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Excavating For Your Foundation

Excavating For Your Foundation

It goes without saying that when you first see the heavy earth movers begin the work of excavating for your foundation, there’s a lot of excitement in the air. Though, you can quickly begin to wonder if the landscape will ever look normal again. Rest assured, that it is not only the goal of your builder, but ours as well, to get the foundation work done as safely and effectively as possible, leaving behind a place that will support your structure without fail.

With anything – and excavation is no exception – there are issues that can come up. For instance:

High water tables
This time of year allows you to maximize the building season, however in Toledo, we typically get inundated with spring rains. This causes the water table to be high and can create problems when it comes to excavating for your foundation.

Normally, high water tables aren’t a big issue. It becomes a factor when the hole for your foundation is being excavated, or trenching begins for utility lines. As the digging gets near the level of the table, water will fill the bottom of your newly excavated property. This creates two big problems in relationship to safety and quality.

In some cases, it is necessary to dig supportive trenches or deep wells to force the water elsewhere, allowing us to continue the job. When it comes to unpredictable water discoveries, we have methods to deal with them, which can avoid difficulties down the road.

Soil that doesn’t quite measure up
Some soil just doesn’t play well with the excavation process. One of the biggest headaches is that, depending upon the moisture and make-up of the soil, sometimes it can cave back into the hole. Every type of soil requires a different method of handling the excavation process.

Even in Toledo, and the surrounding areas, you can find different soil compositions. Some areas are a bit more sandy, others have harder type of clay, and in other areas are more like silt. With a bit of soil analysis beforehand, most issues can be pre-empted.

On rare, and more unpleasant occasions, you can run into soil that contains completely unknown items. This could be anything from rotting vegetation to man-made caves. Though unique, these cases require immediate attention. Yes, they will add to the bottom line of your overall construction project, but they absolutely must be addressed so you know you are building on a solid, safe piece of ground.

It may seem like the work will never be completed, but we can assure you that our team of professionals will make sure that your excavation project will be done with quality and reliability. Remember, soon our heavy equipment will be gone, and in its place, will be your completed home or building.


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  • Dennis Sanchez
    August 15, 2019, 3:48 pm REPLY

    I thought it was interesting that you mentioned that in excavation, you shouldn’t be surprised when issues occur. Excavation isn’t something that is familiar to me but I do know that most foundations for homes have to be dug pretty deep. I’d be interested in learning about what other kinds of things professional earthmovers do.

  • Braden Bills
    October 25, 2019, 11:52 am REPLY

    I just bought a piece of land, and I’m planning on building a house with a basement here. It makes sense that I would want to get a professional to help with excavating it. They would be able to determine if the soil here can even handle a basement.

  • Bryson Owens
    December 19, 2019, 1:30 pm REPLY

    It’s great that excavation services are well prepared for water emergencies and they know how to reroute the water. My wife and I want to build a new barn on our property so that we can store our machines and have a place to work on projects. I don’t know how to excavate the land properly so it will be really helpful to hire professionals.

  • Bryson Owens
    December 26, 2019, 1:56 pm REPLY

    I really appreciate you explaining that it’s common to find different types of soil in different areas. My brother is trying to build a guesthouse/workshop on his property but he needs some help. We can’t excavate the land so hopefully, we can find a contractor that will help us with that job soon.

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