Preparing your work site or moving soil to create specific terrain requires the equipment and experience to get the job done right. Hiring an excavation contractor is one way to ensure that happens.
If you are building a house or building on undeveloped land, the preparation is critical. The ground has to be right to properly support the foundation and building that will sit on the site. An excavation contractor will come in right behind the surveyor and working from the survey, they will grade, level, and prepare the site for you. The site may not need a lot of work to be level, but it may need a lot of compaction if the soil in the area is very loose.
Compaction with heavy equipment is an art all in itself, and a good excavation contractor will know how much compaction is required for the ground to support the required weight. The amount and method of compaction may be different for a parking area versus a building, so understanding how to achieve the right level is critical.
If you need a trench run from one area to another on the property, an excavator can make short work of the trench. The size and depth of the trench are important because it will dictate the machine required for the job. Often, drainage pipes, power and gas lines, or water lines require a trench to run through, but keep in mind that if they are underground, they need to be carefully marked on the site plan, and the excavator operator will want the path of the trench marked so he can put it precisely where you need it.
Once the site is prepped and ready, you may find that there is a lot of soil or other material that is no longer needed on the site. If you have an area to fill, have the excavation contractor move the material to the fill site for you. They have the machines on site already, so it most likely won't add much to the bill. Once the material is gone, it will make it easier to move around the site.
If you do not have a place to put the material, the contractor may haul it off for you. If they have another job that needs fill, you could give it to them. If they don't, they may know of a place to dump it legally for you. For more information, contact your local excavation service.