Vacuum Excavating and Utility Potholing

The SSC Boring vacuum excavation service provides a non-destructive method for safely and efficiently locating and exposing existing underground utilities or preparing to install new ones. Once a hole is cut in the surface, pressurized air is used to break up the soil while a high pressure vacuum unit is then used to remove any impeding debris depositing it into the storage tank. This underground utility installation method has become the industry standard for digging very precise utility potholes with virtually no risk of damaging any existing utilities. Vacuum excavation is a proven damage prevention service that SSC Boring has delivered since 1969.

Typical Applications:

Virtually any excavation job that involves existing utilities:

  • Underground utility location verification
  • Advanced pre-job surveying and utility mapping
  • Vault cleaning
  • Manhole and catch basin cleaning
  • Debris removal


Vacuum excavation utilizes the kinetic energy of a high velocity air stream to penetrate, expand and break-up soil. Loose soil and rocks are then removed from the hole through the use of a very powerful vacuum. This technique is typically used to create a hole one to two feet square and as deep as required to expose the buried utility.


Vacuum cannot move large rocks and boulders greater than 12” in diameter.


  • No risk to existing utilities
  • More productive than open pit/backfill methods
  • Clean and self-contained
  • Compact applications


Unique Vacuum Applications

Cleaning Debris From Metro Light Rail Track Days Before Opening
Cleaning a Century of Debris from Historical ASU House Foundation