Services Air Knife Excavation

Imaage of One Stop Environmental employees performing air knife excavation for the installation of a new power pole

Air Knife Excavation

Safe Soil Excavation

One Stop Environmental’ s air knife service allows us to quickly and easily excavate 5-10 feet deep using high pressure air to break up the soil.  The soil is then vacuumed up into a tank and can be returned to the ground later. This method, more formally known as pneumatic or vacuum excavation, prevents risking damage to buried utility lines, pipes or tree roots.

If your project calls for a deeper dig or you need to break up limestone, clay or other non-porous materials our hydroblaster is the solution.  We can use our hydroblaster to dig up to 18-20 feet deep using high pressure water. This process is called hydro excavation.

Hydro/Pneumatic excavation is ideal for:

  • Excavating near a historic or unstable structure
  • Exposing underground utilities
  • Digging holes for drilling
  • Creating holes for utility poles

Air Knife Excavation for Utility Poles

One of OSE’s newest contracts requires our team to regularly perform the initial step of vacuum excavation for the installation of new power poles.  With consideration of preventing potential costly underground facility damage, OSE’s industrial services crew, performed a nondestructive excavation process, pneumatic excavation, using a vacuum truck and an air knife. After the utility lines were exposed, identified and recorded, the soil, which was gathered in the tank, was returned to the ground. OSE has successfully excavated poles in Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Auburn and the UAB area.