When you begin a building project, to ensure a successful outcome, you must prepare and grade the soil on the site to ensure it can support a new structure. The process is necessary because it will clear debris away from the project area and even out the ground for a more stable foundation. Follow our steps for clearing, excavating, grading, and compacting the soil at your job location.
Before you touch the ground with equipment or tools, take a quick walk around and survey the property. As you do this, take inventory of timber that needs removal and any roots and vegetation that need to go too. Lay out a game plan for how you want to tackle the soil prep process and ensure you stay within the property line’s borders and boundaries.
Clearing and Grubbing
Now that you have a general idea of all the materials that need clearing, you can begin the process. Remove any tree roots, large rocks, and other organic material that could get in the way once you start building the construction. Do not worry about the entire property—at this point, you want to clear the material away from the construction zone. Other areas of the land can wait for a later time because you’ll want to start the building process as quickly as possible.
Separate Suitable Materials
In some instances, you may need to remove the top layer of soil to get to the subgrade material—which is best for building a foundation. Perform a soil test beforehand to better understand what type of soil your team will be working with. If the job site has poor soil, consider using a top-quality soil mixing machine to enhance and strengthen the dirt, which allows you to avoid headaches and issues in the future.
Level and Grade
To finish the preparation of the soil for your building project, you must compact the soil down and level off the area where you’ll start building. This gives you an even surface to ensure the foundation does not lean or is uneven. Lastly, you will add dirt on top of this to fill in the pockets that are not level and to reach the desired grade for the project.
Ensure you are taking these steps before starting any construction. Ignoring soil prep could be detrimental to the finished project if the ground underneath is not level to support the building. Take your time and make a solid plan to execute the process smoothly without hiccups.