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4 REASONS WHY PROFESSIONAL EXCAVATION SERVICES ARE WORTH THE COST

Have you been told you need to hire an excavation contractor Not sure what an excavation contractor is, or what they can offer you? When you know that you will need to excavate your property, it can be tempting to DIY in an attempt to save money. However, this often leads to trouble, and eventually makes it expensively clear why people pay for professional excavation services. If you are on the fence about this issue, here are four reasons why you should go with a team of professionals on your next excavation project.  

1. High Risk of Damage to Property During Excavation

One of the major reasons it is inadvisable to DIY when it comes to excavation projects is that there is a high risk of damaging your own property. It is not uncommon for a professional team of excavators to be called in after a homeowner’s already damaged their home or landscaping. So, to avoid having your utilities, home, or something else severely damaged, call in the professionals. Be Happy Property Services is licensed, bonded, and insured, allowing you to have peace of mind!

2. Right Excavation, Right Equipment

When it comes to excavation, a shovel and post hole digger isn’t enough, but that is often all a regular homeowner will have available. With Be Happy Property Services, our professional contractors are equipped with everything they need to complete the job - from start to finish.  

3. No Liability For Damage or Injury

As most property owners have never engaged in excavation, the likelihood of personal injury or damage increases. If things become damaged or someone becomes injured doing the job, the property owner will be held liable. Here at Be Happy Property Services, we are licensed, bonded and insured. That way, should something unexpectedly go wrong, you won’t be on the hook for the cost of fixing it, as our insurance will cover any issues.

4. Reduce Risks Of Erosion

Post-excavation, there can be significant risk of soil erosion. However, with professional excavation services, that risk can be greatly reduced, giving you greater peace of mind protecting your excavated site. So, if you are looking for a top-notch team of professionals for your next excavation project, be sure to contact Be Happy Property Services. We are ready to help you with all your excavation landscaping needs! Be Happy Property Services provides residential and commercial properties in Anchorage and our surrounding areas with dependable, licensed, insured, and bonded services.  One call, we do it all! 907-336-7434.

Excavation Contractors 101

Have you been told you need to hire an excavation contractor?  Not sure what an excavation contractor is, or what they can offer you? Read on to learn what you need to know about excavation contractors, including what they do, and why you should hire them.

What Are Excavation Contractors?

If you’ve only heard the phrase “excavation contractor,” you probably think their sole purpose is to dig up dirt.  But an excavation contractor does much more than that. They use high-quality heavy equipment like bulldozers and backhoes to take care of lot preparation and foundational issues. Excavation contractors work on many types of projects. They can be residential, commercial or industrial.  Here are some of the major excavation skills Be Happy Property Services can offer you:
  • Excavation
  • Earthmoving
  • Backfilling
  • Trenching
  • Foundation waterproofing
  • Demolition
  • Septic tank installation
This is only a short list of what Be Happy Property Services can do. Have a question? Give us a call today to learn more about the residential, commercial, and industrial services we provide.

What An Excavation Contractor Can Do For You

Now that we have gone over what an excavation contractor is, you’re probably wondering how they can benefit your property needs, whether you are needing residential, commercial or industrial services. 

Here is a more in-depth look at what Be Happy Property Services can do for you.

Site Preparation

Be Happy Property Services excavation contractors are essential to the early part of any construction effort. We can assist in determining if the soil is firm enough to support the foundation of a construction project. Additional testing can also tell if the construction can support the weight and pressure of the project.

Cut And Fill Excavation

Be Happy Property Services excavation contractors provide the cut and fill excavation work needed for the project to pick up. We clear the land of topsoil, sand, and rock that would make building a foundation impossible. After, we can also remove any unwanted vegetation from the topsoil to make the lot not only more stable but also more appealing.

Operate Heavy Machinery and Make Sure The Project Is Meeting Standards

Be Happy Property Services is licensed and bonded, which means we have a working knowledge and understanding of the safety and on-site job practices required by the Occupational and Safety Hazard Association. We carry liability insurance coverage for our work and make sure YOU, the customer, are both happy with our work and safe. By hiring Be Happy Property Services, you can rest easy knowing your work is meeting all the right regulatory and code requirements.

Ready For Service?

  Embarking on your next construction project? Look to Be Happy Property Service for your excavation contractor needs. We make sure your project starts with a sound foundation and have the professionals, tools, and technology you need to complete your project in no time. Contact us for a free estimate for your next project!
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Excavation | Does and Dont’s

Excavation can help to drastically restructure your commercial or residential property. It can also drastically restructure your wallet if you’re not careful. Here are some things to both look for and avoid when excavating your property.

Call before you dig!

As always, call your main utility suppliers and request to have a technician come out and mark your property for no dig spots. Most properties are littered with underground infrastructures that supply power, water and gas various hook-ups on the property. Call and have these infrastructures clearly marked prior to turning any earth. Skipping this step will most certainly lead to a busted or broken utility line on your property, and you’ll be left to foot the bill for repairs. Besides being ridiculously dangerous, busting open a utility line will cost thousands of dollars in man hours to repair. Money aside, you don’t want to electrocute yourself, flood your property with endless amounts of leaking water, or suffocate your neighborhood with a natural gas leak. All of these things are very bad news and ought to be avoided. Call before you dig! In Anchorage, simply dial 811 in your phone and the municipality will take it from there.

Excavation depths to avoid

While digging holes in your property, be sure not to dig a hole too deep or too steep. While the ground may support a 10 foot trench one day, a decent night of rain will drastically change the composition and behavior of your properties soil. You may wake up to buried equipment, or worse, you may get buried yourself while you work. Excavation trenches deeper than 5 feet are required a protective system to prevent cave-ins or collapsing of walls. Depths of 20 feet or more require that the protective system be de-signed by a registered professional engineer or be based on tabulated data prepared and/or approved by a registered professional engineer. Before excavating your property, know how deep you plan to dig and implement protective systems accordingly.

Protective Systems

There are several protective systems that can be used to ensure your safely while excavating your property. Lets take a look at a few:
  1. Sloping involves cutting back the trench wall at an angle inclined away from the excavation.
  2. Shoring requires installing aluminum hydraulic or other types of supports to prevent soil movement and cave-ins.
  3. Shielding protects workers by using trench boxes or other types of supports to prevent soil cave-ins.
Be careful when designing your protective system. There are many factors to consider in your design, including soil classification, depth of cut, water content of soil, changes due to weather or climate, surcharge loads (eg., spoil, other materials to be used in the trench) and other operations in the vicinity.

Competent Excavator

OSHA standards require an evaluation of an excavation hole every day prior to allowing any workers to enter the area. This evaluation must be done by a competent person to ensure the elimination of excavation hazards. If you don’t feel comfortable taking on this role, there are local professionals who can help you get the job done correctly and safely. Be Happy Property Services offers a large array of professional excavation services. With a safety first mindset, Be Happy PS will give you true peace of mind while they labor over the dangerous aspects of your property’s project. Sit back and let the professionals take care of your digging needs quickly and efficiently. To find out more about Be Happy’s excavation services, or to schedule a property assessment, please click here to send us an email, or click here to simply give us a call. Happy digging!

Resources

Visit the OSHA website to find more information about excavation and best practices to keep you and your wallet safe.