Trenching: Steps to Take Before Digging

By billy | March 20, 2013

diggingWe all know that when it comes to digging trenches, workers tend to get a little over-excited. They want to bring in that bulldozer and get the job done ASAP! It must be that rush of excitement they get when they hear the engine roaring or the sight of mounds of dirt pouring into a massive pile. BUT wait- not so fast. There are a few steps you need to take first before you start digging. I know you’re eager, but this could save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

1. Do some planning.
This involves choosing the depth the hole you dig will be and the route you will take. Also, you will need to decide which tools you will be using. If you plan out your path before digging, you won’t have to recalculate right in the middle of the process. Also, in planning out what tools you’ll use, you can buy exactly the right tools for the job and not waste money on tools that won’t be utilized. Also, it’s important to find out what kind of soil you will be digging in. Take this into account also.

2. Don’t risk damaging something underground
Make sure you call the local utility service so that they can come and mark where any underground electric, gas or water pipes could be located. This way, you can protect yourself from getting injured and clear liability in case they are damaged.

3. Remove vegetation
Be sure to save any vegetation that you want to re-plant elsewhere once you’ve completed your digging. You can save small plants and even squares of grass for careful replanting. You also need to remove about 20cm of the topsoil. This is important because it could cause contamination if it is stored next to other spoiled material. Make sure it’s not placed anywhere near traffic or sidewalks.

4. Start digging!
Yes…..the words you’ve finally been waiting for! Go ahead and dig as much as your heart desires! But, don’t forget to keep these three steps in mind while doing so. Your new swimming pool such as these ones aren’t going to be worth it if during the construction process someone gets hurt, a gas line is damaged, or the ground is contaminated.

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