Earthmoving remains a prevalent step in a vast range of residential projects and this can be credited to the fact that these projects will require land dug up to create space, such as septic tank installation to swimming pool construction, and even the construction of small-scale foundations for secondary structures. But just because this measure is commonplace does not mean that anybody should carry it out. For many homeowners, the main motivation to engage in DIY earthmoving is to save on labour costs, but if you think this would be an economical measure, you would be sorely mistaken. The reality is that DIY earthmoving poses the threat of more harm than good, so it is best to leave this job to trained professionals. Here are critical blunders that you can steer clear of when you hire professional earthmoving services.
Professional earthmoving contractors will consider the type of soil on your property
At the surface, the soil on your property may seem to have the same composition. Hence, if you dig up a small patch of your yard and find sandy soil, you may assume that your entire property comprises this soil type. But you could be incorrect. Soil types will change depending on the depth. Hence, while the layer of topsoil may feel aerated and grainy when you run it through your fingers, there could be clay soil a few metres beneath it. If you start the excavation recess without being completely familiar with the range of soil types your landscape comprises, you stand the chance of running into trouble with rented excavator equipment since the machinery can get stuck in the clay soil or you could damage the machinery by hitting tough, rocky soil. Professional earthmoving contractors are keenly aware of these dangers so they will perform a comprehensive soil test before they embark on this project. If they come across clay soil, for instance, they will perform a vacuum excavation to safely eliminate it.
Professional earthmoving contractors will diminish the risk of cave-ins
The second blunder made by homeowners attempting earthmoving is not being wary of the risk of cave-ins, yet these are a leading threat posed during an earthmoving project. Several factors will increase the risk of a cave-in occurring during this project. Firstly, digging up the earth vertically creates weak walls of soil around the subsequent crater. Applying pressure to these walls, even by simply stepping on the edge, will cause them to collapse. Unfortunately, not only does this negate the earthmoving work done but it puts you at the threat of acquiring severe injuries. Moreover, exposure to moisture will also cause these walls of soil to disintegrate. Earthmoving contractors diminish the risk of cave-ins by carrying out the earthmoving work diagonally, which helps these walls of soil retain a degree of structural soundness. Contact an earthmoving service to learn more.