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AUSTIN EXCAVATION SERVICES 

Havlick Services is an Austin excavation contractor. We specialize in  residential and light commercial projects, encompassing a broad spectrum of services that range from general excavation and grading to building pad construction.

Excavation Services 

Excavation is essential in most construction projects. Havlick Services is capable of handling a variety of excavation projects  types in the Austin area including:
 

  • Residential site preparation

  • ​Residential excavation 

  • ​Subgrade preparation ( Remove & Replace) 

  • Rock excavation 

  • Drainage excavation 

  • Pool excavation 

  • Trenching 

  • Culvert Installation

and orange compact track loader grading out top soil

Land Grading Services 

Grading is important on any construction project. Proper grading ensures the ground is sloped properly to support structures and allow for proper drainage and effective management of water flow. Grading helps prevent erosion, controls runoff, and mitigates potential risks. It also facilitates efficient site utilization, enabling a smooth construction processes and optimizing the functionality of the site

A nuclear density scanner being place on the ground to test soil density

Building Pad Construction

Building pad construction entails the removal of unstable and expansive soils, compaction of the subgrade and the installation and compaction of stable base materials supervised and tested by a geotechnical engineer.

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • When embarking on an excavation project, understanding different soil types and their unique characteristics is essential. Soil composition plays a significant role in determining the success and efficiency of an excavation job.

     

    1.    Cohesive Soils: Cohesive soils, such as clay and silt, possess strong binding properties due to their fine particles. While these soils offer stability, they can also be challenging to excavate due to their sticky nature.

    2.    Granular Soils: Granular soils, including sand and gravel, consist of larger particles with little or no cohesion. These soils are generally easier to excavate compared to cohesive soils, as they provide less resistance to excavation equipment. However, precautions must be taken to prevent collapse in unconsolidated granular soil areas, especially during trenching projects.

    3.    Organic Soils: Organic soils contain decomposed plant and animal matter. These soils are often highly saturated and can significantly affect the stability of an excavation site.

    4.    Expansive Soils: Expansive soils, commonly containing clay minerals, have the ability to swell when exposed to moisture and contract when dry. This behavior can exert significant pressure on foundations, leading to structural issues over time. When excavating in areas with expansive soils, proper moisture control and foundation design become critical considerations.

  • There are many factors that can affect the price of an excavation project. The following factors play the most significant role in determining price- 

    1.    Project Scope and Complexity: The scope and complexity of the excavation project play a significant role in determining the overall cost. Larger projects with extensive excavation needs and intricate designs typically require more labor, equipment, and time, resulting in higher costs.

    2.    Site Accessibility: The accessibility of the excavation site can impact the cost. Sites that are challenging to reach or have limited space for machinery may require specialized equipment and additional labor, driving up the overall expenses.

    3.    Soil Type and Conditions: As discussed in the previous article, the soil type at the excavation site affects the ease of excavation. Hard or rocky soils may necessitate more powerful equipment and longer working hours, leading to increased costs compared to excavating softer soils.

    4.    Depth and Volume of Excavation: The depth and volume of excavation required directly influence the cost. Deeper and larger excavations demand more labor, equipment, and materials, which can significantly affect the overall project price.

    5.    Utilities and Obstacles: The presence of underground utilities, such as gas lines, water pipes, or electrical cables, can add complexity to the excavation process. Careful planning and coordination with utility companies are crucial to avoid damages, which may increase project costs. Additionally, unexpected obstacles like tree roots or existing structures may require careful excavation techniques and increase project expenses.

    6.    Project Timeline: The project timeline also affects excavation costs. Tight deadlines or the need for accelerated work may require additional resources to meet the schedule, potentially increasing the overall cost.

    7.    Permits and Regulations: Obtaining the necessary permits and adhering to local regulations can add costs to the project. Compliance with environmental, safety, and zoning requirements may involve additional planning, documentation, and expenses.

    8.    Hauling and Disposal: Excavation often generates large volumes of material that need to be hauled away and properly disposed of. Transportation and disposal costs should be considered.

  • The excavation process typically follows a series of essential steps:

    1. Site Assessment: Conducting a thorough site assessment is the first step. This involves evaluating the site's topography, soil composition, and potential obstacles such as underground utilities or existing structures.

    2. Planning and Design: Based on the site assessment, a detailed excavation plan is created. The plan outlines the excavation area, depths, and any necessary stabilization or drainage measures.

    3. Clearing and Preparation: Before excavation begins, the site may need clearing of vegetation, debris, or existing structures. This step ensures a clean slate for the excavation process.

    4. Excavation: Excavation itself involves the removal of soil, rock, or other materials using heavy machinery like excavators, or bulldozers. The depth and area of excavation depend on the project's requirements.

    5. Soil Stabilization: Depending on the soil type, stabilization measures such as compaction or existing soils, or the installation of new stable base materials or aggregates is necessary.

    6. Utilities Installation (if applicable): In some projects, utilities like water pipes or electrical cables may be installed during or after excavation.

    7. Backfilling and Compaction: After the excavation is complete, the site is backfilled and compacted to restore the ground to its original or desired level.​

  • When selecting an excavation contractor, consider the following:

    1. Communication: Look for a contractor who responds promptly to questions throughout the process.

    2. Proposals : Ensure the contractor provides a detailed proposal outlining the costs and scope of the project.

      • Breakdown of costs: The proposal should include a breakdown of labor, equipment, materials, permits, and additional charges.

      • Defined timeline and milestones: The proposal should clearly define the project timeline, milestones, and scope of work. 

      • Exclusions: The proposal should specify any work that is not covered by the proposal or any additional services that may incur extra costs.

    3. Track record: Consider a contractor with a proven history of successful projects similar to yours.

    4. Familiarity with the type of work: Select a contractor experienced in your specific type of excavation work to ensure accurate cost and schedule estimation. 

    5. Crew: Verify that the contractor has a skilled and experienced team to handle the requirements of your project.

    6. Insurance: Verify that the contractor is properly insured to protect all parties involved in the project.

SERVICE AREA 

  • Austin

  • Buda

  • Dripping Springs  

  • Georgetown 

  • Kyle 

  • Lago Vista 

  • Liberty Hill

  • Lakeway 

  • Leander 

  • Pflugerville 

  • Round Rock 

  • Shady Hallow 

  • Taylor 

SERVICE AREA 

  • Austin

  • Buda

  • Dripping Springs  

  • Georgetown 

  • Kyle 

  • Lago Vista 

  • Liberty Hill

  • Lakeway 

  • Leander 

  • Pflugerville 

  • Round Rock 

  • Shady Hallow 

  • Taylor 

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