Clermont Excavation & Site Clearing

Land clearing, excavation, removal of trees, vegetation and debris to prepare for construction or some type of development is an important step in the process. 

Some basic terms you may need to know when it comes to clearing the land 

Clearing  

The cutting down of trees, brush, and removing all unwanted vegetation and debris. 

Grubbing 

The clearing of roots and stumps by grinding or digging. This typically requires heavy machinery such as dump trucks, bulldozer, scrapers, and compactors.   

Excavating 

Removing any surplus soil. This could mean taking down a hill and anything left emerged after the land has been cleared. This is also the time holes are dug for things like a septic system. 

Leveling 

Construction leveling devices are used to ensure the soil is in the proper place according to the plans. Graded slopes are created to make sure water flows away from future structures. The dirt is carefully smoothed out, so that slopes are not too shallow or too steep. 

Stabilizing 

Equipment is used to stabilize the soil, eliminating any holes or air pockets that may be under the top layer of earth. 

Backfilling

The process of returning dirt to an area that has been excavated and the related work has been completed. Backfill is very important, it takes experience, a good understanding of specifications, heavy equipment, soil conditions and contract requirements. It also takes special precaution must also be taken around utility lines and ditches.

Dentist Test

A density test will determine how much stone, soil, or blacktop has been compacted. The process of backfilling can be tedious, it is done layer by layer, each needs to be compacted properly.

Top Soil

The top soil is an important component to the finished project. It is applied where pathways, lawns, and patios will exist. This will enable strong plants and grass development.

Our experienced team at Swell Construction knows what it takes to get the job done right. Including over 130 pieces of heavy equipment, ensuring there is no job that is too big, from land clearing, excavation, dirt hauling, roads, utilities installation to surveying and much more.

Orlando/Kissimmee Land Clearing & Excavation

Do you need a piece of land cleared in Central Florida? Where Do You Start and what do you need to know? There are a number of things that go into land clearing and just as many issues to watch out for. 

Utility Issues 

Underground utilities, sewer lines and power cables, are not always clearly marked. Detecting them may not be easy. Digging up these utilities can be extremely dangerous. Which is why professional excavation does excess research before beginning the project. 

Tree Issues 

Small plants and trees may be easy to excavate and remove, but removing larger trees and their roots take a lot more that bulldozing. It takes the experience of a professional to tackle these issues. Roots need to be expected before removing the tree and safety needs to be addressed as removing large trees can be dangerous and cause extensive damage. 

Hazardous Materials 

Hazardous waste left on abandoned or vacant property is an especially big issue here in Central Florida. Often times this includes chemicals, garbage,  unwanted dangerous materials. These items need to be properly removed and disposed of. 

Water Issues 

Water sources located underground can be difficult to detect until you start digging. Soft ground can indicate an issue with water, which can be expensive to reroute to make the property buildable. It is important to have the property inspected before purchasing. 

Permit Issues 

Permits are required before excavation or site clearing can begin. To avoid any delays, make sure you have all the necessary information for the permits. 

Finding the right team of professionals in Central Florida is crucial. This couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to preparing your site for construction. Land clearing, grading, excavation, stormwater and utility installation system, and paving, must be done efficiently and with great attention to detail, to ensure a successful project. Hiring a reputable company is vital. 

As a leader in the industry, Swell Construction knows what it takes to get the job done right. Including over 130 pieces of heavy equipment, ensuring there is no job that is too big, from land clearing, excavation, dirt hauling, roads, utilities installation to surveying and much more.

We are proud to be Central Florida’s full service, licensed and bonded land development company specializing in residential, commercial and multi-family projects.

Orlando/Kissimmee Site Clearing & Grading

The natural process of soil erosion, where the soil is stripped away, is a monumental issue here in Central Florida. Due to the intense rain and winds. If the land is not properly graded in the initial construction phase, erosion first strips the topsoil from the property, then compacts the remaining soil. Once compacted, the soil cannot absorb water as it once could. Increasing the rate of erosion and putting you at risk for floods. 

Preventing problems from soil erosion 

While soil erosion is a natural process, through strategic grading and stormwater management, damage can be prevented, as well as costly repairs down the road.

Strategic grading 

The purpose of grading is to ensure the foundation for your project is level and stable, according to your project. For an optimal outcome, the elevation or slope is altered. There are many factors to take into account, such as irrigation, drainage, and erosion.  

