Excavation Tips And Recommendations For Successful Dirt Work

Posted on: 18 March 2020

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Doing your own yard dirt work and excavation is a task that many homeowners choose to handle on their own. If you are considering your own excavation project to update and make improvements to your yard, be sure you have the right equipment and follow recommended safety protocol to keep you from harm. Here are some recommendations to help you succeed with your yard excavations and updates.

Complete Full Preparation

Before you ever dig within your yard, you want to make sure to complete the proper amount of research so you know what is buried beneath the soil of your yard. Just because the soil is situated within your own property, local utility lines and cables for you and your neighbors may be set within the soil. And it is essential you find out where they are before you take the risk of cutting off power to your own home or your neighbor's, or breaking a natural gas line and putting the area at risk of a gas leak and the risk of explosion.

Contact your local utility companies to have them mark off their utility lines within your yard. You can do this by dialing 411 on your phone, which will request utility line marks for all utility companies that have lines buried in your yard. And be sure you do this at least a couple of weeks before your work to give each company time to send out a technician. It might be helpful for you to mark out your work area in your yard with waterproof paint so each utility technician will know where you plan to work. Otherwise, they will mark the lines throughout your entire yard.

Manage Your Dirt Work Movement

Once you are ready to safely excavate within your yard, set out a tarp nearby where you can collect the soil from your excavation site. If you set the tarp on a nearby plot of soil or concrete, this will prevent your lawn from dying due to the weight of the tarp and soil.

Whether you are digging soil to pour a new concrete slab, install fence posts, frame and pour landscape curbing, or install an in-ground pool, you need to determine how much soil you will be displacing during the excavation and if you will need to relocate the soil permanently after the work is done. For example, if you are excavating soil to install a trampoline below ground, you won't need the soil once it has been excavated.

Contact a local landscaping company to have them take the soil from you, or you can distribute the soil throughout your yard to supplement your yard's slope. If you have hired an excavation company to do the soil excavation, they will handle the soil's removal and follow safety protocol during the excavation of a large amount of soil.

To learn more about excavators, reach out to a construction company near you.