Before Excavating: Three Site Tasks

21 June 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Rock excavation can be necessary for a residential home where the owner wants to build a garden, or it can be vital for a construction contractor trying to clear their site before building construction. If you don't have an excavator for your needs, you can partner with an excavation company that will gladly clear your property or site of all the large rocks in the area. However you've got to handle the tasks below before the excavator shows up.

Examine the Site

Because the excavator and its operator will be focused on the rocks in the soil, you may not think of the power lines or tree branches that are hanging in the air. However, it is vital that these things are dealt with so that they don't hinder the machine or affect how high the excavator is allowed to lift its bucket. You should look critically at your site for anything that could interfere with the excavator. 

If you do notice overhead obstructions, be sure that you schedule time to address them before the excavator arrives at your site. For instance, if you see large branches that could interfere with the excavator's work, schedule tree-trimming right away. You should also be looking for bushes and high grass that need to be addressed. You might need to have the bushes moved until excavation is done.

Call Utility Companies

Just as you think about things above ground which could get in the way of smooth excavation, you should also consider pipes, wires, and other below-ground things that could create problems. If the excavator hits anything underground it could ruin service for multiple residences and commercial buildings in the nearby vicinity. If you don't want to be the cause of that, you'll need to immediately contact utility services. Whether you dial 811, as is appropriate in many jurisdictions, or make a list of providers in the area and contact each one by one, this must be done. They will notify you and mark any of their lines on the site.

Mark Sites for Excavation

It's one thing to describe to the excavator operator where the rocks are that you want to remove, but to make less room for error, mark the specific sites yourself. Whether you use chalk or must use small flags, some type of marking will ensure that there's no confusion.

With these pointers, the rock excavator should be able to take up rocks without trouble. Ask the excavator company staff for more site-related guidance before work starts.