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Before laying pipe, fiber optic cables, or digging up anything underground, you will need to excavate. Attempting to do this yourself can be very dangerous and even illegal. Hiring a professional excavation contractor to handle your project is the best way to avoid fines and ensure that the job is done both properly and safely. In this article, we will discuss four reasons why you should hire a professional before renting a bobcat and attempting to excavate on your own.
1. Professionals have special equipment
The right professional excavator operator will have a full arsenal of digging equipment and attachments to allow for safer and quicker execution. At Stan’s Airboat & Marsh Excavator Service, we operate specially-crafted marsh excavators that are built to glide across water in even the most hard to access areas.
Specialty crane arms may also be necessary in order to navigate around certain obstacles, and these should only be used by trained professionals. A professional excavator operator also might have access to special construction-grade, heavy-duty equipment that require certain licenses to operate.
2. Excavation is too dangerous to take on by yourself
Digging a pit of any size can be lethal if not done properly. Some dangers of excavation that you may be unaware of include:
- Contact with a buried or overhead power line can result in electrocution
- Pits can collapse if there is a heavy weight like a bobcat sitting on the edges
- Striking a buried gas line can cause a flammable gas link
3. Less risk of property damage
Professional excavators know exactly how to safely clear a dig site of any obstacles and move precisely so that they do not spill any dirt, bump into anything, or cause any damage. You may think that the only thing you need to do prior to excavating is call your public utilities companies to have them mark off buried pipes and lines. However, there are many other regulations that only professional excavators have been trained to look out for, such as specific environmental concerns and local laws.
4. Soil unpredictability
Many people who attempt to excavate on their own make the mistake of assuming that the soil they walk on will be the same soil that they dig up. However, this is not always true. Depending on the area, sand, muddy soil, or rocky soil can be closer to the surface than expected. This is a problem because digging through multiple types of dirt can be difficult–especially rocky soil that is hard to lift or break up.
Excavating without a professional also runs the risk of overly wet or muddy soil sliding right out of the bobcat bucket, and sandy or muddy pits are easily collapsible. Professional excavation contractors, like those at Stan’s, know exactly how to test the soil that will be dug up and comprehend its overall content. With several years of experience in marsh excavation, our professionals are highly skilled in navigating the extremely wet and unpredictable marshlands of Louisiana. Contact us today to request a quote!