Grading in Los Angeles
Grading, or leveling, is an essential step in most construction projects, in which a level, flat base, or a base of a particular slope, is made, on which a foundation or a landscaping element can rest.
Grading is the final element of an excavation, and ensures a strong foundation that will be resistant to crumbling or sinking.
The degree to which a site needs to be graded before construction can begin will depend on a number of factors, including the landscape, soil composition, moisture levels, and other factors. It is important that an excavation professional be consulted when decisions are made about what grading is done and how it is done, before construction begins.
An Effective Grading Plan
A strong and stable construction begins with a good evaluation of the construction site, and a careful plan about what grading needs to be done.
There are several factors which excavation professionals will take into account when determining the best grading plan on a specific property.
Establishing a flat lot (or a lot sloped at a particular angle) is an essential step before a strong foundation can be constructed. So one factor in the grading plan is a determination of the best site for construction, and an assessment of how level the ground currently is, what obstacles might be in the way of construction and require removal, and exactly how much grading needs to take place.
One of the other main purposes of grading is to control water runoff. Effective grading plans will take into consideration rainfall and water flow on your property, and will direct water away from the future site of your house, in order to prevent future flooding.
Improper grading of a home may cause not only floods and moisture in the home, but can potentially cause damage to the foundation of a home, including cracks and erosion. It can also cause water runoff and soil erosion onto a neighbor’s property, or even into a neighbor’s home, if poorly planned.
The designers and contractors at Pacific Green Homes are prepared to work with you to develop the best grading plan and location for your home construction project. With a good grading plan and professional excavators to carry out the work, you will have a site for your future home that is stable, flat, and safeguards against flooding.
The Grading Process
Implementing an effective grading plan is a tricky project, but when carefully done, should provide you with a completely flat lot to begin laying a foundation.
Excavation professionals work in small increments to excavate the minimum amount of soil possible to provide a completely flat surface, in order to provide the best and most cost-effective grading service.
Having professional excavators help develop the grading plans for your property, and carry out the grading as a team, will give you the peace of mind that your construction site is positioned in the best spot possible, and has a strong, even surface on which to build.