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28 Feb Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on The Importance Of Proper Grade Alignment

The Importance Of Proper Grade Alignment

Grade AlignmentProper grade alignment is vital during many different types of construction, and if the grade alignment is not correct, the level of quality of the construction job will be much lower overall.

Grade Alignment Ensuring Structural Integrity 

One of the factors that increases the importance of proper grade alignment is the fact that exceptional grade alignment will enhance the structural integrity of any building, bridge or structure. 

If several floors of a building, parts of a road or parts of a bridge do not have proper grade alignment, it can seriously affect their structural integrity in a negative way.

Long-Lasting Construction Projects

A road, a building or a bridge with proper grade alignment will usually last much longer than one that does not have proper grade alignment. As a building or a road gets older, the weight of the structure of the building or of the cars and the trucks that are driving on the road will affect it more and more. 

If the structure has proper grade alignment, it will be able to easily and evenly balance the weight, and if it doesn’t, the weight may affect and weaken the structure more quickly.

Enhanced Quality

Having proper grade alignment is vital to high quality construction work. Although this is rare, there are cases in which entire construction jobs have had to be redone due to improper grade alignment. Usually, an improper grade alignment for certain parts of the construction job will cause the construction company to receive low ratings from the inspector, and this may cause the construction company to have to replace certain parts of the road or of the structure.

In addition, low quality ratings due to improper grade alignment can cause a construction company to lose future construction jobs with certain businesses or with certain organizations.

Proper grade alignment is vital during any construction job. Proper grade alignment will ensure structural integrity in the short-term and in the long-term, a long-lasting structure or road and enhanced quality of the construction job overall.

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31 Jan Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Building Your Dream Home: Factors To Consider When Purchasing Vacant Land

Building Your Dream Home: Factors To Consider When Purchasing Vacant Land

Purchasing Vacant LandIf you are among the one in five potential homeowners who wants to hand-pick the property on which you build, there are many factors to consider before handing over your hard earned cash. Selecting your home site-to-be from available land parcels can be an exciting, as well as nerve wracking experience. Knowing what to look for when purchasing land for building can make the difference between owning the ideal home site, or making the biggest mistake of your life. Here are a few tips to help you make the right decision when shopping for your perfect property.

The first thing a potential real estate buyer should do when inspecting land for building purposes is to obtain a property survey. A walk around the property, survey in hand, will give you an idea of the suitability of the lot for your particular building purpose. Befriending a local who lives in the area is also a good idea. He will likely be happy to give you a little inside information about the land you are considering. Inspection of the property should include:

1.) Looking for signs that utilities, such as gas and electric are already on or near the property. If they are not, a substantial amount of money could be required to obtain them.
2.) A visual survey of geographical features that may either help or hinder your endeavor, or that may need to be altered
3.) An estimation of whether you will need to create necessary amenities, such as septic or water systems

Your available budget should include the costs of preparing the land, in addition to the cost of the structures to be built.

The next stop is the courthouse, where you can determine whether the parcel:

  1. Is heavily taxed
  2. Is subject to restrictive covenants
  3. Is in a flood zone
  4. Requires or has easements to other properties

The assessor’s office can also apprise you of the amounts previous owners paid for the land.

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10 Jan Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on How Land Clearing Works

How Land Clearing Works

Residential Land ClearingLand clearing is a method for removing trees and other plant life in order to clear an area of its natural hindrances. Bulldozers are one kind of tool used by land clearing companies to uproot trees, rocks and dirt in a wide area. These machines are useful for getting rid of tree stumps, cutting off plant growth at the roots so they don’t regrow and picking up large rocks that a human couldn’t possibly lift. For smaller land clearing, a chainsaw works very well, allowing a company to come in and personally select shrubbery and trees which need to be cut. Removing specific plant life opens up the canopy, letting in more direct sunlight for plants on the ground and facilitates healthy air flow through the remaining trees.

