Ottawa Hydro Excavation

Hydrovac services with modern vac trucks for safe, clean & effective operations
man operating hydro exaction service machinery

Experienced Hydrovac Teams with
Clean, Modern Equipment

Hydro-Excavation is high pressure water used to loosen soil, rocks, clay, gravel and other earth material while it is continually “sucked up” into a debris tank for later disposal. This process is clean and safe! It will not damage tree roots, hydro lines, telecommunications or existing plumbing infrastructure.

If you have a project that involves moving earth for construction or land clearing purposes, Aqua Drain’s Ottawa hydro excavation teams are here to help. Our experience and attention to detail translate to a thorough result that will help you move on to the next phase of the project in good order.

A Safe, Environmentally Friendly
to Loosen Earth & Debris

Hydro excavation in Ottawa and across Canada is gaining in popularity and today is in widespread use. That’s because project managers have found daylighting with hydrovac trucks to be a safe, effective means of clearing soil. What’s more, hydro excavation gets the job done in less time, is cleaner for the site itself – and it’s better for the environment as a whole.
To find out more about our safe, non-destructive, efficient hydro excavation in Ottawa and surrounding areas, get in touch with the hydrovac experts at Aqua Drain today.
Hydro excavation by engineers in Ottawa

How We Serve our Plumbing, Sewer
& Drain Clients

We apply the same level of workmanship and attention to detail on every Ottawa plumbing & sewer project, no matter how big or small the job may be. When it comes to the plumbing business, there’s no substitute for hard work, dedication and pride in a job well done.
When you hire a plumbing contractor in Ottawa, you deserve full value for your money. This includes effective, timely communication and service that goes above and beyond. Aqua Drain will keep you in the loop and serve you with a smile.
With over 50 years of experience as plumbers in Ottawa, we’re no fly-by-night plumbing contractor. We’ve earned trust, repeat business and referrals by working hard, delivering results that are on-time and on budget, and treating people with respect and dignity.
Aqua drain staff digging a hole in the ground for pipe access

Hydro Excavation Experts.
You can Count on Us!

As a homeowner, contractor, or developer, it is your responsibility to ensure that any projects outside are carried out safely.


If you’re doing any work that involves digging including: installing a fence, excavating for a pool, digging up a tree, it is important to get the utility locations marked before breaking ground to avoid hitting anything underground.


Underground networks of services and utilities including power lines might be buried on your property. Accidentally hitting one could result in serious consequences ranging from property damage, a power outage, or a serious and possibly fatal injury.

Contact Aqua Drain today to learn more about Hydro Excavation!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Hydro Excavation is one of the safer ways to dig under sensitive locations. Using Hydro Excavation removes the need for sharp edges or metal equipment, which is responsible for many of the incidents and damages that happen each year. 


Hydro Excavation allows for digging to be done year round, even in cold temperatures. Trucks are equipped with heated water systems to break through frozen soil.

Our team uses a highly-powered, high-pressure water wand that cuts through rock, soil, and debris. The slurried mess that the mixture creates is then suctioned into an excavation truck.

  • Excavation as deep as 70 feet
  • Excavation as far as 500 feet from the truck 
  • Safely complete excavation process in messy or sensitive areas
  • Safely complete excavation process under overhead restrictions
  • Minimize the ground disturbance leaving as small of a footprint as possible
  • Eliminate potential damage to underground infrastructure
  • Eliminate potential delays due to damage to utilities

There are a few key factors that determine the cost of a Hydro Excavation:


  • The type of excavation that is needed:
    • Potholing (Digging in pre-determined areas)
    • Slot Trenching (Digging in smaller trenches to locate unknowns)
    • Box Digging (Digging in a larger area, in lieu of traditional excavation)
  • Is there water on site?
  • How close is the excavation truck able to get to the site?
  • Is there a disposal place on site?