Five Things to Know About Excavation

Excavation work for construction is generally a straightforward process. But no two jobs are the same, and doing the job right means being prepared for every stage of the process.

Our team of specialists at Garrett Excavation have the most state-of-the-art equipment in the business, and we are a phone call away for any excavation job, no matter how big or small. Here are few things that you can do beforehand to prepare for excavation:

1 Secure all necessary permits – Your construction permit is usually enough, but If a building is historically protected, or adjacent to a wetland area, it’s important to know before excavation begins. This information can usually be obtained over the phone or internet.

2 Contact all utility providers – Don’t assume that an unimproved lot doesn’t have utility easements. The utility companies can usually tell you over the phone where it’s safe to dig, and they will often come mark underground utility lines at no charge.

3 Know what’s beneath the surface – Earth-moving equipment isn’t always enough for rock excavation, so make sure that you know what’s underground so the excavators can avoid surprises, and bring the right equipment.

4 Coordinate with site developers – The excavators and site developers are often the same people, but if they’re not, make sure that they work together before excavation begins to avoid any miscommunication that could cause future delays.

5 Dispose of solid waste materials properly – Recycle what you can, and make arrangements for safe disposal of the rest. Concrete, dirt, and timber are easy to re-purpose, but hazardous materials like asbestos should be removed and disposed of by trained professionals with the proper equipment before excavation begins.

Whether you need excavation, site development, or concrete, be sure to include Garrett Excavation in your plans. We have been Arkansas’ leading excavation contractor since 1950, and we pride ourselves on a large amount of repeat business. We have satellite-driven equipment that can clear your lot to measurements as precise as 1/10 of a foot, and we can do the job up to 75% faster than our competitors. For more information, or a free estimate, click here, or give us a call at (501) 520-5200.