Let’s start from scratch. The very first step to building any structure or addition is digging foundations, and it is probably the most critical part of that construction overall. Without a strong and stable foundation, your new house, commercial building, or any type of edifice will soon show up cracks, water leaks, and other various forms of damages.
Digging foundations is not as simple as a walk in the park – just set the footings and then pour some concrete and you are done. Various types of structures and basements involve different types of foundations, and some may need to be thicker than usual to resist moisture buildup and maintain the weight of an overly heavy structure. As you will see this is something best left in the hands of a Red Deer excavation company.
Foundation – what do we use it for?
Interestingly enough, the only purpose of a foundation is to maintain and support the weight of a structure. Without a quality foundation, the object or the edifice would merely sink into the ground or crumble. Here are the main things we use it for:
- To keep moisture out of the structure
- To insulate a structure from cold
- To protect a structure against the movement of the earth
Most common mistakes
A foundation is intended to last for decades, at least. However, not all of them are strong and sturdy as initially planned and might eventually develop serious cracks and chips.
A professional excavator should be hired to dig the trenches needed for a foundation of any structure. However, if you decide to dig trenches required for a foundation by yourself, do focus on avoiding some general mistakes during this process. Just as anyone could buy a wood chipper and toss in sticks, it is different from commercial graded wood chippers that can tackle a serious amount of material. A professional organization is going to have both the equipment and the know-how. Knowing what to avoid can ensure this job shall be performed well, or it might convince you to leave it to a professional excavator no matter their cost of digging foundations.
- Be sure you know of any restrictions on your work, based on the permits you have obtained
- Ensure tree roots were removed from the site where you’ll be pouring a foundation
- Check if the machines and the equipment such as hydraulic digger, bobcat can access the jobsite freely before you rent.
- Be sure you have a plan envisaged for the soil that will be removed during the process
Aside from safety, the costs hiring a professional to dig your foundations might be overall cheaper rather than the investment you will need for the rent of equipment needed to clear the lot, the digging itself, and to have someone haul away displaced soil. Professional excavators will also have insurance that will cover the cost of damaged property and can also ensure that all needed permits are in place before the work begins.