Home Foundation Excavation Basics

Whether you’ve decided to buy land and build a home from the ground up or you’re currently in the process of creating an addition to your existing home, the place any construction project begins is with excavating to put in a solid foundation for your structure to sit on. Without this you’d basically be living on a dirt floor in constant fear of sinking the next time an earthquake struck or rain started to fall. So having your foundation properly installed is a paramount concern in the construction process. And there are several considerations when you start to dig a hole in your lawn. Here are a few basics that should help to see you safely through the process.

In truth, there’s a very good chance you’ll hire professionals to do this job for you, mainly because the average person isn’t qualified to operate the heavy machinery needed to punch a hole in the ground, such as an excavator, a backhoe, a truck loader, and so on (and they’re extremely pricy to rent or own, especially if you use them incorrectly and break them). But even professionals can make mistakes. So you’ll want to make sure they have your wishes in mind at the outset and then you might want to keep an eye on the project as it proceeds.

The place to start is by letting the contractor or foreman know what you want to do with the landscaping that is dug up. If you fail to claim trees, shrubbery, and other plants in the path of destruction, they’ll either be dumped or sold off to a nursery or another interested third party. More likely the former. You can, however, request that trees in particular be salvaged and replanted after the fact, saving you money on landscaping and preserving the natural flora in the area. And even trees that aren’t slated to be torn out need to be protected. Make sure the heavy equipment isn’t driving back and forth over the roots day in and day out.

As for the actual excavation process, it begins with surveying the land to find the best location for your foundation, followed by testing the soil to see if there are any special conditions that might require more suitable soil to be added or alternately, special materials for the foundation. One concern here is that you’re not too close to the soft soil of a streambed or the water table, just for example, potentially compromising the integrity of your structure. And of course, you want to make sure the soil isn’t so rocky that it can’t be dug up. These problems can be addressed, but it could cost you more time and money, so selecting a proper site from the get-go is wise.

Once all of the appropriate tests and planning are complete, the digging can finally begin. You want to make sure your contractor is well aware of building codes concerning the depth of foundations. Digging too deep is a common mistake in home excavation that you want to avoid. In truth, finding a reputable and experienced contractor like Stark Excavating Inc that comes with a long history of excellence and plenty of recommendations from satisfied customers is your best bet. While it’s always good for homeowners to be aware of the work occurring on their property, bringing in knowledgeable and trustworthy experts to hold your hand through the process will help to ensure that the excavation for your home foundation proceeds in a safe, orderly, and appropriate fashion.

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