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Why Is Site Work So Important Before Building? March 24, 2020

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Why Is Site Work So Important Before Building?, Chillicothe, Ohio

Having a new home or business built is an exciting endeavor. Yet, before any construction can take place, comprehensive site work must be performed to ensure the land is fully able to accommodate the structure. This is the professional preparation of an area performed by trained excavating teams and includes all of the steps that don’t involve the home or business itself. Discover the different elements of site preparation and why each is so important below.

Land Clearing

First, the land must be cleared of shrubs and trees. This critical step empties the lot of unwanted vegetation, creating space for the structure. Some plants may be more challenging to remove than others, with factors such as deep roots that must be addressed.

Subgrade Stabilization

Next, excavators will stabilize the layers of soil beneath the uppermost one (the topsoil). This is essential because it provides a sturdy base for your building’s foundation, thereby preventing structural damage down the line. The task may be performed by mixing a stabilizing agent, such as cement, in with the soil.

Controlling Erosion

Shoring and erosion control are aspects of site work that protect the construction area against collapse. During this step, professionals will use heavy machinery to manipulate the land, protecting it against the elements, such as wind and rainfall, to prevent erosion.


site workNext, excavation will remove soil from any area that must be dug out. This site work allows for space to be cleared to accommodate structures such as septic systems, water tanks, and any other elements of the construction that go underground.

Drainage & Water Systems

The final step of site preparation involves the construction of drainage and water systems. Drainage ensures runoff water has a clear path for flowing away from the property, instead of pooling around the structure where it could compromise the foundation. Water systems will provide a safe and stable source for the structure’s plumbing, whether that’s through a well or city sewer connection.


If you’re considering a construction project in the Chillicothe, OH area, turn to Gillum Excavating and Demolition. This family-owned and -operated company has been serving the community for more than 50 years and is trusted by local home and business owners for dependable site work and demolition services. Explore their full list of services online or call (740) 773-3425 to speak with a team member.

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