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Excavation Tips: What you need to know!
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 • Posted August 24, 2012 9:57 AM

Whether you are building a new home or making some kind of addition while remodeling, chances are that you will have to do some excavating during the process to make sure that everything is where it needs to be. Excavation is one of the most important steps in building any structure because it provides the base for the foundation and everything that will go on top of it. Here are some tips that will help you make the best choices in your excavation.

One of the first and most important steps you should take is to inform yourself about what the legal requirements are for the kind of project you are undertaking. If you are building a home, you will need proper building permits and periodic inspections by trained professionals to make sure that everything is done properly and safely. This may also be the case if you are adding on to a house or even adding something like a small shed or playhouse in the yard. Some problems that can arise from bad excavation are drainage problems, uneven foundations, and foundation cracks or settling and any number of associated effects.

When you are building a home or adding on, make sure you know where the exact boundaries of your property are so you don't build on someone else's land. They are legally entitled to take down anything that is on their land, regardless of who put it there.

It is also important to consider the easements that are placed on a property by utility companies so they can access and service any infrastructure belonging to them. They have the legal right to use these easements and to go on your property for maintenance issues. If something has been built in their way, they can, and will, tear it down to accomplish what they need to and are not required to rebuild or reimburse the costs of doing this.

If you are going to be digging, especially to any significant depth, it is essential that you check for underground networks such as sewer, power or cable lines, sprinkler system, septic tanks, etc. Digging into one of these could constitute a very serious problem and could cost a great deal to repair or replace.

It is also important to have the right tools to stay safe and spend the time as efficiently as possible. If you are going to be digging a very large hole, it is probably bet to rent something made for doing such a task. It will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

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