Quality construction results depend on more than just the right building materials and working with an expert contractor. Achieving a successful outcome begins with site preparation—the work that goes into the land before construction. Identifying and addressing potential complications in advance will help the building process go smoothly. Here’s what the preparation entails.
How to Prepare a Construction Site
1. Clear & Excavate the Site
Clearing and excavating are crucial for foundation preparation. During this process, trees, bushes, and other vegetation are removed from the area where the construction will take place.
The structure’s layout is marked, and soil is removed from within this area to the depth that will be required for the foundation. The soil underneath the foundation will need to be compacted to prevent settling and ensure that it can support the building’s weight.
2. Address Access Needs
Site clearing can also ensure easy access for the builder during the construction project. When clearing vegetation and other obstacles, account for the turning radius of construction equipment, as well as the locations of power lines, temporary and permanent buildings, and other obstacles. Project managers should also account for perimeter access around the building pad to ensure workers and equipment can easily get to the building once on-site.
3. Grade the Land
Once the foundation is in place, the soil will be backfilled and graded. Proper grading develops a slope that will direct water away from the building, protecting the foundation from moisture damage. Failure to address soil grading could result in long-term damage to the building because of condensation and flooding, such as foundation cracks and wood rot.
If you need assistance with excavating or other construction site development tasks, contact Victor Enterprises in Ontario County, NY. Their experienced staff is committed to preparing the site efficiently so that you can begin your work right away. Visit them online to learn more about their services, or call (585) 742-2232 to discuss your project.