What is daylighting?
Daylighting is the process of uncovering underground utilities, pipes, and cables in a precise and safe manner. Daylighting may also be referred to as “potholing” when it is used to uncover a small area and check the lines for damage. This is a necessary part of regular upkeep for these kinds of systems.
However, daylighting is not always a simple task. Excavators usually will not have complete information about where utilities, pipes, and other lines are in the ground or what other obstacles may be present. Thus, daylighting requires experienced professionals who are able to make best guesses that are as informed as possible. When it comes to digging around structures that have the potential to harm people and the environment, having a highly trained group of daylighters is of the utmost importance.
Hydrovac daylighting is a form of hydro excavation. This process uses pressurized water, a vacuum, and a debris tank to break up soil and remove it from the excavation site so that workers can more easily access utilities and other objects of interest. Because it does not use machines with sharp edges or metals, there is significantly less risk of damage to the lines below, which means that downtime and insurance costs are also minimized.
Other methods of daylighting include using machinery or manpower alone. If not done correctly, daylighting with heavy machinery can quickly become hazardous. Hand digging, while potentially less risky, tends to be time intensive. There is also the possibility of combining all three methods of daylighting for cases that are particularly sensitive.
If your company is in the utility industry or any other that requires the engagement of daylighting services, contact the waste management experts at Clean Management. After going over the details of your situation, we can provide you with a free quote for our daylighting services.