Are you building a property? Maybe you are landscaping your property to create a more attractive view from your home. There might be practical reasons to reshape the land to create a more nature-friendly environment, or to make better use of the available space. Whatever your plans may be, some excavation work will probably be needed before the job can be completed. You might think that excavation is simple, but it isn't always that straightforward. Getting the excavation right can be central to completing the whole landscaping job quickly and to the highest standards. Here are three things to consider before arranging for any excavation work on your property.
Where are you excavating?
A common type of excavation is the 'cut and fill' trench, at other times you may want to carry out dredging work or to excavate a basement. The skills required in each of these cases will vary and the equipment needed will also be different. You must discuss your requirements with your chosen excavation company, and they may want to visit the site to determine the best equipment to use, and whether there is suitable site access for their machinery.
What material will be moved?
In general terms, it's easy to think of excavation as the creation of a big hole, but there is more to the process than that. Excavation can involve the removal or transfer of large amounts of material. Sometimes, you will be moving topsoil, and at other times it could be debris or rock that must be moved. The equipment and skills needed for the excavation work could vary depending on the material being moved. Scraping away the topsoil and removing any vegetation on the site will need much lighter equipment than breaking up and removing large rocks from the ground.
Are any problems anticipated?
In an ideal world, you could just dig down into the ground and pull up whatever must be moved, but things are rarely that simple. It is common for an excavation company to encounter difficulties during the process. It might be that the ground is waterlogged, or that there is rock close below the surface that must be broken up into more manageable sections before it can be removed from the site. Arranging for the excavation company to conduct a site inspection can enable them to understand the problems they may face and provide you with a realistic schedule and quotation for completing the excavation work.
For more information on excavation, contact a professional near you.