How does the excavation process work?

Updated: Aug 3

Dirt moving is a boring job, but don't tell any kids who loved their Tonka Trucks that it was boring. We have to admit that excavation is an essential part of any site development. Stable, precise excavation is the key to solid foundations and beautiful, well-built homes.


What is Excavation?

Excavation refers to the removal of earth, rock, or other materials to build a foundation for your home. Each building site is different and requires different preparations to make the foundation. These are the steps that you might need to take when excavating your home site.

1. Site Clearing: This will eliminate any trees or other plants from your site, as well as rocks and boulders.

2. Home Site Staking: After clearing the site, the home site will need to be staked to indicate where the foundation will go. The future home will have markers placed at the corners. The diagonal measurement and verification of length and width will also be done.

3. Site Prep: To ensure that vegetation is removed and drainage is properly added, the staked areas are dug out. Footers can be placed around the foundation slab. Trenches may also be dug below it.

4. Slab Support Material and Drainage: Gravel will then be laid, and drainage pipes installed.

5. Trenching: Trenches are dug to support the sewer drainage pipes.

6. Driveway Excavation: Trees, boulders, and other plants will all be removed and gravel used to level out the area for driveway construction.

Excavation Geelong can be a crucial step in the building process and can have a significant impact on a budget. It is important to understand what you are buying before you buy property. If you already own property, it is also crucial to know where the best place for your home is.

Selecting an Excavator

Hire a licensed and bonded professional excavator and get multiple references. An excavator must be familiar with your local climate, soils, building codes, and plumbing. This person should also be able to:

1. To ensure compliance with drainage codes and codes, it is important to establish all necessary grades for your sites, such as excavation, backfill, driveway, rain-drain, natural, and sewage disposal.

2. be aware of the required foundation depth, backfill, final grade, and other requirements as per the building codes. If necessary, excavate the site for a "stepped foundation".

3. You should be able to excavate your site to within 3 inches of the level.

4. Over excavated area, apply aggregate "all-weather" surface layer.

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