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“When our main lift station was inoperable, I called Clean Earth. With one phone call, my issues were resolved and a much bigger disaster was avoided. Clean Earth’s speedy response time eliminated the risk of contamination to the villages’ drinking water.  Once again, we are pleased with the great job and your guys are always a pleasure to work with.”
– Ken, Village of Vicksburg 

“I appreciate our relationship with Clean Earth Environmental, as I can always depend on an immediate response.  Your workers always go the extra mile to assure accuracy & efficiency and they always arrive on site with a positive attitude prepared for the task at hand. Clean Earth recognizes the importance of taking care of issues that have the potential to affect so many people if not handled rapidly.  I have complete confidence in your staff. Thanks for a job well done!” 
- Bruce, Portage Public Schools


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Get the help you need when you need it from the professionals at Clean Earth. Our technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Schedule service appointments at your convenience. We are Licensed & insured, and all our work is guaranteed.

What is Hydro-Vacuum Excavation?

Hydro Excavation, or daylighting, is an effective alternative for digging where heavy machinery is not practical or even unsafe. Conventional methods such as backhoes and bulldozers can damage underground utilities, cause potential injury to operators , delays to construction or industrial projects, and costly fines for contractors.

High pressure water is used to break up the soil, while a high-powered vacuum source is engaged to lift out the soil without damaging or disrupting buried fiber-optic lines, cables, or utility pipes.

Clean Earth Environmental's Hydro-Vacuum Excavation service will minimize costly incidents involving pipeline damage and worker safety.

Applications for Hydro-Vacuum Excavation Include:

  • Water Main Breaks
  • Slot Trenching
  • Pole Setting
  • Pipeline Crossing
  • Utility Exposure
  • Any Digging Where Mechanical Means Would Not Be Safe

Clean Earth Environmental’s hydro excavation team uses pressurized water and high-volume vacuum trucks to dig holes or clear areas and remove the water and soil. Our operators can select optimum pressures for digging through clay, rocky soil, or even frozen earth without damaging buried utilities or harming underground process lines. Removed soil can be transported and dumped off-site, or offloaded on-site for backfill purposes or your own disposition.

Contact Clean Earth today to to discover how we can lower your excavation costs while preserving the safety of your personnel and keeping your project on schedule!

Clean Earth Utilizes Hydro-Vacuum Excavation in Difficult Access Situations Such As:

  • In plants
  • Under Structures
  • Easements
  • Embankments
  • Overhead Encumbrances

Clean Earth Utilizes Hydro-Vacuum Excavation to Expose Utilities for:

  • Cathodic Protection
  • Repair
  • Maintenance
  • Replacement
  • Inspection/Leaks detection

Clean Earth Environmental can complete Hydro-Vacuum Excavation projects in remote sites, where the truck unit is far from the work area.

A controlled flow, high-pressure low-volume water stream allows for surgeon-like accuracy. This process removes only the amount of material necessary for repair or inspection. Minimal material needs to be removed when compared with the large, less-than-accurate excavator or back hoe bucket, and the danger of damaging the pipes or utilities is almost completely eliminated.


Photos of Hydro-Vacuum in Action

Hydro-Vacuum Excavation is most commonly used to locate buried pipes, trenching and potholing.


A Clean Earth Technician blasts soil with pure, high-pressure water and then vacuums the loose dirt away.
Hydro-Vacuum Excavation is the safest and most cost-effective method to uncover sensitive pipes and cables.


Hydro-Vacuum Excavation lends itself to applications where soil conditions are hard and compacted, or where the work is done year round, even when the ground is frozen.
Clean Earth serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in Albion, Allegan, Allendale, Bangor, Battle Creek, Bloomingdale, Bronson, Cassopolis, Charlotte, Clinton Village, Coldwater, Coloma, Comstock, Constantine, Coopersville, Delton, Dowagiac, Grand Ledge, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Hartford, Hastings, Holland, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Lowell, Marcellus, Marshall, Mendon, Muskegon, Niles, Norton Shores, Oshtemo, Otsego, Parchment, Paw Paw, Plainwell, Portage, Richland, Saugatuck, Schoolcraft, South Haven, Spring Arbor, Springfield, Springport, St Joseph, Stevensville, Sturgis, Three Rivers, Vandalia, Vicksburg, Walker, Wayland, White Pigeon, Wyoming and Zeeland, Michigan (Mi.) We also serve customers in Elkhart, Granger, Michigan City, Mishawaka, Shipshewana and South Bend, Indiana (In.)
Kalamazoo / Portage (269) 381-2400
Mattawan / Paw Paw (269) 657-2600
Richland / Gull Lake area (269) 629-0900
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