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Excavation is performed by workers in the construction field who use heavy machinery to move earth. This trade involves demolishing old buildings, creating new ones or tackling projects involving installation of driveways, landscaped yards or graded property. Learn more about the terms frequently used in this industry.

  • Contractor – This person specializes in an aspect of excavation helping to oversee and complete a job. The experts usually have a specific skill such as landscaping, electricals or underground drilling.
  • Demolition – Demolition is the process by which old or unsafe buildings are destroyed. One must make sure all wiring connections, utilities and water outlets are shut down before destroying the structure to prevent electrical fire or flooding. Explosives break up the concrete structure causing its collapse.
  • Excavate – Excavation is a process in which earth is moved to make way for something. Specialists use heavy equipment to move the dirt from one area to another when digging holes, leveling surfaces or creating drainage trenches. Excavated areas may be created to install concrete footings for new constructions.
  • Grading – Grading is a process in which skilled contractors oversee workers as they push dirt around using bulldozers to level the surface for paving or drainage. Grading involves dozing the soil until you have a surface that is sloped just enough for water to drain from a road of foundation.
  • Heavy Duty Equipment – Heavy equipment is key to many excavation jobs. Bulldozers easily push earth around while backhoes dig huge holes and trenches. Bucket loaders and dump trucks move the unwanted dirt to new areas for fill.
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    Arlington, VA 22203
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    Alan Trombley Construction
    E Chapman Rd, Presque Isle, ME 04769
    For the best cement and concrete work call us. We are affordable and our customer service is top notch. Contact us today!
    (207) 762-4141
    Durling Construction Llc
    4254 Airline Road, Wesley, ME 04686
    Groundwork Construction, including clearing lot, foundation prep, septic systems, driveway, both pre and post construction grading, ponds, all earthwork services and materials.
    (207) 255-4752
    Gerard Excavation LLC
    41 Bull Moose Lane, Lyman, ME 04002
    We have 15+ years of experience in the industry, our team has both the knowledge and the skill to take care of all your excavation and septic tank needs. Our team can help you solve all of your underg
    (207) 490-1964
    Drew Excavation
    791 Roosevelt Trl, Casco, ME 04015
    Excavation services offered in the area for any building that is under construction. Come to us for paving, grading or a variety of other needs to help you clear out land so that you can build something new.
    (207) 655-3015
    Allen Danny
    60 Swett Ave, Mexico, ME 04257
    Our company's services include excavating, trucking, bulldozing, and demolition. We are experts in the removal of stumps, clearing of land, and road building.
    (207) 364-2685
    Carver Excavating
    89 Winn Road, Falmouth, ME 04105
    We provide excavation work to construction and building projects. Our services include sand, gravel, loam, landscaping & demolition. We also do concrete foundations & septic systems.
    (207) 797-6085
    Cushing Construction
    Po Box 171, Readfield, ME 04355
    Contractor specializing in excavating, residential earth work, and lot clearing. We also work with septic systems and complete house packages. Fully licensed in erosion control and septic inspections.
    (207) 685-7328
    Jordan Construction
    Boothbay, ME 04549
    Construction crew offers complete site work packages, septic system installers, environmental remediation/cleanup, water and sewer mains and so much more for all your real estate development needs.
    (207) 633-6558
    Dwayne Buzzell Excavation & Landscaping Inc
    Raymond, ME 04071
    We are a full service excavation and landscape company that strives to provide high quality, professional services to our customers. We provide the best lawn and garden contractors, in addition to demolition service.
    (207) 655-2578
    Seth McCoy's Trucking & Excavating, LLC
    39 Blueberry Hill Rd, Alfred, ME 04002
    SMT&E has been serving the Kennebunk, ME area since 2003. Our highly experienced staff is always ready to assist you in all of your Excavating needs.
    (207) 289-0497
    Durling Construction LLC
    4254 Airline Road, Wesley, ME 04686
    Equipment used in our business consists of excavators, wheeler dumps, single axle dumps, dozer, grader, concrete forms for foundations and flatwork, welding/cutting tools for metal fabrication
    (207) 263-4970
    Plante Chas A & Sons
    Springfield, ME 04487
    (207) 324-2412
    Steelstone Industries Inc
    Houlton, ME 04730
    (207) 532-2675
    Fellis Construction
    1571 Mariaville Rd, Ellsworth, ME 04605
    (207) 537-2570
    Roy Cl & Sons Inc
    Frenchville, ME 04745
    (207) 543-7718


    A company which excavates earth does so to ready it for a building or other form of practical use. Contractors hired to excavate a parcel of land might variously be hired to clear the surface or subterranean area of a property. The excavation industry can involve a varied number of equipment items and procedures. Additionally, professionals in this field may work hand-in-hand with construction, demolition, electrical installation, or landscape companies. The specific practices to be used when contractors excavate some land can vary according to the particular client. For example, excavation contractors might assist with the demolition of buildings no longer required or sufficient for use. On the other hand, excavation can also be ordered to prepare properties for construction for the first time. Excavation in this second form often involves moving heavy quantities of earth so that a new foundational structure or material like concrete can be installed. Grading dirt in former mining areas can also determine the necessity of hiring contractors. Accordingly, this industry typically involves such machinery as dozers, crawlers and backhoes. Contractors could thus carry out dozing of the relevant area. They might also be tasked with drilling into underground layers of earth. After clearing out trenches, other professionals can place electrical utilities as required. Excavators could also prepare roads for paving and the laying of concrete. In short, the excavation industry plays an integral role in land use. From transporting earth to readying construction projects, contractors can serve a number of useful functions and roles.
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