Excavation - What Types of Services Excavators Do...


A good excavation firm needs to look at the entire project and plan accordingly in order to execute the proper foundation, drainage, utilities and other infrastructure crucial for a good and solid development or building. Excavators deal with everything from foundation digging and grading to soil compaction to proper drainage and erosion control. Excavation needs to be carefully planned and discussed early on. As a result, this ensures a solid and long-lasting building, road or entire housing developments.


Site excavation includes digging, grading, compaction and drainage. These services are meant to prepare the construction site for new buildings and roads. Excavators will use laser levels or, transits, or GPS systems attached to their equipment to grade out the building’s precise foundation followed by good compaction so the land can handle the weight of the new structure. In addition,, excavators will need to be even more involved in certain landscapes such as hills and rocky areas. In these areas excavators will need the tools to form the site’s landscape by flattening unwanted inclines, create tiers using retaining walls or other attractive means of dealing with unlevel terrain and then optimizing the direction of water drainage on the site.


Underground utilities are an important for any building or roadway. Proper installation requires a professional excavator who is skilled and precise. Certain utilities include sewer systems, storm drainage, water mains, and retention systems for above ground or underground use. Installing utilities requires digging the trenches to laying and connecting pipes but, can also include repairing old or outdated systems. Not only that but excavators must also be careful as to not disrupt any existing utilities that could potentially affect other structures or developments.


Albeit, there are many things that go into creating new, or enhancing older roadways. From earthmoving, utilities, and drainage to concrete structures and paving, these services all fall under the umbrella of many excavators. Another important factor lies beneath the paved surface of a road.  Basically what is below the asphalt is just as important as the asphalt or concrete we drive on. A stable foundation with bumps leveled and dips filled, dense and compressed dirt, and properly designed drainage is essential for a long-lasting road.


From wind to the rainwater running off built environments, excavators can implement various practices to help prevent everything from water pollution to soil loss as well as property loss. In some areas, erosion control is mandated by local cities or counties. Furthermore, excavators need to have at least a basic understanding of these mandated nuances, as well as knowing how to present solutions. Barriers and retention basins are just a couple methods of solving soil erosion. In addition to fixing erosion problems, these methods will also help keep pollutants out of water and keep the landscaping as it was intended to look.


Obviously, not every site comes prepped for construction. Furthermore, some sites require more work than others before construction work can begin. Regardless of whether a site requires additional demolition, clearing vegetation or extra grading, a competent excavator can turn an existing site from any condition into a site primed for and ready for construction. As mentioned before, it is important for excavators to clear land safely and efficiently in addition to the proper disposal of the debris.


All in all, these services all contribute to providing a safe and stable foundation ready for any project. As mentioned prior, it does not matter how well or beautiful or expertly crafted a building or road was built, if it was not prepped properly on solid ground, it will fail. Lastly, excavators play an important role in the construction process, including, project planning, digging and grading dirt to installing utilities and prepping and building roads.
If you have questions about local excavation services, or you need a quote for your next project, feel free to give us a call at 435-708-1442