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Vacuum Excavation Services

LiveLocates are the premier vacuum excavation service providers across NSW & the ACT. Our services stretch from the South Coast of NSW to the Snowy Mountains, Snowy Valleys, Canberra suburbs and surrounding regions region. We provide leading non-destructive vacuum excavation that safely and effectively create space around essential underground assets without causing any damage.

LiveLocates takes an individual approach to the work required for each site. Our professional service will be tailored to the needs and requirements of your project, making us the premier choice for any vacuum excavation services across southern NSW and the ACT.

Vacuum excavation is the safest and most reliable method to excavate around underground utilities. LiveLocates’s team of accredited service locators provide industry-leading vacuum excavation services backed by detailed ground penetrating radar reports, that will ensure your worksite is unearthed without disturbing valuable underground utilities and assets. Not only limited to clearing around utilities, our vacuum excavation services are also widely used for drain and runaway clearing ensuring that drainage systems continue to operate effectively keeping property safe.

LiveLocates service a wide range of clients. If your job site is looking to avoid the use of bulky, inaccurate, and sometimes dangerous traditional diggers, LiveLocates vacuum excavator technology is the solution you’re looking for.

Accurate Utility Locating

Dial-Before-You-Dig (DBYD) Certified

Experienced, Local Technicians

Benefits of Vacuum Excavation Services

There are numerous benefits to using vacuum excavation over more traditional excavation methods.

  • The vacuum digging method is ideal for excavating around costly assets, underground utilities, and tree roots because it minimises the potential for damage from the machine.
  • Better at avoiding contact with fences, powerlines, houses, and other obstacles around the site, which is imperative in reducing any unwanted costs in the project.
  • Vacuum excavators have a much lower impact on the terrain than larger excavators.
  • Vacuum excavation generally requires a single unit to be operating to complete the task, compared to a conventional digger which requires another machine to remove the excavated material.
  • Less equipment needed leads to a less pollutive worksite.
  • The vacuum Excavation machine can be located away from the dig area, meaning the nozzle can reach more confined spaces.
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Utilise Vacuum Excavation Technology to Create Space Underground Without Damaging Assets.

Frequently Asked Questions


How Does Vacuum Excavation Work?

LiveLocates modern vacuum excavators combine a high-pressure water spray coupled with an air vacuum. The water jet cuts and displaces the soil, whilst the vacuum hoovers the slurry created by this displaced soil into its attached tank.  The vacuum excavator can also operate with the high-pressure water spray when the ground conditions are right.

Utilising vacuum excavation services offers your project the protection it needs to ensure all digging is performed safely and effectively, with minimal disruption to the site. Using a vacuum excavator will reduce the chances of damaging underground utilities, including water, sewage and gas pipes, and power and communication cabling. The accuracy of our systems has reduced accidents and instances of unintentional damage across hundreds of job sites across southern NSW and the ACT.

LiveLocates’ safer system removes the chances for detrimental impact to the site, which in turn lowers the cost of insurance and liability cover, coupled with costs associated with repairs. By opting for a different system, you run the risk of increasing the intensity of labour required on your project and the overall time it will take for completion. Vacuum excavation is more accurate and gets the job right the first time, contributing to a more successful project!

Vacuum Excavation Services and underground utility location go hand in hand. LiveLocates will first identify underground assets through utility location, before using the vacuum to safely dig around the area. Our service range goes right down the South Coast, with our hydro excavation Canberra experts and underground locater Narooma operators visiting these areas often.

Not only an ideal solution for safer excavation, but LiveLocates vacuum excavation is ideal for pit, drain and culvert clearing after heavy rains or years of sediment build up.  This ensures your water drainage systems are working effectively and minimises the risks of flooding from blocked or slow moving drains. Hydro excavation Canberra, South Coast, and Snowy Valley residents can trust.


What Our Vacuum Excavator Can Dig Through:

LiveLocates’ superior machinery make the process of excavation a simple one. The truck’s high-pressure water stream can break up the following with ease:

  • Dirt
  • Sand
  • Clay
  • Mud
  • Grass

The air used to provide the suction for the vacuum cleaner is then filtered and released back into the atmosphere. LiveLocates’ vacuum excavators have a high level of manoeuvrability, enabling the vacuum to dig in even the most confined of spaces effectively. Once complex procedures (like tree root removal) are now a seamless experience with LiveLocates.


Where does LiveLocates vacuum excavation service extend to?

Our vacuum excavators are all mounted on the back of trailers that are ready to be mobilised across all of southern NSW and the ACT. Our fleet is operated by a fully certified team that is ready to tackle any task and mobilise to:

Snowy Mountains – Jindabyne, Thredbo, Perisher, Crackenback, Cabramurra

Snowy Monaro – Berridale, Cooma, Bombala, Bredbo, Dalgety, Delegate, Michelago

Snowy Valley – Tumut, Talbingo, Khancoban, Adaminaby, Tumbarumba

Canberra suburbs and surrounding regions

NSW South Coast – Nowra, Huskisson, Batemans Bay, Moruya, Narooma, Bermagui, Bega, Tathra, Merimbula, Eden


Why use a vacuum excavator over a traditional digger?

The methods used for excavation have traditionally required high-intensity labour, heavy machinery, and destructive results. No longer! Vacuum excavation machines are more precise, efficient, and take up far less space on a job site. Using a vacuum excavator provides a much more thorough and dependable digging solution that is guaranteed to increase the productivity of your site.


How much does vacuum excavation cost?

For the most accurate cost of LiveLocates vacuum excavation services, you will need to begin with a site assessment to ensure our staff can complete the work in the required area.

As each worksite is different, and LiveLocates does not use a flat rate for its services, we can’t give an accurate quote without this vital information. As such, it’s best to contact LiveLocates so we can find out as much as we can about the nature of the work needed. From here, our highly knowledgeable team will tailor a specialised solution to your digging requirements and ensure your project is completed seamlessly. For further information on our vacuum excavation service costs, get in touch with the friendly team at LiveLocates online or on 1300 517 062.


What types of worksites use vacuum excavation services?

LiveLocates is proud to offer our experienced and reliable vacuum excavation service to several construction and engineering projects. From hydro excavation Canberra services, to vacuum excavation in Narooma, we’ve done it all. The most frequent organisations that benefit from vacuum excavation services include:

  • Excavation & Civil Construction Contractors
  • Geotechnical Engineers
  • Local Government
  • Utility Providers
  • Building Construction Companies
  • Plumbers and electricians
  • Infrastructure Contractors
  • Directional Drillers & Underground Cable Layers