Cleveland Excavators

in Cleveland, OH

Excavating Reviews in Cleveland


Day One: The Job began on
second about 9 am. The crew removed all necessary plants, saving desired plants and discarded anything unwanted. By the end of day one, they had almost completely excavated all four walls. We paid a third of the total cost, ~$4000, about halfway through the first day.
Day Two: This day consisted of the completion of the excavation, prepping the walls, and putting on a
of concrete, followed by sealer, onto the walls. The crew ended a little earlier on this day because of excessive rain. They tried to protect the walls as best one can. There never seemed to be more that about 4-6 inches of water in the trench, and the integrity of the trench remaind very solid.
Day Three: On the Forth of
, one worker came and rolled the tar onto the walls. This took about half a day.
Day Four: This day consisted of the installation of the new drainage system and downspouts, as well as the addition of gravel to create pitch and stabilize pipes in the trench. The Inspector for the pipes showed up early that morning, but he barely looked in the trenches. The inspector for the walls never come to look at the work. Now I am no inspector, but I would think you would want to go into the trench and look closely, but I guess that's why so many people get bad work done. I was very satisfied with the way that everything had been done, both to the walls and within the trenches, so I'm not too concerned. The crew were very good at explaining what each process was and the walls and drainage looked fabulous when they were finished. The crew met my request to backfill the gravel all the way up on one section of the house. The section of driveway was also prepped for concrete. This day also had some rain, but ended with the work almost complete.
Day Five: The driveway was poured and a small stoop was added (at no additional cost) to bring the door to driveway drop off more to code. The rest of the gravel, backfill, and Topsoil was put into place. They replanted the requested plants and allowed my wife to direct them in location. They replanted grass were requested. The rest of bill was paid at the end of the day, ~$8000.
Notes:Price: Now I know that I gave them a B on price and that is because I feel that similar quality work could have been done by other companies that I looked at for less, ~$1000. But no other company was able to offer the speed of schedule that
did. This speed is what was our deciding factor and for us the price was worth it. There was also an issue of water usage which I will discuss later.
Punctuality: Now I gave them A, the only issues that I had at all was the initial scheduling of the week which work would be preformed, which I found out was a byproduct of the concrete availability, weather, and how other jobs in front of mine were going/went. Once a date was scheduled I felt their punctuality was impeccable.
Responsiveness: I gave them an A; however, I did have some issues with getting some answers to certain questions. Again, I found out these were more a byproduct of the issues I mentioned in Punctuality. On location I felt every member of the crew was very responsive to my questions and concerns.Other: One issue I had not realized was how much of our water would be used. This was a cost that I was not planning on. The crew used our exterior faucet for running a drainage test, cleaning the walls, their tools, the driveway & street, the siding of the house, and the watering of the plants. I won't know the final cost for my increased water usage, but based on my normal usage it will be a spike. Let me make it clear that I never felt like they wasted water. The use was necessary, just didn't realize that I was going to be the one paying for it. I also had to have the Central Air Conditioning unit removed in order to preform the work. For anyone else using this company that does not go with
's subcontractor (Which is an additional cost) here is some advise. Definitely get it out at least a day before the work starts. They were able to move very quickly because we had removed it the friday before the work started. Schedule the rehook-up of the AC unit for the last day and let them know which wall it goes on. I waited for the wall to be done and had to wait almost a week to have my service provider re install the unit. None of that was
's fault, but something I didn't think about.
Because of the cost of the work, we were not able to do the rest of the driveway. If and when we do our driveway, I would definitely use them again. I felt that the crew did a great job and they were very fast!
- Samuel M.

I waited over a year to file this report intentionally. I wanted to be sure that our house is indeed better and it is. We bought the home w a sump pump and a B-Dry system in basement. Husband joked that the sump pump went off when someone spat on the sidewalk out front. Couldn't store anything down there - even w multiple dehumidifiers - because of moisture. From beginning to end the company went out of their way to be courteous, responsive, polite and efficient.
found that not only were the pipes 100% occluded but drain tile was installed when house built hundred years ago 6 in higher than foundation. (This is not good.) They dug around house, UNDER crawlspaces and stairs (by hand), replaced everything, replanted everything, worked above and beyond to replace and get house back in shape incl installing a temporary walk where concrete had to be ripped out until the concrete guy could come. They came out TWICE at no charge to add more fill to parts of yard that were sinking after excavation. The company worked out a great payment plan for us. And the basement 18 months later: it's dry as a bone. Gave them a B on price only because it was a lot of money and we still joke about how painful the price was - but yes, it was worth every penny and more.
- Mhari S.

