A Non-Destructive Alternative to Traditional Excavation

Cleaning Contractors, Inc. offers state-of-the-art hydro excavation services. Hydro excavation is a safe, non-destructive alternative to traditional excavation. Also called "vacuum excavation," "potholing," "hydro-digging," "hydro-trenching" or "soft digging,” the process uses pressurized water coupled with a high-powered vacuum source to remove material. Hydro excavation is ideal for:

  • Trenching and pit digging
  • Excavation of utility infrastructure; water lines, electrical conduit, gas lines, fiber optics, etc.
  • Surface utility excavation for identifying depth and location of utilities
  • Excavation of petroleum piping
  • Cold weather excavation

Utility Excavation

Hydro excavating provides access to utility pipes, lines and conduit without risking damage to the existing infrastructure. Traditional hand digging and use of pick axes is not only slow, but contact during digging can break pipes or cut lines. Hydro excavating speeds up the process while virtually eliminating the chance of damage, saving both time and money.

Petroleum Industry

Excavating petroleum piping infrastructure carries the added risk of exposing the environment to dangerous oil or gas leaks in the event of a rupture or break. Because hydro excavating minimizes the risk of damage to existing pipes, the process is the preferred method for gaining access to gas and oil lines.

Benefits of Hydro Excavation

Cold Weather Excavation

By heating the pressurized water, hydro excavation can be used on even frozen ground. This allows for year-round excavation during winter months or in areas with short summers.


Hydro-Excavation uses pressurized water to loosen soil and other natural material. The soil and water are then vacuumed into a truck-mounted debris tank. Because the water jet can be tightly controlled, hydro excavation is ideal for situations where the surrounding area needs to be kept intact. This saves time and money in replacing landscaping and backfilling excavation sites. Additionally, less labor is required to achieve this minimally invasive excavation, providing further savings.

Hard-to-Access Excavations

In many cases hydro excavation can be used for areas virtually impossible to excavate using a backhoe or hand-shoveling. Hydro excavating uses thin, easy to handle nozzles, hoses and extensions that can be directed into tight areas. Trucks providing pressurized water and vacuuming can be parked away from the excavation site.

Safer for Workers

Because hydro excavation uses surgical-like accuracy there is no need for workers to be hand-shoveling in trenches. This minimizes risk of cave-ins that could injure workers.

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Featured Projects / Case Study

CCI provides on-going support for a major transmission plant in the Midwest on a scheduled and on-call basis.  This work is performed in conjunction and coordination with the plant’s operations and maintenance team in order to insure continued, high quality operation of key components.  CCI responds to in-plant emergencies to restore plant operations as quickly as possible.  CCI’s participation in the management of this facility assists in providing quality products for the plant’s customers.

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CCI has provided fluid removals, equipment cleaning, and residuals management services for equipment and related piping systems in advance of the removal (strip-out) of the equipment at a former automotive plant in Ohio.  Also, depending on project scope, CCI provides cleaning of pits and trenches as necessary in advance of, or during, equipment removal.   In execution of this work, CCI operates in close coordination with the Owner’s site, engineering, and environmental representatives.  Effective strip-out preparation provided by CCI helps reduce equipment demolition timing and helps maintain project cost and schedule.

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To support Owner developed demolition specifications, and regulatory requirements, CCI addressed the universal wastes, residual chemicals, and surface cleaning of a former auto plant in Michigan.  The objective of this pre-demolition cleaning is to remove hazardous materials so that the demolition can occur without impacting other media.  This pre-demolition cleaning also maximizes recovery and recycling efforts by reducing surface contamination and avoiding the disposal of valuable construction materials.

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In support of rehabilitation of an abandoned auto plant in Michigan, CCI provided post-demolition cleaning of concrete surfaces; including slabs, pits, and trenches. This effort not only provided a safer work environment, it also facilitated backfilling and other rehabilitation activities.

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