Homeowners with tree and bush stumps on their property benefit from land clearing, as stumps are rooted deeply in the ground and as difficult to remove as they are unsightly blemishes on a landscape. Cleared land makes room for structures such as playgrounds, fences, sheds and patios, giving a home more versatility and function, especially for families with children. Land free of trees and shrubs is a safer environment for young children because it ensures a direct line of sight for parents to observe their children and also gets rid of roots and stumps which those who are younger easily trip over. If a home with a basement is being built, stumps, roots and rocks need to be removed in order to create a sound foundation. For homeowners with several cars or larger cars, land clearing opens up more driveway space so that grassy lawns aren’t disturbed by cars needing to be driven around other parked cars which block the path to the street.

15 Nov Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Lot Grading Prevents Flooding

Lot Grading Prevents Flooding

GradingAny home builder cannot deny the value of lot grading, which prevents the effects of flooding. Grading is not the first consideration that new home buyers make, but it has a large effect on the house condition. However, many home inspectors find that incorrectly designed grading is a common problem.

An improper or negative slope tilts toward the home. The slopes cause various house problems, such as floods caused by heavy rain and ice thawing. Pools of water collect around the foundation and grow larger with each storm. Conditions, like water freezing and erosion, will destroy the structure over time. Water collects around the basements, slab foundations and lower-level areas. Wood rots and mold forms.

There are different solutions to the problem. Clogged gutters cause leaks and floods. Downspouts that are cluttered with dirt and debris are more likely to overflow with water. Drainages and waterproof membranes could be needed. The precise grade of the grade and distance from the house is disagreeable, but one inch per foot is a standard. The slope should be viewable to the eye. Another consideration is the water absorption into the ground. If the ground is very absorbent and contains materials like sand, the grade may not be important. Landscape designers can discuss the different types of solutions available.

A slope of land is built around the home to protect the base from flooding caused by excessive rain and snow. If the grade is not built correctly from the start, floods ruin the yard and basement. Cracks, mold and leaks are just a few problems caused by an ineffective grade that does not tilt away from the house. This problem should be fixed right away before the next rainstorm comes. Home builders and owners should follow local building regulations and only use professionals for the work.

08 Nov Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on How to Prepare Your Site for Land Clearing Professionals

How to Prepare Your Site for Land Clearing Professionals

How to Prepare Your Site for Land Clearing Professionals

Land Clearing PreparationsMany homeowners choose to clear the land on their property to make room for a pool or another building. While it may seem easy to simply hire professionals to come to your property and clear the land of trees and debris, there are also many steps you can take to ensure that the work gets done smoothly and quickly. Knowing what you need to do in order to prepare for land clearing is essential before you even make plans to have the construction company come to your home and property.

The first thing you are going to want to do before having the site clearing company come to the home is to remove any furniture or items from the area being cleared. For example, you might have lawn furniture scattered on the grass and these items can definitely get in the way of the land clearing professionals. You will want to remove any and all of this furniture and store everything away in an area that is safe and clear from where the professionals are going to be working. If you have fencing in the area that is going to be cleared, you are also going to want to take this down before the professionals come.

The job of the land clearing professionals is to take down trees and shrubs so that you have a clear property that is perfect for a pool, home or other structure. The land clearing professionals are also going to flatten the ground of the site they are working on. Because of this, it is important that you remove any and all bushes and shrubs that you would like to save. If you have a garden in the area, be sure to replant all of your vegetables in order to keep them completely safe. When it comes to having your property cleared of trees and debris, it is best that you prepare for the professionals before they even get there.

18 Oct Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Multch Clearing New Method of Land Clearing

Multch Clearing New Method of Land Clearing

Multch Clearing New Method of Land Clearing

Mulch Land ClearingFor many years, land clearing was an unsightly, complex process that consumed large amounts of natural resources and left a permanent impact on the environment. The new method of mulch land clearing is quickly becoming the most popular technique used in the land clearing industry. This is largely due to the fact that mulch clearing is less costly, less time consuming and leaves less of an environmental impact on the area being cleared.

Older, more traditional forms of land clearing were fundamentally flawed in several key ways. First and foremost, these methods (including slash and burn, bulldozing and backhoe, and chainsawing) were overly destructive. Of course, the purpose of land clearing is to destroy and remove unwanted brush, trees and stumps from a plot of land. However, traditional clearing methods eliminated desirable properties of contoured terrain and land appearance along with the scrub, stumps and trees. This necessitated expensive landscaping and land repair after clearing had completed.

