4 Important Excavation Tips For New Homes

27 August 2021
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If you purchased a plot of land and are planning on building a new home there, you will need to excavate the land to get it ready for the construction project. When it comes to excavating with the intention of building a home on a piece of land, there are a few things you should do to get things right.

1. Survey the Site

Before you start the excavation, survey the property. This will help ensure that you move soil around within the boundaries of the property. This will also help ensure that your excavations plans are the right ones for the plot of land that you have. Additionally, a detailed survey will help you better understand the angel of your land. What looks like flat land could have a slop that you will need to deal with. You need to understand the intricates of the land to get the excavation right.

2. Test the Soil

Don't assume that you know what the soil will be like on your property just by looking at it. Make sure you test the soil so that you know what you are working with. The type of soil on your property is going to impact how you should excavate the property. You need solid soil to base your home's foundation on, and as such, it's important that you test for any minerals that could compromise the foundation of your future home.

3. Mark Utility Lines

Third, you will want to find out where all the utility lines are located on your property. For this, work with your utility services to identify where any water, power, or gas lines are located on your property. It is essential to know where all of these lines are located so that damage to the lines can be avoided during the excavation process. They may be digging deep, so you need to know where the lines are to avoid hitting or work on moving them.

4. Learn About Water Table

Fourth, you should learn about the water table height in your area. If the water table height is shallow, you could end up with groundwater pooling in the area. You are going to want to avoid digging down far enough to damage the water table. If you hit the water table at all, you will need to install a temporary pump to get rid of the water while excavating the site.

When it comes to excavating a site for a new home, you are going to want to get a survey, test the soil, mark utility lines, and learn about the water table so you can dig the land in the best possible way to assist with the future construction of your new home. To learn more, contact an excavation service