Excavation around your home is necessary when you need to complete repairs or work to your home's foundation, replace or repair a sewer line, or you need to install new irrigation or electrical lines through your yard. However, excavation can be completed on your own in some cases but other projects are best handled by a professional excavation crew to ensure safety and success. Here are some tips to help you successfully excavate soil from around your home and property safely and efficiently.
Prepare For Excavation
Whenever you plan to remove soil from the ground in your yard, you need to consider first any utility lines that may be buried beneath. Contact your local utility companies or call 811 so you can arrange for each utility company to come to your property and mark on the surface of the soil where their lines are situated. This can take a couple of weeks to arrange so make sure you give yourself the needed time for them to indicate the location of the underground utility lines.
Mark the area where you plan to excavate using landscaping marking paint to outline the area so you have a guideline to help you visualize where you are digging. Remove and set aside your lawn growth in a shady place so you can replace it when you are finished excavating.
Follow Safety Regulations
When you are ready to begin excavating soil, you will need to follow some safety rules based on how deep you need to excavate the soil. If the trench you are excavating is only going to be one to two feet deep for an electrical conduit out to your garage or shed, for example, or for sprinkler lines, you don't need to follow any additional safety. However, plan to set aside the soil and any vegetation on a tarp or other container so you can replace it when you are finished.
For a deeper trench excavation, you will need to follow some guidelines to keep the trench from collapsing in on itself, especially if you or anyone else plans to work inside the excavated trench. For example, if you are installing a French drain around the foundation slab of your home or applying waterproof protection to your foundation, you will need to excavate the soil from around the foundation, which can be up to five feet in depth. Be sure you terrace the excavation and not excavate it straight down, so you protect the trench from collapse. If you need to excavate deeper than five feet it is a good idea to arrange for professional excavation crews to remove the soil and protect the sides of the trench from collapse.
Contact a residential excavation service in your area to learn more.