Four Signs You Need a Hydro Excavator on the Building Site for Your Tiny House

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Four Signs You Need a Hydro Excavator on the Building Site for Your Tiny House

1 August 2016
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Giant backhoes and excavators are not the only tools in excavation, and if you are building a tiny home and you need help preparing the spot, you may want to explore hydro excavation. There are a number of signs that your project may need hydro excavation rather than traditional excavation. Here are four signs you should speak with a hydro excavator.

1. You don't have enough room to fit traditional excavation equipment on your site.

Regardless of which type of digging you need done, if you don't have enough room for the excavation equipment, it can be challenging. This is especially true if you are placing a tiny home in a forest or other area where your plot is small and surrounded by dense trees.

Luckily, however, hydro excavators can work in tight spaces. Essentially, you park the equipment in the closest space you can find to the building site. Then, you bring the hoses over to your building site. Once there, you can use the hoses to release water into your selected excavation spot and start the digging process.

2. You want piling holes.

If you are building your tiny home on a site that isn't level, you may want to support some of your frame with posts or pilings. A hydro excavator is perfect for this job. The concentrated stream of water can help you quickly and easily dig holes for pilings. In contrast, it can be hard for traditional excavation equipment to dig holes this small.

3. You need to add or find utilities.

With traditional excavation equipment, you risk hitting utility wires or pipes. That can lead to leaking gas, electrical dangers and other issues. However if you want to dig safely to find utilities around your tiny home site, a hydro excavator can do that. As it uses water, it is able to move soil and debris without breaking power or utility lines.

Similarly, if you don't have utilities on your building site because you are building in a remote location, you can use a hydro excavator to create trenches. Called slot trenching, this job is easily handled by hydro excavators.

4. You need to work around tree roots.

Whether you need a small piling hole, a narrow trench or a large hole, if you are trying to work around a root system, you may also want to use hydro excavation. Hydro excavation has less environmental impact than other types of excavation. Just as it allows you to safely excavate around utility lines, it also allows you to dig safely around root systems. In contrast, an excavator featuring a bucket with sharp teeth may just end up ripping through the root system.

For more information, contact an expert in excavation services.