The cost for fill dirt, can have devastating affects on your project budget.
Haul Off / Exporting
The cost of hauling excavated spoils can pose a huge expense with your project. Be sure to explore all options open to you. Generally, you will need a loader and operator and full size dump trucks to maintain efficiency and keep costs in line with current market trends. You always want:
- The loader operator working efficiently all day
- The loader operator must have sufficient trucks on hand to maximize his efficiency for removal of material
- Dump trucks need to be loaded in 15 minutes upon arrival of the job site
- So you need 8 hours x 4 trucks per hour, 25 – 32 loads hauled off in one day.
- This work load allows you to reduce the cost of the loader and operator
- You must have the dump trucks lined up for maximum efficiency and project cost management
- Get a dependable dump truck service
- Don’t get the cheap guy, they often will not have the amount of trucks you need for haul off
- You must be sure to get all the trucks you need for the day
- Get that material off site
- Reliable service
- Clean material
- Unscreened fill dirt will have rocks and other debris from project excavation, especially with new home construction
- Screened fill dirt is great material for fine / shallow depression landscaping
- Topsoil is great for top dressing when using seed and straw
- I recommend unscreened or screen fill dirt when applying sod
Often times I have run across new home builders who do all the building work, however do not provide site work, excavation or dump truck hauling. It has been my experience, many home owners become shocked with the fees associated with this important facet of new home construction. When scouting for a site work provider, be sure:
- Check references
- Get a certificate of insurance
- Find out how many cubic yards need to be excavated
- How many yards do you need for backfill and grading
- Do not removal all the dirt
- Importing of material can get expensive
- Consolidate all the material for removal
- Call in for dump trucks and get this haul off work done efficiently
- Make sure all of your erosion and sediment controls are in place
It has been my experience that many new pool contractors, do not want to include pricing for the removal of the excavated material. This is often a big expense. When pool contractors do not include this cost, the new pool installation price is more inviting. Make sure you get estimates for the dirt haul off, before you sign up for a new pool installation project.
When it comes to the import or export of fill dirt, make sure your deliveries are provided in a manner that will meet your budget criteria. You want to make sure you haul off or haul in the dirt material quickly, has to avoid additional costs for machine and operators.
Get confirmation, the unscreened fill dirt is from:
- New home construction
- Large site work projects
- Excavation sites
- Grading sites
Unscreened fill dirt, when coming from numerous locations will not have uniformity in color and material make up.
Tested Dirt Material / Proctor
Compactable Fill Dirt
This material often contains sand and clay, which is used under driveways, sidewalks and backfill around foundations
Unscreened fill dirt is great for backfill. This application of this material often times has deep depressions, where larger material can be placed into voids.
When grading and or landscaping areas with deep depressions, unscreened fill dirt can be the answer to your project. This material is often times less expensive and easier to locate. When you call in for delivery, make sure you have loader and machine or laborers on site to get the work done quickly.
Shallow Depressions and Grading
This situation will require the use of a refined material. Often times this material is processed through a dirt screening machine. The use of screened fill dirt or screened topsoil will be determined by the result you want.
When back filling a retaining wall, unscreened fill dirt may be the answer. Again, this material is less expensive than the refined and processed material. One special note, sometimes, you may need to import approved and tested material. This is especially true with engineered walls, under the supervision of a structural engineer.
Marine clay is an expansive soil. This material is prevalent in Alexandria, VA and parts of Arlington, VA. This is an expansive soil. The properties of expansion and contraction can have dire affects on the foundation of homes and buildings. When this material is present, I highly recommend the removal of the material from your job site.
Dirt Connections was started with one goal in mind: providing quality residential and commercial construction services to clients on time and on budget. Reach out for more information on how we can support your next project.
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