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14 Mar Posted by in Blog, Excavation | Comments Off on How Sinkholes are Repaired

How Sinkholes are Repaired

Dangerous SinkholesSinkholes are not unusual in some parts of America. Wherever a sinkhole appears, the situation is dangerous, especially if the hole is located on your property. Here are the steps you need to take to repair a sinkhole. Be warned, you should seriously consider hiring a professional do to the work of sinkhole repair. This is not a job for beginners.

The first step is to view into the sinkhole. If possible, you want to know what type of material rotted away, leaving a void that became a sinkhole. It could be trash, or old rotten wood in the sinkhole. The wood could have been left by construction workers or it could be the remains of the stump and roots of a tree. You need to remove any debris that is visible.

Then, using a spade, work straight back from one point, away from the hole. Carefully remove any turf, saving it for later. Push soil down into the sinkhole. As your work backwards you will eventually get to more solid ground. Repeat this in a least four other points, equally spaced around the hole. This process defines the sinkhole boundaries.

Then you start putting fill dirt into the hole. Use long poles to tamp the soil as much as much as possible. Water should be liberally sprayed on top of the new soil in the hole. This helps settle the new soil as much as possible.

The filling process continues until the hole is filled within about six inches of the bottom of turf in your lawn. Then you put topsoil over the compacted fill dirt. The last part of the repair is to replace the turf. Make sure the area is well watered. Mark the area as a hazard and keep anyone from walking over the repair work area for at least a week.

Remember, the process of sinkhole repair can be dangerous. It is best to hire a professional to do the work. They have access to the right type of fill dirt and the experience to do the job safely.

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14 Feb Posted by in Blog, Excavation | Comments Off on Top Reasons for Excavations

Top Reasons for Excavations

Excavation is the process of digging up the ground for a foundation or repair, typically in construction projects. The top reasons for excavations are familiar to a lot of people, especially people who had a lot of building projects completed on their property. The most common reason for an excavation is to prepare a space for the foundation of a new home. The excavation process is the first step in preparing a lot for construction, and professional excavation is needed to make sure the ground is strong enough for the home.

The second most common reason an excavation might be needed is for a foundation repair. Quite often, after a home has been built, there are issues with a home’s foundation. If the foundation on a home begins to sink, a foundation repair company will use excavation to get underneath the house and place supports below the foundation. This process is known as piering.

The third most common reason someone may need to use an excavation service is to further develop an undeveloped property. Excavation is used in the process of digging a well for water on properties that don’t have access to a main water source. Through the process of excavation, a property owner can access water and have it for a new home or to feed crops or animals.

Excavation is used in a variety of other ways, including to repair and provide support for bridge beams and for other large structures. Professional excavation plays a major role in the infrastructure and building of any community.

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21 Dec Posted by in Blog, Excavation | Comments Off on Step By Step Residential Dirt Removal

Step By Step Residential Dirt Removal

Dirt RemovalDirt that is piled high on a property is not an appealing sight. The debris could be left over from new construction or a home improvement project. Any number of situations can leave mounds of extra dirt. It is difficult to get rid of it and it just gets in the way. This is the time to call a professional dirt removal company. Free up space and get rid of useless dirt that drags down landscape appearance. Contact the experts and rid any property of excess dirt quickly and easily.

Sometimes there is so much dirt left over from a project that it is difficult to know where to put it. It is usually a lot more than can be handled by just a shovel. This is where the professionals come in handy. Dirt removal services specialize in handling large amounts of dirt and debris. They use specialized equipment such as bulldozers, backhoes and other mechanized equipment to remove debris fast and at affordable rates. It is always a good idea to contact a dirt removal service when faced with mounds of dirt and waste debris.

Contact a dirt removal team right now and eliminate piles of throwaway soil and dirt. A crew of dedicated professionals will dispatch quickly to any location. They use tough machines to break up large debris and scoop away excess earth in just a short time. The best dirt removal company will make sure the debris is removed and the landscape is returned to normal. Debris is then hauled away to a junkyard, repository or another site that can make better use of the leftover material. A dirt removal company is the best option for all homes that want everything handled right. Contact the experts today to free up space and see the difference immediately.

06 Dec Posted by in Blog, Excavation | Comments Off on How To Determine How Much Fill Dirt Is Needed For Your Project

How To Determine How Much Fill Dirt Is Needed For Your Project

Fill DirtBeing able to determine the amount of fill dirt you need for your construction project can save you money, and keep you from having a huge mound of leftover dirt. Luckily, all you need to do is take a few measurements and do a quick calculation to find out how much fill dirt you need.

