Working With A Contractor To Prepare A Site For Building

Posted on: 14 February 2020

Building on a site that has never had a structure on it before can require a lot of preparation. Clearing, leveling, and excavating on the site are all part of the dirt work services that you may need to consider, and having a qualified team to do the work is the best way to ensure that any dirt work is done correctly. 

Clearing the Land

Depending on what vegetation is on the land and how much of it needs removing, you may need a crew that can cut trees, remove stumps, and remove brush from the site. Be sure to explain to the contractor what you want to remove, and if there are specific trees or areas of vegetation that you want to be left alone, make sure those areas are well defined. If there are areas that are being left in place to provide future landscaping, hiring a contractor that is just going to come in and slash everything is not what you want.

Often, the clearing will involve an excavator and bulldozer to remove large rocks and stumps from the ground and level the ground. Hiring a company that has a lot of experience with site preparation is the best way to ensure that the job is done right, so start by looking for companies that offer dirt work for jobs like yours.

Foundation and Site Preparation

Preparing the site for the foundation, and septic system if you are installing one, is another part of the dirt work that needs critical attention. An elevation change or pitch that is off even a little can cause significant problems when building the structure on the site. A grade that is off could allow water to run back into the foundation, and over the long term, the water will damage the concrete and blocks used in the foundation. 

For projects that will have a septic system on the property, the grade being off could affect the flow of the system and cause future problems with drain fields and septic lines that do not drain properly. The dirt work for the site is one of the most critical aspects of the job, and hiring a contractor with an excellent reputation for quality work is essential to getting the job done right.

Drainage Work

If you need to have a drainage system around the property, putting it in while the dirt work is in progress is also a good idea. The contractor that is handling your dirt work can dig the trenches and help ensure the drainage system has the right drop or fall to ensure the system works properly.