A Guide on Residential Excavation


Do you intend to conduct excavation works in your home? Could be you need to build a foundation for a new structure, conduct landscaping works or build a drainage system. Below is an excerpt discussing how to conduct residential excavation works. 

Consider the following when planning residential excavation works: 

  • Are there any laws that prohibit excavation works? For instance, zoning regulations and strata bylaws could prohibit you from interfering with your property frontage. Besides, you could be prohibited from using loud plant machines at night. 
  • Assess the site risks. For instance, could be the works will interfere with underground utilities such as gas, water and electric lines. Rocks and unstable soils such as clay and peat could also complicate the excavation works.
  • Is the area accessible to plant equipment? For example, you could be concerned that plant equipment will damage your pavements and driveway. If this is the case, you will have to look for an alternative route.
  • Determine the scope of your work. For instance, how deep or wide will you need to excavate? How will you dispose of the soil? It helps you approximate the time required to complete the project. 

The project specifications and site conditions will determine the type of excavator and attachments you should hire. For instance, lightweight Bobcats are ideal if you are concerned about access and damage to existing installations since they can work in constricted spaces. You will need an excavator with a long-reach if you intend to dig a few meters below. These excavators are also an ideal choice if the area you will excavate is not accessible. Backhoe loaders are multi-functional since they can dig, load, and carry materials at the site.

Other than the excavator bucket, determine which attachments you'll need for the project. For instance, a grappler will help you uproot and move tree stumps. On the other hand, a breaker will help you crush rocks at the site. 

When hiring an excavator, inspect the equipment before it arrives at your home. Look out for worn-out tires, transmission, braking, hydraulic and electrical problems. You should also examine the company's terms of hire and figure out whether they will impose a daily or hourly rate. Some companies will ask you to provide an operating licence if you wish to hire a dry excavator. 

Remember to be safe at the site. For instance, you should not use the equipment during heavy rains. Besides, observe the excavator's weight limits. Beware of site hazards and barricade the area you intend to excavate. For more tips, contact excavating services. 


8 February 2021

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