When seeking partners for your construction project, a key quality to look for in earthmoving contractors services is a contractor who can supply a range of needed services. There are many different facets of earth removal and scouring the earthmoving contractors listings can be quite daunting. How do you know who is a jack-of-all-trades and who is a master of their trade?
The most reputable companies will have references from previous projects and will be happy to showcase past and current jobs for you to inspect. Many of the services provided by such companies are interlinked and mutually dependent on each other. For this reason it is advisable to hire one company that is proficient in as many aspects of your earthmoving needs as possible.
Here is a basic run-down of eight services that a good all-around earthmoving contractor should be able to assist you with:
In the Clear
Before any grading or earthmoving can begin, all unwanted existing structures and vegetation need to be removed.
- Clearing and grubbing – You want pure soil without refuse or plant matter that could create problems for your foundation later. Removing vegetation, tree stumps, and rubbish is the first move.
- Demolition – When building in an established area, it is often necessary to remove old constructions. This requires thorough work, making sure all old concrete or steel is cleared from the site before new foundations are dug.
- Erosion Control – The bare landscape you are left with after demolition, clearing, and grubbing often needs protection from erosion. This can be done by putting temporary structures in place while construction is underway.
On the Level
Once the land is cleared, the next step is creating the surface needed to construct the architect’s designs.
- Mass Grading and Hauling – This is where the leveling out of the land, or land balancing, takes place. The result is that you have the exact contours needed for the construction of your masterpiece.
- Fine Grading – With the basic shape of the earth in place, it is time to cover the area with suitable material and compact it to just the right density. This creates a firm and stable surface for all the concrete works that will follow.
- Trenching – Trenches for foundations or other underground machinery to be placed are the next order of business. In the case of foundations, you will need someone who really knows their stuff when it comes to backfill. Well-protected and supported foundations are a must for the success of your project.
It may be necessary for more specialized measures to be taken in preparing the base and foundation for your project.
- Detention and Retention Ponds – Where the water table is too high, and excess water or storm water runoff needs to be stored, retention ponds need to be installed. Detention ponds may be needed for temporary holding of excess water before it flows into the main runoff stream.
- Subbase and Aggregate Placement – In areas where there will be vehicle traffic, you will need a good subbase and aggregate foundation before the asphalt or concrete paving is laid.
All eight services work together to create a solid, quality base for you to build your architectural project. If one is not properly executed, the others will suffer for it, and so will your project in the long run. Procuring the services of a reputable earthmoving contractor for all of these steps can save you both time and money. It is worth taking your time to find the right contractor.