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Homeowner’s Guide to Residential Excavation Work

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When you want to start your DIY concrete project off on the right footing, you need our professional residential excavation services. We’ve built a reputation for efficient excavation with construction professionals throughout Western Pennsylvania. As more and more homeowners seek to save money on home improvements by strapping on a toolbelt and rolling up their sleeves, the need for experienced excavation contractors has grown. As your foundation experts, we know our way around the equipment needed to get your land ready for a new concrete pad, graded for drainage, or trenched for the installation of French drains. 

More Than Just Foundation Preparation

Everyone is familiar with the residential excavation that occurs before a new home is built, when the ground is excavated and graded to accommodate a basement, crawlspace, or slab foundation. Construction excavation may be needed any time big changes need to be made to the land for property improvements or to better adapt the property to the owner’s needs. Excavation services are done for a variety of reasons after their home is built.

  • Preparing for Concrete Pads – Gazebos, sidewalks, driveways, and sheds need properly excavated and graded land for long-term strength and durability from the slab they’re built on.
  • Downspout Drainage Installation – Extending downspout drainage away from the home’s foundation helps prevent the buildup of hydrostatic pressure against your basement walls.
  • French Drains – These drainage solutions gather water and help move it away from your property to natural drainage sources before the soil becomes oversaturated.
  • Landscape Grading – Proper grading helps improve natural drainage and keeps your property beautiful.
  • Gravel and Sand Spreading – From pool wedges to private dives, we can create the smooth, flat surface you need.
  • Sewer Line Repair or Replacement – Pittsburgh antiquated terra cotta sewer pipes are often in need of replacement or repair due to age and root intrusion.
  • Pond, Crick, or Swale Digging – Whether you want to improve drainage on your property or add a beautiful water feature to your landscaping, our team can give you professional results that look and function beautifully.

Our Residential Excavation Process

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Like all of our work, we start with a free inspection and consultation that gives an experienced member of our excavation construction team a chance to talk to you or your general contractor about your needs and survey the land. They’ll put together a no-cost, no-obligation estimate that lays out your options, and you can make an informed decision. After that, we handle the process entirely, calling 811, securing permits, and ensuring our equipment is ready to be there on the day of the job, on time, and ready to work. We get the job done right so you can achieve the best possible results. 

Our team’s experience and professional excavation equipment let us tackle jobs efficiently. For smaller jobs, like French drain or downspout drainage installations, the work is done in a single day, with new grass planted over the turned soil by the time we leave. With bigger jobs, you’ll have a timeline you can trust and the confidence that we’ll use the most minimally invasive process possible to leave the rest of your property unscathed.  

Preparing for Your Residential Excavation

There are steps you can take to get your property ready for construction excavation. These help ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible to give you the best possible results.

  • Know What You Want Done – You should have as much of an idea as possible about what your finished product will entail so we can make the best possible recommendations and give you an accurate estimate–plans are a big plus. For example, excavating a driveway and excavating a driveway with a steel carport can have different requirements.
  • Verify Building Codes, Insurance Requirements, and HOA Guidelines – While we’ll be happy to secure permits, knowing ahead of time that your proposed construction is allowed by city code and your HOA by-laws can save you a lot of heartbreak. We also advise you to call your insurance agent and talk about the potential changes to your policy or premium, so you’re making an informed decision before contracting with us for residential excavation.
  • Clear Debris and Property from the Excavation Site – Make sure the construction area is free and clear of yard debris, trash, old cars, or other property that may either impede progress or be damaged by the construction or excavation process. 
  • Mark Any Underground Structures, Wires, or Cables You’re Aware Of – We’ll call 811 for you! Some properties, however, may have other features underground besides the utility infrastructure that will be marked by the state service. If you’ve run custom lines of any sort, have a ground loop heat pump, or know of any structure or drainage system buried underground, make sure both our expert and your general contractor know about them. That way, they can be properly accounted for in the excavation/construction plans.
  • Identify and Communicate any Hazards –  Let us know if there are any steep slopes, marshy or sinking areas, bodies of water, or high water table spots. The more information we have, the better we can assist with your residential excavation.

Schedule Your Residential Excavation Consultation Today

excavation work at a residential home

We’re proud to be the choice of so many professionals for residential excavation services, and we’re excited to help you with your project. When you request a free estimate, we’ll schedule a time to come by, talk to you or your contractor, survey your land, and put together a tailored quote. We make it as easy as possible to start your construction project with a foundation done right. Contact A.M. Wall Anchor & Waterproofing to get started today. 

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