A surveyor who consults with a land grading contractor will provide insight into the slope of a parcel of land and the variables that could be affecting drainage, erosion, or stability. A land grading contractor will analyze the information they are provided with, prior to determining how to go about leveling the property.
The Surveying Steps
During a surveying process, a surveyor will measure the land and will determine the gradient of the surface level. This information will be printed and shared with a grading contractor. A grading process is needed for varying reasons. If a new landscape feature is being introduced, land may need to be graded. Grading the property will provide a level surface for new plants and other organic materials to be planted in.
If water drainage or erosion have been issues in the past, a grading contractor may attempt to make changes to the topographical features that a piece of land possesses. If a new building project will take place, it may be necessary to grade the land. Grading will provide a solid base that building materials can be installed on.
The Grading Process
A skid steer, a backhoe, or an excavator may be used to remove and transfer dirt. First, a contractor will decide how much dirt will need to be removed or replaced. They will determine which type of machinery will be the best equipped to perform the grading process. Grading will involve using extension pieces that are designed to perform a specific function. A scraper, a clump remover, or another attachment that is designed to treat a piece of property may be needed.
A contractor may oversee the grading process and assign various workers to complete the grading steps. If drainage has been an issue, a contractor may decide to level the land and install some drainage materials that will promote adequate drainage. This may involve the use of underground plumbing or porous landscaping materials. A grading process often requires that land is dug up and that dirt is moved to various parts of the land.
Any excess dirt that will not be needed where the grading has taken place will be transported to another location. A land grading contractor may need dirt for future jobs. If they own a trailer or truck that they use for hauling purposes, they will load the dirt up and transport it to the location where it will be used.