Digging a Basement Is More Complicated Than You Think

If you own some land and you want to dig a basement that will eventually have a building attached above, there are many steps you need to follow that you may not be aware of. To help you through the process, here are a short explanation of a few of those steps because digging a basement is more complicated than you think.


City Approval

You won’t need anyone’s approval to dig a hole on your property, but you will need city approval before you can put a home on top of that hole, so it is always best to get approval before you begin the project. The city will let you know about required setbacks, easements, and any other rules your area requires you to follow. Once you have all the required facts in hand, it is time to get a plan.


Qualified Company

Working with a qualified company can save you time and money in an effort to get all the required steps completed by the deadlines specified in certain steps you must take when digging a basement. The company can make sure basement plans, reports, and drawings all have an engineering stamps. Your excavation company can also help you decide what depth you need to have for your hole, which can be dependent on whether sewage lines from a laundry or bathroom will be necessary in the plans.


Wooden Stakes

Before your excavator team can begin digging, wooden stakes must be pounded in and a permit to dig acquired. Again, your qualified basement excavation company can help you with the permits, and notify the excavator of the window of time he or she is allowed to dig in. The next step is to begin digging. Don’t try and dig your basement on your own. With all the rules and regulations surrounding placement, depth, and setback, imagine if something small was off by a few feet and the whole thing had to be redone! Call an excavation company and trust it will be done right the first time.