Residential excavation and dirt grading are both a vital component of the construction and building process. Whenever a large amount of dirt needs moved, residential excavators utilize their professional training in heavy equipment to haul dirt or rock material, preparing a site for building, creating ditches, trenches, driveways, roads, sewers, septic systems, plumbing, electricity lines, gas lines, and drainage systems, as well as other tasks vital to the health and security of the home.
What Is Residential Excavation For?
For most home construction projects, a residential excavation technician accesses the lot and removes the exact amount of soil to create an in-ground swimming pool, a basement, or other foundations. Using a soil compactor to ensure that the soil is firm for building, dirt grading technicians are so precise that they use a level to meet the appropriate grade recommended by the architects and contractors.
When it comes to building a home, the most important rule is that no wood should touch the dirt, and that the home has appropriate weeping systems to ensure water wicks away from the home throughout the year. Residential excavation is key to creating these weeping systems. A heavy machine removes the appropriate amount of dirt, and these channels are filled with gravel or other weeping systems. Oftentimes, a protective layer is added to the foundations of the home.
Not Just For DIY Jobs
Residential excavation equipment is not easy for the general homeowner to use, and oftentimes these machines are expensive to purchase and maintain. Working with a qualified company that uses up-to-date technology to move dirt and create the most efficient and exact dirt grading systems, from building roads and sewers to excavating ditches for septic systems, plumbing, electricity lines, or gas lines, residential excavation is vital to the home.
Hiring a Residential Excavation Team
Before deciding on a residential excavation contractor or a dirt grader, it’s important to do the research. Look for well-trained and qualified professionals with years’ experience, happy customers, and the appropriate insurance and licensing. Have multiple contractors view the project and collect estimates for each contractor. The contractor should follow safety measures and precautions specified by the Occupational and Safety Hazard Association (OSHA). Some states require contractors to have additional bonding and licensures for employees as well as clients, following necessary code guidelines.