If you start strong, you finish strong.
The proverb is fit for the construction industry. If you want a strong building, you need to build a strong foundation that can support the weight of the building. And for that, you need to get rid of unnecessary materials such as grit, rocks, etc.
For a strong foundation, excavation process is necessary. It is done by a specialist called excavation contractor. He moves soil (or dirt), rocks, and other materials so that the elevation is correct for the building. He also ensures that the earth is solid enough to support the weight of the building.
What is the Work of an Excavation Contractor?
1. Site preparation
It is the first and the foremost step before beginning any excavation work. It involves stripping/clearing the land of undergrowth, twigs, trees, stumps, and shrubs. The contractor removes the soil in order to achieve the required depth for the new foundation. He ensures that the soil is firm through compaction with equipment. It is usually done by performing compaction tests.
Having a perfectly level base for the foundation of the building is obviously important. The contractor performs the grading process to level soil or material for base for construction of buildings, roadways, parking lot base, driveway base, etc. The reasons for undertaking the process of grading are:
>> To control soil erosion;
>> To remove excess water and moisture from the soil;
>> To create a more suitable site for building a home, condominium, warehouse, etc.
Excavation contractor also handles heavy equipment such as large front-end loaders, bulldozers, backhoes, compactors, trenchers and skid steers.
Benefits of hiring an Excavation Contractor
1. Saving time
He has the proper equipment required to do the job right. Even if you think you know how to operate excavation vehicles, the job will take more time than you have judged, in case you have not operated them before. An excavator contractor will arrive, do the job with complete ease and accuracy, clean up, and leave in no time.
An excavation contractor will know what to do with underground materials such as water, gas as well as electrical lines. He will help you with getting in touch with the authorities. It will ensure that the waste materials are taken care of before the project begins. Even for smaller projects, he will take utmost care to finish off the work accurately.
3. Money matters
An excavation contractor can provide you with a detailed schedule and cost breakdown for the project. It would include any additional costs that you might not have considered. It will also eliminate unexpected expenditures that often come along a DIY project. It is a good idea to get a few quotes from different contractors before making your decision. It is advisable to compare each estimate. Ask the contractors about their pricing, especially if you notice drastic imbalance in costs from one contractor to the other.
When you hire an excavation contractor, you must always consider his expertise. Be sure to evaluate his skills on different aspects of the excavation work. A good excavation contractor will not only have command over his job but will also be able to guide you on other aspects related to construction work.
An excavation contractor ensures that you start off the construction work on the right foot. If you want to build a sturdy concrete structure, contact Pour Concrete. Toronto’s best general contractor is experienced in building new structures as well repairing foundation with epoxy injections.