Excavation FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions About Excavation

Here at Landscaping Vancouver, we offer Excavation Services to all of Vancouver cities, including:

And we often get many questions about our services with Excavation. So here we will do our best to answer all of them!

How Do I Prepare For An Excavation Contractor?

Make every effort to make the location as accessible as feasible. If it is beyond your skills, make sure you notify the digging firm ahead of time about any potential challenges. If at all feasible, relocate anything on the property that will be in the way.

Should Utilities Be Marked Before The Excavation Contractor Comes?

We are in charge of contacting Dig Safe to mark out the utilities. If feasible, the homeowner should designate any private utilities (dog fences, private power lines, etc.). Communicate with your excavation firm ahead of time to decide who will be responsible for marking the utilities.

What’s The Difference Between Hiring An Excavator As A Prime Contractor Or Subcontractor?

When you choose us as a prime contractor, we will work directly for you, the project owner. You’ll have the contract with us from start to finish.

We’ll continue be working for the owner as a subcontractor, but in a different way. We’ll have an agreement with the general contractor, design/build company, or construction manager in charge of your project.

What Kind Of Equipment Is Typically Used On Projects?

Excavators will employ a broad range of equipment on your project, depending on the services needed and the scale of the operation.

The excavator is one of the most often utilized pieces of equipment. A bucket is often linked to this huge truck via an arm. It is utilized for a number of operations, including soil digging, demolition, and material handling. A number of attachments, such as compactors and breakers, may be mounted to the excavator to accomplish various purposes. Other common pieces of machinery include articulated trucks, dump trucks, backhoes, dozers, graders, rollers, scrapers, and loaders.

What Impact Will Rain And Other Weather Events Have On Excavating?

It is usual to miss a few days of work due to weather depending on the time of year, the length, and scope of your project. Heavy rains may make any form of earth work difficult since mud gets trapped in the machinery and must be scraped out on a regular basis.

Windy weather, in addition to rain, may create delays. Blowing dust, dirt, and aggregate may make working conditions hazardous. Some equipment, such as dump trucks, cannot function in severe winds. Extremely hot or cold conditions might also stymie growth.

Experienced excavators account for time lost due to weather, so a few wet days shouldn’t throw off the timeline of your project. While one activity may be hard to complete on a wet day, excavators might shift to another to keep the process going.

What Happens To The Large Piles Of Dirt On A Jobsite?

Anything that goes below grade, from digging out the building’s foundation to placing underground services, will displace earth. If the soil is free of contaminants, it may be utilized for other aspects of the operation, such as grading or filling up holes.
Depending on the complexities of your project, you’ll either have too much or not enough dirt for on-site applications. If you have an excess, local groups such as parks and schools are typically willing to accept it for landscaping reasons. If your site lacks sufficient dirt, it might be brought from other work sites that have an abundance.

I have a project with a lot of ground water so what is the best way to plan for the excavations?

First, inspect the borings to see how much water is above the excavation subgrade. How far are you willing to go? Is the soil sand or silt? Also, what exactly are you doing? All of these aspects influence your solution if the job needs you to stay in the dig for a few days or more. A few feet of water above subgrade, silty/clay soil, and a rapid installation may need slumping and a trench box. If the installation will take some time and is near infrastructure or buildings, a sliding rail system may be the best option. If you have a lot of water, sand boxes or slide rail with deep wells would be the most cost efficient solution.

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