MC Environmental Services
526 Queensbury Avenue | Queensbury, NY 12804
Phone: 518-615-0349
Fax: 518-615-0355 | Toll Free: 800-451-8984

AIR Vacuum Excavation System Makes a potentially difficult underground tank removal project look easy!

  • Removal of an underground fuel oil tank from a site in downtown Troy, NY required excavation in the area of numerous underground utilities, including gas, electrical, water and telephone lines.
  • Although the fill port was visible, and it was thought to be 500 or 1,000 gallons in volume, the size, precise location and orientation of the underground tank were unknown.
  • After removing the sidewalk using standard excavation equipment, MCES employed AVES – our air vacuum excavation system – to safely dig around the tank fill pipe and adjacent underground utilities, until the top of the tank was visible. MCES again used the AVES to visually locate the opposite end of the tank, thus confirming its size and assuring that it was a safe distance from the nearby water line. From start to finish, the air excavation activities took less than one hour. Dry, soils removed during the process were stored in the truck and later used to backfill the excavation.
  • Thanks to the Air Vacuum Excavation System all sub-surface utilities were efficiently identified and exposed – allowing MCES to safely remove the tank using conventional excavation equipment.
AIR Vacuum Excavation System High pressure air breaks up soils around the fill pipe which are removed via the vacuum hose. Dry soils are transferred to the truck and will later be used as backfill.
AIR Vacuum Excavation System Potholing with the air vacuum excavation system exposes the fill pipe, underground fuel tank and adjacent sub-surface utilities.
AIR Vacuum Excavation System Once underground utilities at both ends of the tank were visually located, the tank could be excavated using conventional equipment.



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