High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Four Problems You May Encounter When Digging Your Basement

Construction & Contractors Blog

When you're building a new custom home, when the day comes to finally break ground and start on the basement, it is incredibly exciting. It's important that you understand the potential problems the excavator may need to contend with and how they could affect your budget, however. Here is what you need to know.

Poor Site Clearing

Homeowners often opt to clear the site for excavation themselves as it can save a bit on the final bill. If it's not done properly, however, it will delay the excavator getting started, and time is money. Remember to make sure the utility companies come out and mark everything.

Before excavation can start, all trees and shrubs must be removed. This includes the stumps. Roots should also be broken up as well as possible. While it's not always possible to entirely remove tree roots, expect to do some chopping and digging. Once the trees and shrubs are removed, it's time to start on the grass and other vegetation. This will require digging about one foot in depth and removing the sod as well as any roots and rocks you come across. This can be backbreaking, tedious work, so unless you're sure you're up for the task, it's best to leave it to your excavation contractor.

Severe Storms

Anytime an excavator must contend with heavy rainfall, work stops. While most excavation work is done during the summer months when rain is less frequent in the northern hemisphere, thunderstorms can come out of nowhere. It isn't safe for workers to be out in large metal machinery when there is a risk of lightning. If safety permits, workers will tarp what they have excavated thus far to prevent water from entering the hole as this can cause delays and additional safety concerns. Work delays can add to the final tally. 

Large Boulders And Rock

In many parts of the Great Lakes area, glaciers left behind a lot of boulders, which can sometimes be huge. Other areas contend with large walls of solid rock. Work may need to stop temporarily to bring in their demolition experts who will blow the rock up with dynamite. Unfortunately, an excavator doesn't know what they will come across until they start digging and blasting can add to your final bill. To avoid unexpected financial surprises, homeowners should add 20 percent to their excavation budget.


Not all soil is equal. For example, sandy soil will naturally want to continue to fall back into the hole that is being dug. Cave-ins are also potentially dangerous for workers, so braces may need to be put in place while the hole is dug and when the building site is compacted.

To learn more about what the excavation process will entail, contact a company like Bob Mahoney Excavating.


28 May 2019