Next, traditional methods have become prohibitively expensive. As natural resources are depleted, development costs have greatly increased. Slash and burn and cutting methods are labor intensive, require expensive permits and have a high accident rate. Mulch clearing uses the trees, stumps, brush and scrub already on the land to create mulch as the land is cleared. This preserves topsoil, requires only a small work crew and is not extremely expensive.

Mulch clearing is a definite improvement over traditional clearing. It is less expensive, environmentally sustainable, leaves little damage to the landscape and is much less dangerous to work crews. Additionally, a mulch clearing project can be completed much more quickly than other methods. Because no waste needs to be hauled away and because the process is easy to learn and implement, entire clearing projects can be completed much more quickly than ever before.

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.

 

30 Apr Posted by in Blog, Excavation, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Grading and Leveling Your Landscape

Grading and Leveling Your Landscape

Grading and Leveling Your Landscape

grading and levelingGrading and leveling your lawns, landscaping and gardens will allow you to enjoy your yard and protect the structural integrity of your home. Planning the grade of your landscape features is the first step toward easy maintenance and a successful lawn or garden.

When you are planning or seeding your lawn, keep in mind that a gentle slope is recommended for at least the first ten feet away from the foundation of your house. This slope should be a minimum of one inch per ten feet. That same pitch is recommended for drainage on brick, stone or concrete patios. If you do not have a professional slope measuring instrument, an inexpensive string level will work for most projects.

If you cannot bring your lawn to a level grade or if it slopes toward your house, you may need to construct a small ditch to direct water away from the foundation. This ditch should be seeded with grass if possible to maintain the aesthetics of your lawn and to prevent erosion.

If your landscaping includes flower beds and garden areas, you will also need to give careful consideration to the grading and leveling of these features. Depending upon your plan for watering – drip systems, sprinkling or ditch irrigation – you will want to use grading and leveling to design your beds and gardens to make the best use of the water you apply.

Properly grading and leveling your landscape will pay off for years to come.

12 Apr Posted by in Blog, Excavation, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Excavation Methods

Excavation Methods

Excavation Methods

When a contractor approaches an excavation site, he takes several things into account. What is being excavated is foremost, followed by examination procedure and possible rainfall. With these factors in mind, the contractor may employ one or more of the following methods.For large areas that will be completely excavated, horizontal excavation (also known as open area excavation) will be used. It strips away strata layer by layer, exposing the entirety of the area little by little to be broken up and examined by grid square.For mounds or areas where there are multiple layers to compare, vertical excavation involves digging a trench through a site. Vertical excavation allows for easy comparison of strata layers and examination of mounds without destroying them. A laser level is used to take site measurements before digging. Some areas of horizontal excavation are combined with vertical excavation if there are deep layers of occupancy to examine. When the general layout of a site is known, keyhole excavation can be used to dig trenches only into areas of interest, leaving the rest of the site undisturbed.

Step trenching is a variation of vertical excavation for very deep sites. Stair steps are carved into the trench sides for easy access.
For vertical excavation areas possibly prone to water logging, cofferdams are used. The walls of cofferdams are cut to prevent sediment cave-ins. Contact RealTree, Inc for your next excavation project.

02 Apr Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Hurricane Debris Removal

Hurricane Debris Removal

Hurricane Debris Removal

As a homeowner in a coastal region, you may from time to time experience tropical storms and hurricanes that cause damage to your property. In the aftermath of even a weak hurricane, your property contains leftover debris from the storm. Cleaning up your land is not only time consuming but could be dangerous to your health and safety. Hiring a professional land clearing company to remove hurricane debris is a wise choice.

Importance

The hurricane debris on your property may contain hazards including sharp metal, wood and glass, downed power lines, poisonous chemicals and large objects such as downed trees. A professional debris removal company knows how to handle and dispose of these materials and has the equipment to do so safely.

Convenience

In the aftermath of a hurricane, your top priority is the safety and health of your family. Instead of worrying about clearing the hurricane debris yourself or waiting for the public utility workers to haul it away, a professional land clearing company will get the job done quickly. You will not have to look at bags and containers of debris waiting for transportation to the landfill or recycling center as debris removal specialists do this for you.