Grading can decrease a slop that facilitates erosion. Stabilizing the ground by restructuring, cutting the land, and eliminating slopes. 

There are a variety of methods and equipment that goes into grading. Large machines are necessary, such as excavators, road graders, and drum rollers. It is vital for the grading contractor to be knowledgeable and familiar with the environment.

Stormwater Management 

Another major cause of erosion is stormwater and rain runoff. Well calculated site development will properly divert water into proper channels. If not done properly, the foundation is at risk of sliding or shifting. Creating an unstable and unsafe environment. The last thing you want is water to ooze into the foundation of a building and causing structural issues. 

Preventing erosion and stormwater management is vital for a stable base for your project. Which is why it is so important to hire a Central Florida grading contractor who is qualified and experienced. 

Orlando & Kissimmee Excavation & Site Clearing; Choose Wisely

A successful construction project starts from the ground up, but finding the right excavation and site prep contractor in Central Florida isn’t always easy. 

No matter how small or large your project, there are typically a number of professionals involved. From the dump truck driver to the engineers, architects, and pipe/utility layer. 

The foundation of a long lasting, stable and safe building or development, are the excavation and grading. Properties here in Central Florida are known for having obstacles such as, massive tree stumps and root systems, unmarked utilities, and old structures. An experienced site prep contractor understands these issues and can address them appropriately. 

Easy and safe access for crews and contractors 

Preparing a site for construction takes quite a few people, crews, large equipment, and heavy machinery. Easy access with clear pathway and roads is important. Making the project more efficient, safer and faster. 

Keeps projects running on time and within budget 

Although most of the work of site prep contractor happens in the very beginning stages of the project, the impact is felt for months and years after completion. When the site prep is not done properly, it has a ripple effect. Not only wasting time as crews have to address unseen obstacles, such as unmarked utilities or buried boulder, but also down the road in the quality and longevity of the building. 

When it comes to excavation and land clearing, consistency and quality are keywords. Our experienced team at Swell Construction knows what it takes to get the job done right. Including over 130 pieces of heavy equipment, ensuring there is no job that is too big, from land clearing, excavation, dirt hauling, roads, utilities installation to surveying and much more.

We are proud to be Central Florida’s full service, licensed and Bonded Land development company specializing in residential, commercial and multi-family projects.

Don’t Let Central Florida Excavation & Site Clearing Break Your Budget!

Starting a new construction project here in Central Florida from the ground up? It’s a very exciting time! Before construction begins, it is necessary for the site to be properly prepared. 

Not only does this ensure your building is up to all the local codes,    you also won’t have any foundation, flooding, or erosion issues down the road. 

What you need to know about prepping and excavating the construction site. 

There are many tasks and responsibilities associated with site development. To ensure it is done right, you need a professional service. 

It all starts with removing any obstacles such as trees, roots, debris, rocks, various types of soil. The soil is tested, unstable soil may need to be removed, while appropriate soil may need to be brought in. It is then properly graded to ensure the site is safe for construction. 

The terrain is reshaped according to the architectural design and proper drainage. 

It is more than just moving dirt around, it takes the proper heavy equipment, experience, and extensive knowledge of Florida’s laws and permits, to get the job done right. The last thing you want is problems down the road.

Today’s land clearing methods have gone through enormous changes in the past decade. Modern techniques are safer, conform to local laws and are environmentally friendlier, than traditional methods. 

The foundation of any building is expected to last for hundreds of years, supporting thousands of pounds. It needs to resist weather changes, say level and dry. While weighing several thousand pounds, the foundation withstands significant stress. In order for this to happen, the ground must be properly prepared and correctly excavated. Any corners cut here will show up when you least expect them, cracking, separating, and sagging. 

A few things to take into account for each individual site are the soil stability, quality of the backfill, even the moisture and water table.  It is important for the excavator to have the experience and knowledge to address the unique issues of each property to prevent any problems in the future. 

From projects ranging in size from 1 to over 500 acres, Swell Construction Group Inc. has a long history of commercial, multifamily, and single family residential site development projects. We are a full service, licensed, bonded and insured, site development construction company serving Central Florida since 1989. 

Contact Swell Construction Group for your next project.