Before installing an inground pool, sprinkler system or irrigation system, plumbing pipes, and other large landscaping features on your property, contacting excavating contractors is necessary. For planting large gardens or small farms for the first time and to replace contaminated soil with new fill dirt, excavating might be necessary.
No matter how large the job, a homeowner should hire excavating contractors. Excavating can be dangerous and difficult and could cause serious damage to your property and home. A professional excavator will allow you to dig faster and more precisely according to your needs.
These are the reasons to hire a bobcat to manage your digging or excavation, regardless of how big the pit or trenches are.
1. When Excavating, Soil Can Surprise You
Don’t assume the soil you are walking on is the same as the soil you will be digging up. You don’t have to dig too deep in some areas before you find rocky soil, muddy ground, or even sand.
Digging through all these types of dirt can be difficult. Rocky soil can be hard to break down and heavy to lift. The bucket attached to the bobcat may just be able to hold muddy or wet soil. Muddy or sandy pit walls may also collapse during digging, making it difficult if certainly impossible to complete the task.
An experienced excavator will be able to analyze the soil before it is dug up and determine its composition. The excavating contractors will know what equipment to bring, how the soil should be treated to make digging easier, how to brace the pit, and all other necessary information to drill through the dirt.
2. Excavating Contractors Use The Right Equipment
Professional excavators might use more equipment to dig, which makes excavation safer and faster. Excavators may use trenchers (long and narrow digging tools) to dig large trenches for the purpose of excavating farms and gardens. These trenchers can also be used to dig long, narrow pits for irrigation pipes and plumbing. These trenches are much faster and more efficient than digging small rows with a bobcat. You can also use special crane arms to reach around and over obstacles. These arms are much more convenient than managing a bobcat, or any other equipment around landscaping trees, flowerbeds, and other items on your property.
Extended arms on backhoes and cranes can make it easier to dig pits in soft or moist soil. Equipment with extended arms is more likely to be able to sit farther back than the edge of a pit when digging.
Excavating contractors might have access to heavy-duty equipment that is construction-grade and requires special licensing. This equipment is often faster to dig a pit or trench. In turn, you will be able to have your new pool installed quicker if you use a professional excavator that has access to this heavy-duty equipment.
3. Professional Excavation Can Reduce The Risk Of Property Damage
Before digging on your property you might want to contact your local utilities and ask them to mark the locations of any buried pipes and lines. These buried pieces can be damaged during excavation projects. The bucket or bobcat might be thrown into a nearby window or garage window, or you could swing it or turn it. A bobcat, or any other type of equipment, can bump into an exterior wall of your house and chip bricks, snap decking posts or grab shutters, causing damage to the house.
Untrained bobcat operators might cause the equipment to “jerk” when they move it. A full bucket of dirt can cause soil to spill and create a mess. This could lead to a huge mess and damage to anything that ends up underneath it. An experienced excavator will be able to clear obstacles from a dig site and still be careful when turning or moving. Excavating contractors will be able to use the equipment efficiently and smoothly, avoiding dirt and other hazards.
4. An Insurance Policy Will Be Provided To A Professional Excavator In Case Something Happens!
Although a professional excavator can’t guarantee that your property will be safe, they may make mistakes when turning a digger or underestimate the load. If something is damaged, most homeowners have insurance that will cover the costs of repairs. You might also be responsible for paying the costs of repairing an underground utility or public sewer line.
You should also be aware that insurance purchased when renting a bobcat, or any other similar equipment doesn’t cover damage done to your home. The insurance policy covers damage to the equipment only, and not to your home or garage. A professional excavator’s insurance policy can be worth the cost of hiring them. This means that you don’t have to pay additional for repairs or replacement costs for any damage to your home or utility lines.
5. Excavating Can Be Dangerous, Even Deadly.
It can be deadly to dig a pit of any size. You should be aware of the dangers associated with digging and excavating.
- A small bobcat or any other digging equipment can cause the pit’s edges to collapse. Even if the equipment does not fall into the pit, even if there is a cage around the cab for the bobcat, sudden movements can cause injury by causing you to hit the control console or enclosure. This type of jarring can cause whiplash, which can cause neck and back injuries.
- Hitting an overhead or underground power line could result in shocks and even electrocution.
- A dangerous and flammable gas can leak from a gas line that is buried.
The obvious risk of being hit by a bobcat, or any other similar equipment, is that they are standing close to it. You can also fall on moist or soft soil, and land on the Bobcat or suffer other injuries.
Additional Benefits of Hiring Excavating contractors
Here are some additional benefits to hiring a professional to do any excavating work on the property.
- Experiential excavators can tell if weather conditions will affect excavating work. For example, sudden frosts might make it difficult to dig. An experienced excavator will be able to tell you if the rain is sufficient to allow them to dig and when it is too heavy to permit excavations to continue safely.
- The excavating company will often take the dirt! You might have to replace the soil after you plant a garden or other small landscaping element. If you are digging a pit to build a pool or foundation for an outbuilding, however, you will need something to do with the dirt. Instead of trying to get a hauling company to remove it from your property, you can hire a professional excavator to do the digging and soil removal simultaneously.
- Many companies that excavate can dig the trenches or pits you require without disturbing the soil, tree roots, or the like. You might be able to have them help you replace any fallen vegetation to prevent soil erosion. This will ensure that your landscaping remains as healthy and beautiful as possible.
- A professional, experienced excavator might be able to predict problems with the dig location and depth. If you are looking for an in-ground pool that is close to a shed or other structures, the digging required to make that pool could cause cracks in the foundation.
Greenbar Excavation may be able to help with permits, call utility companies, or other technical details before excavation work can begin. Greenbar Excavation has been providing quality excavation services to central Oregon for over ten years. We understand the importance of knowing your project. Greenbar Excavation is a fully licensed, insured, and accredited Excavation company based in Prineville, Oregon. Greenbar Excavation is one of the top Excavation companies in Central Oregon. Don’t look any further, go with the company with your best interest in mind! We offer a multitude of services which include:
- Septic pumping
- Drainage Services
- Landscape prep
- Site grading
- Foundation excavation
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- Utility trenching
- Septic tank replacement
- Complete septic system replacement