the vacuum power created for the digging is to be strong enough, then the size of the air or water tank must correspond to the size of the vacuum pump. If the intended outcome is massive vacuum power, then it is required that the tanks for holding air or water, and the pump be big enough. Where there is going to be excavation using both wet and dry methods of excavation, then you are going to need above average tanks. However much vacuuming, whether dry or wet, is considered to be safe than old fashioned digging methods, safety issues must be addressed. Proper training on how to handle and operate machines safely should be introduced. There are modern machines that require specialized training before they are used. Therefore, the people going to use them must be taught how to operate them. Due to the presence of underground utility pipes and power lines, the operators of the machinery should be careful. Proper gear and clothing is a necessity for workers. Hand gloves and dielectric boots are part of the gear needed. Digging by using the vacuuming technique is a precise 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. Tear and wear often occurs to machines that are being used, so close monitoring should be paramount. Regular oiling of the machines, especially the moving parts is vital. Check out all the parts like hoses, nozzles among others. Following these best practices will help ensure efficient vacuum excavation.