Site preparation is the first step before commencing a construction project. How you prepare your site will determine the success and quicker completion of the project. Make sure every step is done professionally to avoid future problems.
Soil Testing and Analysis
Soil testing is essential before commencing any construction project. The test checks the soil properties, type and examines the underground rocks. This helps to ascertain if the soil can hold the building. However, if the geotechnical engineer terms your soil as unsuitable, you need to look for an alternative site.
It’s likely to find structures on the construction site. Plan which ones will be demolished, repaired, or remain. During demolition, ensure the exercise is supervised by a competent professional to monitor movements and identify hazards.
Underground Utility Mapping
If your project is in urban areas, you are likely to find underground wires and water pipes. So, conduct a survey and know where the utilities are located to avoid damage. It’s also advisable to notify the relevant service providers of your project in the area.
Seek the services of a qualified land surveyor to identify and mark the boundaries of the building. In addition, a land surveyor will help you fix the property lines if they are not marked clearly. Next, you need an engineering surveyor to ensure the building is placed in the right place as per the design. They also check the topography and the area’s drainage.
In this step, Grayson Carter & Son Contracting Inc. will design the site’s access roads for vehicles, the drainage systems, and storage facilities for supplies.
This step involves clearing existing vegetation, such as trees and shrubs. However, observe safety measurements for the workers at the site. You can consider hiring professional tree trimmers if the trees are huge. Remove the rocks and keep them away from the construction site.
The type of soil will determine the depth of the foundation. First, remove the loose earth, tree roots and other debris on the site and leave leveled ground. After that, do the footing excavation on the exact place the building will be erected. If the place is sloppy, create a standard platform.
It is essential to compact the base soil to the required degree as per the IBC code. You can either use the tamping, rolling or vibration method. Most sites use crawlers, rollers, or tamping plate compactors.
Ensure termites are out of the site to avoid problems. These insects can feed on any cellulose material, such as timber. They can also gain entry into the house through floor or wall cavities and cracks in the slab. Ask the neighbors if there’s a need for termite treatment in the area.
Start the Project
After completing the necessary site preparation, the construction site work contractor can start the work without distractions.
It is essential to follow the correct procedure when clearing a construction site. Keep dangerous things in a safer place to prevent injuries. After demolishing structures, site surveying, soil testing, anti-termite treatment, and compacting soil, your site is ready for construction.