Excavation in Los Angeles
Excavation is usually a necessary step during construction projects. The removal of soil, rocks, and other material from a site in order to form a hole or flat surface is an important, difficult, and often high-risk task.
Excavations are a necessary step before laying a foundation for a home or other building, and become an especially large and difficult project when a basement foundation is being constructed.
While the size and the depth of excavation work varies widely based on the project, it is important to approach excavation with expertise and careful planning. Even the most carefully-laid foundation can have problems when a shoddy excavation job has been done beneath it. You can think of the excavation step as “laying the foundation” for your home’s foundation.
Safe Excavation Practices
Not only can a poorly-done excavation present risks for the future of your structure’s soundness, it can also be a dangerous process for those who are doing the excavation.
While there are risks associated with most of the steps of a construction project, excavation work can be one of the most high-risk steps of all.
Possible risks associated with excavation include cave-ins, the accumulation of toxic or flammable vapors inside the excavated space, oxygen deficiencies in the confined spaces, or dangerous falls.
Excavation can also be one of the most unpredictable elements of construction, as the ground condition and variances in the local water table will all change the way in which an excavation will need to be conducted.
There are steps to take to avoid all of these possible risks, such as a regular shoring up of the walls of the excavation to prevent cave-ins, proper equipment and to prevent falls, and multiple best practices to prevent toxic vapors or oxygen deprivation. Pacific Green Homes provides expertise in all of these areas, in order to ensure safe and effective excavations.
Hiring professional excavators to make and implement an excavation plan for your construction project will ensure an excavation that is both safe and injury-free, and that provides a solid and sturdy base for your home’s foundation.
Choosing a Spot to Excavate
An important first step to the excavation process is choosing the exact spot to excavate. This choice determines the exact location on which your home will rest, and so it is an important decision that requires careful consideration.
The obvious first factor in choosing a spot to excavate is considering where you would like your finished home to be positioned.
But other factors must be taken into account as well, including the ground condition, water table, any underground services and pipelines that run through the property, and any natural habitats or trees that you would like to preserve on the property.
Pacific Green Homes’ designers and contractors are able to work with you to determine the ideal spot to construct your home, beginning with the site of excavation. Selecting the perfect spot to build your home, and starting the construction off with a safe and careful excavation, are crucial first steps in beginning the construction of a solid and lasting home.