Excavating reviews in Cleveland


My hot water tank broke in the middle of the night. I called at 7:00 AM and
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was at my house with a new tank by 11:00 AM that same day. I was quite impressed that they were able to handle my situation. I live alone and not able to make these improvements on my own. They came, removed and installed a new tank and helped with additional questions I had with other plumbing jobs. I booked two additional jobs for them to do. They were quite professional and even said to use the coupon on Angie's List to reduce the cost of your next service.
- Meg B.

All aspects of the construction- planning, demolition, concrete work, & carpentry- went very well & all work completed was of a very high quality. They did a great job of making sure you knew what you wanted & that it was documented properly in order to minimize change orders during construction. The company representative was very helpful & pleasant despite the difficulties of dealing with the city of cleveland. Although their prices are not the cheapest, they are still competitive. The construction phase went quickly & efficiently.

Provided written estimate, pulled permit, was still cheaper than two other demo contractors. Crew was polite, professional.
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even hauled away some junk in the garage and didn't charge extra. Pleasure to work with. Would hire again if needed.

Our basement had a musty smell. We had several contractors over and most of them proposed replacing the main storm sewer line.
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checked out the basement and suggested excavating 2-3 positions to examine conditions of the foundation tiles/sewer lines, and to snake/clean tiles and main storm line. The two-men crew (Foreman
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and Bill) were hard working, professional and prompt. They unclogged the main storm line as well as underground connecting storm lines, installed clean-outs and refilled the holes. The repair seemed to have done the job as the basement does not have the musty smell any more.
- Brian B.

At first I was not happy that my driveway had to be dug through. Not
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fault, he located the break acurately. But as it turned out, I do not have a mud area in my lawn that has to be repaired in the spring. I only have one block (section of concrete) that has to be replaced in the spring. I was lucky that my problem was limited to this area.

My problem occurred the weekend before hurricaine Sandy. Despite the flood of calls,
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took care of me on the Monday after hurricaine Sandy. I called on Monday (when rain from Sandy was just starting), had the line scoped on Wednesday, dug and repaired the following Monday.
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almost started the job on Friday but that weekend was trick or treat and we didn't want an open excavation while that was going on.
I was also lucky that my sewer was not totally blocked and backing up into the basement.
All in all, good job. Thanks
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Also, utilities came and flagged their lines. If I had tried to guess where the sewer lines were, I would have guessed that they were in the same trench as the water supply line which ran directly to the street.
I would have dug up most of the yard trying to find the lines.
- Patrick M.

"We live in a historic home and the water lines have been around for over 100 years. We were having more and more problems with water pressure. We couldn't take a shower and flush the toilet or wash dishes at the same time. Good luck if we ran water upstairs when someone ran it on the first floor, let alone wash clothes. We had heard about companies that had equipment to push through water lines without disturbing the lawn and garden. We started on an extensive
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. We spoke with contractors and subcontractors that either didn't have a clue or insisted on trenching up the yard. We even spoke with contractors that didn't want to bother to give us a quote. When pressed for a quote one said, "$10,000 dollars" on the phone. What a waste. Then a miracle happened! It came to us through
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. We didn't want to start the project until fall, just in case they were unable to push the line through. We didn't need to worry. Everything went off without a hitch! The project lasted only two days, utilizing two workers. They were polite, on time and very knowledgeable. They ran into a large metal object underground the first day, forcing them to place the line from a different point. They asked permission and then proceeded to push the water line through in a different location. They needed to use fifteen more feet of water line and did not charge additionally. The workers communicated with us every step of the way. While they used large trenching equipment, a little lump of dirt on the tree lawn was all that remained after the project. We were thrilled that we did not have the labor and financial issues of replacing grass, plants and flowers. We have great water pressure and now run everything at the same time without problems! We would recommend
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for any project related to the challenges of owning a historic home.
- Sandy Y.
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