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Tips To Help You Repair Your Issues Within The Soil Of Your Home's Yard

by Ryan Wright

When you own a home, you are responsible for maintaining any plumbing lines that lie below the soil and your landscaping. You are also responsible for keeping up your home's foundation and repairing any moisture leak problems. When either of these two situations occur you may need to hire an excavating service to help repair and remedy your problem. Here are some recommendations to help you prepare for a yard excavation project to correct a below-ground problem.

First, Call Local Utility Companies 

Before you can begin any excavation project in your yard, whether it is on your own with a shovel or by hiring a local professional excavation contractor, it is essential to call your local utility companies. This step will allow your local utility companies to come to your home and survey where their utility lines are buried. 

Be sure you call them at least several days to a week before you plan to begin the excavation, as you will need to allow the technicians time to arrive at your home, survey, and mark the buried lines. They will likely use a fluorescent paint and marked stakes to indicate where the utility lines are set below the soil. Then, once you have this information you can plan your excavation project.

Hire a Reputable and Fair Contractor

You will also need to hire a professional excavation company when you cannot do the digging yourself. So, unless you are digging trenches for sprinkler lines, excavating post holes for a fence, or another shallow and manageable task, hire a professional who can use heavy machinery to quickly remove the needed area of soil. 

A professional excavation company will be able to ensure they safely complete the project. They will also have their own insurance to protect against damage or injury. They should acquire the appropriate permits to excavate the area in your yard. 

Get several estimates from some local excavation companies to find a great professional team that you can hire and use. Also, be sure to get the estimate in writing so you have a record of the project price proposal and work.

Consider Your Soil Type

Another item to consider when doing excavation work in your yard is the type of soil within your yard. The type of soil you have can affect how it will compact back around the site when you have completed work. For example, if you have hard clay or rocky soil, you need to make sure to compact it back into place. Otherwise, it can be bulky and cause uneven erosion later on. However, if your soil is sandy or contains silt, it will be more easy to replace back into the excavated site.