1. Measure the length and width, in feet, of the space you want to fill.
Ex. 42′ by 50′

2. Determine the area, or total square footage, of the space. To do this, multiply the length times the width.
Ex. 42′ x 50′ = 2,100 square feet

3. Fill dirt is sold in cubic yards. To convert your square footage into cubic yards, first divide your square footage by 1000, and then multiply your result by 3. Your result tells you how many cubic yards will fill 1 inch of depth.
Ex. 2,100 / 1000 = 2.1 ; 2.1 x 3 = 6.3 cubic yards

4. Multiply your cubic yardage by the inches of depth you need to fill.
Ex. For a two-inch depth: 6.3 x 2 = 12.6 cubic yards

5. Add a little extra as a margin of error. An extra cubic yard is a good starting point, but if your fill area has an irregular shape, two extra cubic yards of fill dirt can’t hurt.

29 Nov Posted by in Blog, Excavation | Comments Off on The Hazard of Excavating: Professionals Required

The Hazard of Excavating: Professionals Required

ExcavationWhen homeowners and small-business owners attempt projects such as digging a trench for plumbing or removing dirt for a new swimming pool or basement, they expose themselves or their employees to several hazards.

The most common hazard at any excavation site is a cave-in. They can occur suddenly and silently. If a worker is in the site when the cave-in occurs, serious injury or even death can result within minutes due to the crushing weight of the soil.

A cave-in is the result of a sudden downward and inward shift of the soil from the walls of the excavation. Sometimes, the walls will collapse if the excavation is done in soil that is unstable or in soil that was previously disturbed. Other times, if there is too much weight from machinery or excavated soil near the edge of the site, the walls can shift and collapse.

Another hazard of excavation is breaking underground service lines. Utilities such as gas, water or electric are often buried at varying depths and are not clearly marked. A local utility locator company must be called before the excavation begins to determine their exact location. Once located, utility lines must be carefully exposed and modified as necessary. The consequences of disrupting a gas or electric line can be fatal.

While there are many building projects suited to do-it-yourselfers, excavation is not one of them. Excavating professionals have experience with all soil types and can deal with any kind of digging danger. They use special safety techniques and have the right equipment for every phase of excavation. Excavating is a job best left to the professionals.

02 Oct Posted by in Blog, Excavation, Tree Removal | Comments Off on 5 Symptoms of a Sick or Dead Tree

5 Symptoms of a Sick or Dead Tree

5 Symptoms of a Sick or Dead Tree

Dead TreeDecaying trees can not only be unsightly, they can also be dangerous. Falling limbs can cause expensive damage to structures and landscaping. During stormy or windy weather, a toppled tree can crash through homes and even cause injury or death. To prevent these problems, homeowners should carefully inspect their property’s trees for signs of a sick or dying tree. Look for symptoms dead tree removal experts recommend, such as issues with the leaves, branches, trunk, bark and root system.

1. Leaf Symptoms
One of the first symptoms a homeowner might notice that signal a sick tree is excessive leaf drop. Of course, deciduous and even some conifers drop leaves and needles according to their natural seasonal cycle. However, a tree that suddenly loses many of its leaves in spring or summer is likely to be sick. Leaves that stay attached but are discolored and shriveled before autumn are another symptom of sickness.

2. Branch Symptoms
In addition to falling leaves, falling branches are another sign that someone might soon have a dead tree on their hands. While storms might snap off branches on healthy trees, a sick tree will drop bare, leafless branches. A closer look at the branch will probably reveal rot or insect damage.

3. Trunk Symptoms
The quintessential owl whole that appears in so many children’s tree drawings is actually a bad sign for a tree’s health. Look for rot out spaces near the base of trunk for other indicators of sickness.

4. Bark Symptoms
While a healthy tree usually has soft, pliable bark with even coverage over the surface of the trunk, a sick tree might have flaking, brittle bark. “Bald” spots are another symptom sick trees can exhibit.

5. Root Symptoms
If a tree’s roots are constantly waterlogged or damaged by heavy vehicles or cuts from lawnmowers, the entire tree could be at risk. Look for signs of sogginess, such as fungus and wood ears.

It’s important to know and spot the various signs of arboreal ailments, to prevent death of trees and damage to property.

18 Jun Posted by in Blog, Excavation, Tree Removal | Comments Off on How To Remove a Tree Stump

How To Remove a Tree Stump

How To Remove a Tree Stump

tree stumpA yard full of tree stumps is unsightly. Granted removing tree stump, especially the stumps of older trees, can be a job. Many homeowners will simply call on tree removal professionals to do it. But there are ways that the homeowner can remove tree stumps from their property that aren’t too arduous and don’t involve excavation or chaining the stump to a mule team and having them drag it out of the ground.

