Excavation projects can be common, but they will still require a homeowner to undertake effective planning and preparation steps. More precisely, a homeowner will find that there are a few steps that are essential regardless of the scope of the excavation project that they are undertaking.
Prior to removing large amounts of soil, a site assessment should be conducted. This assessment will allow the excavation contractor to assess the condition of the soil and the terrain. Depending on the property, the excavation work could result in stability issues and substantial erosion. Another complication that could arise will be water pooling or other drainage issues as a result of the change in terrain. An assessment will give a contractor the opportunity to determine the likelihood of this outcome along with the steps that may help to minimize these complications. These problems can be particularly common for those with fairly loose soil, but these issues can impact any type of soil consistency or terrain type.
Marking where all of the utilities are buried on your property can be a step that will dramatically reduce the risk of accidental damage occurring to these lines during the excavation work. Fortunately, many utility companies will mark these lines for little or no cost, which can allow your excavation work to be completed with the minimum risk of accidental damage occurring. Arranging for this work to be done as soon as possible can help to avoid the risk of the utility line marking delaying the excavation work and the rest of the project. Failing to get these utility lines marked can result in you being personally liable for the repairs and disruptions that result from the damage to the buried utility.
Clearing The Area
Prior to the excavation work starting, the area will have to be cleared of any debris or items that may be able to interfere with the contractors or their equipment. In addition to removing yard decorations, furniture, or other items from the area that is being excavated, you will also want to clear a path for their equipment. During the initial assessment, the contractor will be able to help notify you as to the amount of space that may need to be cleared for the equipment. Luckily, if your excavation project is relatively small, the equipment may be much easier to maneuver into position without needing to make major changes to the property.
For more information, contact an excavating contactor company.