What Are the Different Types of Earthwork Services?

Construction is a major contributor to the U.S. economy with almost $1.4 trillion worth of construction built each year. It also highlights the crucial role earthwork excavating services play in providing suitable ground levels for the commencement of construction. But did you know earthwork services do more than excavation? 

Read on to find out what is earthwork and the types of earthwork services available. 


If you’ve ever been asked for an earthwork definition, the first word that comes to mind is excavation. There are many different types of excavation services that you might need on your project. These include: 

  • Rock excavation
  • Muck excavation
  • Roadway excavation
  • Stripping
  • Topsoil excavation
  • Footing excavation

In most cases, topsoil excavation is the first service needed. It works to remove the top layer of the earth’s surface. This includes the removal of vegetation, soil, and decaying materials. 

Soil Testing 

You will need a soil test done before the construction of any new project. In fact, you cannot begin construction without one. A soil test will help determine the suitability of the soil for the type of construction you plan to have.  

The test is performed by drilling into the ground and extracting a sample of soil. The soil will be classified before deciding whether there are any chemicals or physical conditions that have the potential to damage the potential building. 

Clearing and Demolition 

Clearing involves the removal and disposal of all unnecessary surface material. This includes trees, brush, grass, trash, and any other unwanted vegetation and growth. 

In the case of a pre-existing structure, a site demolition is required. A professional demolition service will first complete a risk assessment and secure an exclusion zone. Then, the crew will come in and remove the structures in a safe manner. 


Site grading is a technique used to adjust the slope of an area before construction begins. This is to improve drainage, aesthetics and provide a smooth landscape for construction.

Grading is performed by a piece of heavy machinery called a grader designed with a long blade to create smooth, flat surfaces. When a site isn’t properly graded it can cause problems to your building and surrounding areas. Issues can include erosion, foundation damage, and flooding. 

That’s why choosing a professional earthwork service is the best way to avoid issues in the long run.

Choose Earthwork Services You Can Trust 

Are you building or extending a commercial, municipal, or industrial structure? 

Chances are, you will need earthwork services to reconfigure the surface and achieve the required design levels. And for the best earthwork services, choose BuildPro STL. We provide excavation and earthwork landscape services for some of the Midwest’s biggest projects. 

Whether it’s commercial, retail, quarry, or public works, BuildPro STL can work with you to make your project a success. 

Ready to get started? Contact us to schedule a free estimate today!

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