Examining The Importance Of Proper Grading Before New Home Construction

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you are ready to build a new house, taking the time to plan ahead is extremely important to avoid serious and expensive problems later on. One of the most important aspects of new home construction is grading. If your home is not on the proper grade, the slope of the land your home is built on, you may be surprised to learn the kinds of problems you will have to deal with after a few years have passed. Water Can Greatly Compromise Your Home’s Foundation If your home is built on a slope that allows water to run downhill towards it, you could end up having standing water along the side of the house facing the down slope. When water stands long enough, it can permeate a concrete foundation, causing it to crack and shift. Water passing along the sides of your home not directly facing the down slope can cause the soil to wash away, exposing the lower part of your foundation to running water. Once the lower parts of the foundation are exposed to running water, foundation shifts can happen fast. For this reason, hiring a professional grading contractor to prepare the lot you plan to build on is important. Water-Damaged Basements Can Be Costly To Repair If you have gone into a basement and it smelled musty and damp, you can bet its walls and flooring, especially carpeting, has been weakened by a water-damaged foundation. The wood floor joists in a home with a water-damaged foundation and basement are also prone to rotting and to the growth of dangerous mold and mildew. If you plan to have a full basement in your new house, making sure you have the land it will be sitting on graded by an experienced professional is vital to avoid these kinds of issues in the future. Your Future Lawn And Landscape Will Appreciate Professional Grading When a professional, experienced grading contractor grades the land you plan to build your new home on, the topsoil that is removed during the grading will be placed near to the areas your home will be built. The topsoil is the rich part of the dirt that grows the greenest grass and provides nutrients for you to easily grow ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers. Discuss with your contractor about topsoil placement during grading for ensuring its proper placement. This is especially important if you want to design a specific type of landscape that includes several types of plant life. Building a new house is exciting, but making the right choices despite your excitement is vital to get the home you can count on for durability through the years. When considering the land you have in...

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Uses For A Mini Excavator

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

One of the most popular machines when excavating is the excavator. Such a machine will have a cab capable of rotating 360 degrees and a digging arm that extends from the front of the machine. At the end of this arm is a bucket that is used to dig and transfer dirt to where it will be dumped. While excavators serve a definite purpose, they can be too big for some jobs. Thus, there is a need for a smaller machine capable of doing the same type of work as its larger cousin. This is where the mini excavator comes into play. Trenching There are a few different machines capable of digging a trench for utility lines. For example, you could use a backhoe, which is a fairly big piece of machinery, which makes it more expensive to buy and operate. Furthermore, the size of a backhoe can make it difficult to use in tight situations. You could use a trenching machine which will deposit dirt right next to the trench, which can cause problems with the dirt falling back into the trench. A mini excavator can dig a small diameter hole quickly and deposit dirt at a distance from the trench so that you don’t have to worry about cave-ins. Thus, a mini excavator is at least worth considering for use in digging trenches.  Digging Swimming Pools If you are digging a hole for a swimming pool in a new home, you might not have many obstacles around to interfere with the digging. On the other hand, if you are digging a hole in an established yard, you might not even be able to access the yard with a large backhoe or excavator. On the other hand, you might be able to find an excavator small enough to fit through a car gate in a fence to access the yard.  Digging Foundations In many situations, a full-sized excavator or even a backhoe is too big for digging an excavator. Using a mini excavator will allow you to do the same work without the cost associated with running a bigger piece of equipment.  It can be safely said that the bigger the equipment you have is, the better it is. However, there are situations that require small size and finesse. If you own an excavating business, you should have full-sized excavators in your fleet of digging machines, but you should also make room for a mini excavator.  To learn more, contact a company like T C Enterprises...

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