When it comes to ensuring proper water drainage and a solid foundation, site grading is crucial.
Land preparation helps ensure the safety of the building, the longevity of the project, and the reputation of the construction. Typically, grading happens after excavation. When preparing a site, dirt is sliced out of high spots and moved to lower areas.
This ensures an even surface or a properly sloped one if that’s the goal. This process ensures that the surrounding landscape around the building is flat, for a parking lot or landscaping.
Site Grading Protects Against Water Damage
When land is improperly leveled, it has significant ramifications. Imagine this scenario: a company has successfully constructed a vast office building. Companies move in, and employees start going to work every day.
Unbeknownst to the owners of the building, the grading and site preparation were poorly executed. Whenever it rains, water flows toward this building.
During fall and winter, the rainy season, water will pool around the foundation. This damages the foundation, washes away plants meant to prevent erosion, and poses a risk of water damage and flooding inside the building.
At some point, the foundation may even need to be replaced. That’s such a significant renovation that it may even be cheaper to demolish the whole building and start from scratch.
That’s why leveling land properly is so important.
Avoiding Subsidence Is Crucial
The hallmark of quality concrete and earthwork construction is time. We’ve all seen abandoned buildings from the 1800s’ that are still standing. They might look a little worse for the wear, but they’re still upright.
With a bit of elbow grease, some of these homes are even livable. That’s the mark of quality work: the test of time.
However, time brings up a lot of issues that don’t surface immediately. The effects of a region’s soil composition are one of those things that cause site grading issues in the long term.
For instance, some soils are softer than others or have a higher clay composition. In these regions, buildings are likely to start sinking into the ground over the decades.
However, buildings don’t sink evenly. Different sections of the building will sink faster than others, which means the foundation and structure will begin to crack and warp in odd ways.
To combat this, site grading means that you need to work with the soil, not against it. By balancing all the factors at play, a stable foundation can be created that will last for years to come.
Finding the Right Site Grading Services for You
When it comes to pulling the trigger on-site grading decisions for commercial and municipal properties, there are many factors at play. You need to pick the right contractor that will do a top-notch job, stays within budget, and prioritizes quality and safety.
If you’re looking for a solution that consistently delivers on time and budget, contact us today! We’d be happy to help.