The homeowner can rent a stump grinder and use it to take the stump out of the ground. A longer but somewhat less laborious way to get rid of a stump is to use stump remover, which can be found in most garden stores. The homeowner drills holes around the rim of the stump. The holes should be drilled about three or four inches into the wood and at a 45 degree angle so that they meet in the center. Then the holes should be filled with potassium nitrate powder and water. After about a month to a month and a half the stump will be rotted enough to be broken up with an ax.

Another way to get rid of a stump is to drill holes into the stump and fill them with kerosene until the kerosene saturates the wood, a process that can also take a few weeks. Then the stump is set on fire and left to smolder. To make it safer, the homeowner should wrap the stump in chicken wire. When the stump is reduced to charcoal, it can be taken out with an ax.

04 Jun Posted by in Blog, Excavation | Comments Off on When do you need to get fill dirt?

When do you need to get fill dirt?

When do you need to get fill dirt?

fill dirtFill dirt, this term often conjures up thoughts of construction sites, and large grading projects. While these are common places fill dirt is used, there are also many applications for the home owner.

If you have ever dreamed of a beautiful flower bed, or raised garden around a deck, then fill will be required to build up the bottom layer. Suitable vegetable gardens often need a base layer under the rich soil.

Many former above ground pool owners, dread going into the back yard due to the shallow crater left in its wake. Not only can the scar be unsightly, but unsafe as well. Fill dirt will be needed to fill the hole, and provide a base for grass.

In some areas, homes often have low-lying spots in the yard, and driveway. If these spots are not filled, they can become a breeding ground for waterborne insects. On sloped lots water may not be an issue, but damage to cars can be a large concern from drive way holes.

For larger projects such as new home construction fill dirt is an absolute necessity in a lot of cases. Often times areas directly around the home will need to be built up and sloped away for proper drainage.

These are just a few examples of the many uses for fill dirt. From small projects to large jobs, it is used everyday.

 

30 May Posted by in Blog, Excavation, Tree Removal | Comments Off on Top 5 Reasons to Remove a Tree

Top 5 Reasons to Remove a Tree

Top 5 Reasons to Remove a Tree

tree removalTrees are active environmental contributors, and they can be aesthetically pleasing, too. There are times, however, when tree removal is unavoidable.

  1. A new construction project is an exciting venture, but sometimes trees stand in the way of progress. New trees can often be planted elsewhere on the property.
  2. All trees reach a point where excavation is required. The tree may be very old, or it could have a disease. With time, this plant’s structural integrity will fail. A diseased tree can also pass the infection on to other trees.
  3. Severe weather can wreak havoc on trees. Strong winds can tear large branches free, and lightning can split a tree in half. Trees are often irreparably damaged in storms, so it is best to remove these broken objects before they cause serious damage.
  4. Trees regularly pose a threat to surrounding structures. Essentially any tree that stands close to, or hangs over, a building is a risk. Branches can be trimmed, but trimming needs to be done regularly and can cost a lot of money.
  5. Many homeowners view trees as a liability. They regularly damage buildings, and their branches and roots can also destroy vehicles, pavement, and even underground wires. A loose branch could fall and injure someone. Oftentimes, the damage caused by a tree is the responsibility of its owner.

13 May Posted by in Blog, Excavation, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Preparing Your Land for the New Home

Preparing Your Land for the New Home

Preparing Your Land for the New Home

land clearingA couple has decided on building their new home. They have purchased a beautiful wooded lot in the country. There are several magnificent trees scattered at different locations on the lot. A small area of the lot is covered with brush. They have decided to leave a small part of the brush in its natural state. They consider this an ideal place for wildflowers and a wildlife refuge. They enjoy watching bunny rabbits cavorting on the lawn.

The new home will be situated to use the magnificent trees to the best advantage in landscaping and providing shade for the home. The professional land clearing company will follow all of their wishes regarding preserving or improving the natural terrain and retention and protection of the trees. It is possible that some unwanted trees could be harvested for timber. Sometimes firewood can be salvaged and used by the homeowner or sold. Waste wood can be chipped and utilized as mulch.

The land clearing company has the proper equipment, and they have highly skilled operators to achieve this with the utmost efficiency. The topsoil will be removed and replaced after the clearing and grading are finished.

When the project is completed, the couple can rest assured that the lot will be ready to begin building their new home. They will be happy they used the services of the land clearing company.