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Seven Excavation Recommendations

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Rock excavation is sometimes necessary if you're planning pools, ponds, trenches or other activities on your home's property. However, the project is more involved than simply digging into the soil and removing rocks. Excavation recommendations like these are worth your thought to ensure rocks are removed without creating more damage or trouble.

Recheck Boundaries

Even if nothing would make you immediately question the boundaries where you're excavating those rocks, rechecking is wise. If you're excavating rocks at the edge of your property, for instance, check property lines to know if you should be communicating with owners of adjacent properties about it.

Get Permits

Your town, like most, generally requires that work involving heavy machines is officially approved. For that reason, a visit to that office is imperative; ignoring permits only bodes poorly for you, as you'll discover when you receive fine notices or visits from municipal personnel.

Contact Utilities

Your electric company, cable television company and phone company are among the utility providers needing notice of your rock excavation plans. Of course, you don't want the excavator to cut into underground cables that interrupt service not only to you or your neighbors but the entire neighborhood. Utility company staffers can come out and flag points where underground lines exist.

Mark Path

Even if you're only getting rocks out of the soil, chalk or spray paint should brightly mark out the excavator's intended path. Whether you're operating the machine yourself or a professional operator will be doing the actual excavating, being able to see the right area is useful.

Consider Protection System

If you're excavating rocks to make a trench for another purpose, protection systems for collapse prevention is important. Your property's particular soil and stability will dictate which system is appropriate. Shoring with hydraulic support or benching with downward steps are just two of the methods which could keep the trench open and protect anyone in the trench.

Use Tarps 

The property shouldn't be a mess because rocks are being removed. Tarps laid around the excavation area can gather both rocks and soil as the excavator works. The tarps can then be removed themselves, or the spoils can be used for other parts of the property.

Consider Hydrovac

Rock excavation need not only happen in summer. Hydrovacs can excavate ground and dislodge rocks even when the soil seems hard and cold. Warm water jets won't cut into utility lines and can move rocks enough for easier removal.

Consult excavation contractors for the ideas which will permit removal of rocks without trouble. Their assistance will help your property remain neat and look better.