Some defects in and around your home can be fixed, and some require demolition. This may entail demolishing an old home entirely, taking out an interior wall or removing a timeworn sidewalk. An entire home removal may only take a day or two and may very well be the fastest phase of construction. If large portions of a structure are maintained, deconstruction and removal may take closer to a week.
Many homes in the United States still use septic systems. This is because most rural areas and some suburban areas don’t have access to city sewer. There are some things you need to know when it comes to septic installation for your new home.
Many times to build a new house, an old one needs to be taken down first. A home demolition sounds like an exciting project to undertake, but there are several nuances to this job, too. Homeowners and the contractors should take care to ensure due diligence is taken to guarantee the project is lawful.
Whether you’re making way for a new building, a sizeable garden or just want your yard free of debris, then land clearing is what you’ll need to look into to make it happen. This process involves moving trees, rocks, bushes and any other natural obstructions that may exist on a given stretch of land. While some of this can be done on your own, much of it will require the use of specialized tools, along with the know-how of experienced professionals. However, even with the right help there are a few things you should know before getting started with a project of this type, such as:
If you live in a rural area, you may not have access to a reliable sewer system. If this is the case, then the installation of a septic system for handling your home’s waste is an absolute must. Unfortunately, this tends to be a rather pricey bit of work that can be a hard hit for any budget. However, there are several factors that could make the entire project more affordable – or more expensive. Becoming familiar with these criteria may help you get the septic system you need without breaking the bank in the process.
Trench drains can be found in more places than you may realize. They are used on roads, in food processing plants, at the end of driveways, near swimming pools, in parking garages, locker rooms, and many other places. A trench drain is a narrow trench made from concrete, metal, or polymer based material that is level with the ground and covered by a grate. It allows surface water and other liquids to drain from the area quickly to help prevent flooding or pooling. They can be anywhere from one inch to two feet wide and as deep as four feet.
If you are like most people, you want your septic tank to continue to function properly for as long as you live in your home without you having to think about it. Septic systems are usually buried out in the yard somewhere where you don’t see them and can go day after day without giving them a thought. You flush your toilet, take a shower, and do your laundry, all without thinking about how hard your septic system is working. Then, one day, you may look out in your yard or at a drain in the basement and notice that something is not right. You have a puddle and it’s not just water. What are you going to do?
One of the basics of home and residential construction is to have a good understanding of the site to be built upon. A host of factors determine the viability of a site for building. In some cases, these factors can completely rule out the site as a desirable place to build a home or other structure. In still other cases, it can add significant costs to the project, or it can increase the time frame of the construction. Following best practices in site preparation protects all parties involved in the project.
When you think of excavating contractors, you probably picture large backhoes ripping big holes into the ground and huge dump trucks hauling the dirt away. While it is true that excavators do work with heavy equipment that removes large amounts of earth, they can do much more to help you create the home of your dreams. Here are three times you may want to call a contractor about excavating:
You’ve heard that when hiring a contractor or construction company, you should make sure they’re bonded and insured, but what does that mean? Bonding and insurance for contractors are there to protect you and your home when involved in a construction project.
The Ins and Outs of Insurance
Contractors are responsible for having two types of insurance: worker’s compensation and liability. Worker’s compensation ensures that if a worker is injured or killed while working on your home, their medical bills are covered and compensation for wages is provided, regardless of whose fault the accident might be. This protects you from costly lawsuits if anything should go wrong. Liability, on the other hand, insures your property should anything be damaged by the contractor. This does not include poor work quality, which falls under a bonding claim. [Read more…]