Costly mistakes, building cave-ins and collapses occur when untrained laborers dig too deep, the shoring is shoddy, measurements are off or the grading was poorly executed. It's important for you as a GC, private developer, or investor, not to cut costs when hiring an excavation company as it will only cost you more in the long run. Brophy Excavation specialist Fin Brophy is highly skilled in urban residential and commercial excavation and operating heavy equipment in tight spaces and small city lots. Fin supervises our field crew making sure all work strictly adheres to city codes and OSHA safety compliance.
Excavation is the preliminary step to building a new residential or a commercial property. Various processes are used to move earth, rock, and other materials during the excavation, but it begins with carefully reading plans showing the length, width, and depth for the dig. The operator must prepare the lot for the dig, check top and ground levels, constructs trenches, marks boundaries, and shores up the sides if necessary and removes all soil to prepare for a new foundation. Once soil is removed the process of backfilling takes place.
Shoring is the process of supporting a structure in order to prevent collapse so that construction can proceed.
Shoring can also provide temporary support until the concrete becomes hard and achieves the correct strength needed to support loads.
Backfilling is an essential process of excavation work. Soil is put back into a trench or foundation once excavation, and the related work has been completed. The backfill process requires skills and heavy equipment as well as knowledge of the specifications, contract requirements, and soil conditions.
Site Grading is the process of using heavy machinery to level the earth to ensure an even base, or specified slope, in preparation of a foundation for the construction of a residential or commercial property. Additionally, grading is used to direct the flow of run-of water. A poorly graded site can cause major damage such as basement flooding, cracks in your foundation, soil erosion to neighboring properties (for which you are liable), and other structural damage. It's always important to hire an excavation professional to save you future headaches.