Essential Steps to a Successful Excavation Project

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Essential Steps to a Successful Excavation Project

Essential Steps to a Successful Excavation Project

Starting an excavation project prior to construction? Here is what you need to know to make it a success.

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Do you know what seems easy? An excavating contractor's job.

Of course, there should be an emphasis on the word 'seems' because, in reality, there's more to excavation than just hauling dirt around. Excavating involves site preparation, grading, trenching, and other tasks that involve heavy equipment.

Any mistake by the excavation team could mean big problems for the whole construction project. That's why you can't just borrow an excavator and start digging around. You could hit a utility line or cause a cave-in.

Now, if you're starting an excavation project, the good news is there are steps you can take to ensure it's a success. Here, we'll talk about the basics of how to excavate land, plus tips on how to choose the best excavation contractor in your area.

First Things First: What Is Excavation in Construction?

For any type of construction project, the excavating team can't begin working if the site hasn't been surveyed. This is where grading comes in.

Grading involves studying the project site. From soil types to distance to facilities or structures to the slope of the land - grading covers all these things.

The excavating team then designs a plan for the project. This is where they detail the machinery needed for the job, schedules, and so on. After which, they'll get the necessary licenses and permits so they can start developing the site.

Before You Hire a Team for Your Excavation Project

There are certain things you should discuss with your excavation extractor before going ahead with the project. These include erosion and sediment control, as well as clearing and grubbing.

If there are erosion issues, the excavating team has to be ready with mechanical and vegetative measures to control the problem. Otherwise, inspectors could stop the whole project altogether.

Clearing and grubbing, on the other hand, have to do with the disposal of brush, trees, stumps, and roots. There are specific laws and ordinances about this. So it's best to check with your state before burning the cleared objects.

Some Tips for Hiring an Excavation Contractor

Now that you know the essentials for starting an excavation project, the next step is to hire the right excavation contractor.

One factor that will affect your decision is the scale of your project. If you need full-service excavation, you can't hire one that only does septic tank installations, for example.

You'll also want to hire a company that has years of experience and the right equipment for all kinds of excavating jobs. Keep in mind that while it's tempting to hire someone who's offering low rates, what's more important is the quality of the work. Go for a contractor who knows how to meet and exceed industry standards and is licensed, bonded, and insured.

Looking for Excavating Services?

We can help. We provide excavating and grading services at reasonable prices.

For more information on how we can help your upcoming excavation project, don't hesitate to call us at (530) 241-3300. You can also email us at