If you are planning a new construction, whether one of the simple ground floor home additions that homeowners across the country often contemplate or a more ambitious project that involves the building of a completely new property, you are going to need to excavate the proposed site beforehand. Excavation contractors may not have the most glamorous jobs in the construction industry and they rarely get their fair share of glory whenever a new building has been completed but they provide an essential service nonetheless. If you have ever wondered exactly what they do or you would like to know why you will need to find one to help with your new project, the rest of this article will hopefully answer your questions.
What Excavation Contractors Do
This is not an exhaustive list but it will give you a good idea of what these contractors do on building sites across Canada and all around the world.
- Trenching – One of the most important jobs that excavation contractors perform is the digging of foundation trenches prior to the construction of a new building. Without a solid foundation on which to rest, most new buildings of any appreciable size would slowly subside into the surrounding soil, causing the walls to crack and eventually threatening the overall structural integrity of the whole edifice. In some cases you may need to hire demolition contractors as well, to clear your site before excavation work can begin although you may find one firm, such as ours, that can handle both tasks with ease.
- Swimming Pool Excavations – Some people say that a swimming pool is nothing more than a large hole in the ground and whilst any self-respecting pool contractor will tell you otherwise, it is certainly true that a good swimming pool starts off with a decent-sized hole in the ground. If you haven’t already guessed, the people to call when you want to excavate a large hole in your yard are of course your friendly, local excavation contractors.
- Exploration – On sites where it is believed that historically important artefacts may lie under the surface of the soil or that there may be hidden dangers making construction on the land inadvisable, you will normally need to excavate before you can proceed with your building project. In cases such as these, it will be necessary to hire a team of experienced excavators who can complete the work in a safe and sympathetic manner.
- Ditches for Utilities – When new gas or water lines need to be laid, excavation contractors can dig the necessary trenches. In some cases, the local utility company will do the work but in others, you will need to hire your own excavation team.
We hope that the above has given you some idea of what contractors who specialise in excavation work may do during an average working week. If you have any questions about excavating or you would like to find out more about our services, please call during business hours or email us at any time.