If you’re getting ready to build a home in the near future, you’re likely to need a professional to excavate and grade the site in preparation for construction. These tasks may seem like simple, straightforward work, but they actually require highly specialized skills and should only be carried out by experienced professionals. When clearing and leveling a building site, it’s often necessary to avoid underground electrical lines, sewer piping, mature trees and other obstacles, and digging in tightly packed or rocky soil calls for heavy-duty equipment that’s designed for that purpose.

The difference between excavation and grading

Although the terms excavate and grade are sometimes used interchangeably, they represent entirely different processes. Excavation refers to the removal of soil below the existing ground level while grading describes the process of smoothing and leveling the surface of the ground. Excavations are usually limited in size and scope to a single area, but leveling and clearing can take place over most or all of the construction site. Excavation work will be scheduled as needed at various times throughout the construction process.

Grading may be performed all at once before other work begins or in carefully planned phases throughout the project. Small-scale excavations may be performed by hand with a shovel or spade while backhoes, buckets and trenching machines are employed on larger-scale projects. Scrapers and levelers are two commonly used types of equipment that are capable of modifying the grade of a site for construction, drainage and landscaping.

Excavating and grading services are ideal for:

  • Foundation and basement construction
  • Swimming pool placement
  • Underground sprinkler installation
  • Drip irrigation installation
  • Electrical line and sewer pipe installation
  • Storm shelter placement
  • Drainage and runoff management
  • Road and driveway construction
  • Culvert and storm drain placement
  • General site development
  • Debris and brush clearing
  • Landscaping preparation
  • Hardscaping and water feature construction

Make locally owned and operated Norcon Home Solutions your company of choice if you need a professional to grade your property or handle any type of excavating work in the vicinity of White Bear Lake, MN. Our whole crew takes great pride in a job well done, and we’ll work hard to earn your business and your confidence. Appointments are available six days a week, and we’ll gladly offer to meet with you to go over the work in more detail as soon as you give us a call at (651) 238-6751.