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"After several attempts to get two other proposals
's Plumbing and Septic Tank is the ONLY company who returned my call in a timely manner." I was so pleased with
's information I drove out to meet
, and find out everything he could provide me on the issue of replacing a Septic Tank and Drain field.
, answered all my questions and provided everything I needed to know. He wrote the Proposal that very day. His price was amazingly lower than others, including in his cost removing a fence to access the property, then putting it back in place while waiting two days for the City Inspector to come. Taking down the fence twice without additional charges. The professional workmen
and Nick were excellent putting in the entire system,
handles the equipment, while
places the tank and drains in perfectly. The two men on staff were exceptional in their work, I felt peacefully aware I had chosen the right company for the job. They were more professional than you can imagine having a peace during the entire install, not realized in many other maintenance jobs of a significant size. Payment made easy. Hat's off "
's Plumbing and Septic Tank and crew." I greatly appreciate your professional install. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY TO YOU.

-Phoebe G K.

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"A local plumber came out, found the problem was just a spicket, and replaced it for $600.00. They also encouraged me to report
on Angie's" list, as did my insurance company. I did not get an estimate in writing. I did call the office on the 13th to report the situation to management.

-Deb R.

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Hiring an Excavator

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Well the fact is he is going to have to pull permits which means it has to be inspected before he is done, you also have to consider the equiptment that he has to bring out to the jobsite to do the job and the man power plus materials, it's costly, but I am not from your area so if you are unsure call another company out and see what they say.
Don't tell them what the other company said as far as price.
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It is almost certain that you will have to modify the foundation to make it deeper too - and that is MAJOR structural work.

 

You need a civil/geotechnical engineering firm with experience in foundation rehab and putting in basements under existing homes to design the process and prepare and seal the plans and specifications, which you will need before you can get a building permit for this. They will also be able to help you select either a foundation excavation or a house moving and jacking company to do the actual work for you.

 

The engineer can also help you with a cost estimate - because I think you will be surprised how much this is going to cost. I have designed or managed quite a few such jobs, from highrise buildings to homes, and even the smallest houses of about 600SF footprint ran at least $15,000, and generally house basement excavations run more like $25-40,000 unless the foundation was originally designed for it but for some reason the basement was never put in, which is VERY rare except in very deep frost areas were footings are occasionally deep enough to allow a basement to be dug without deepening them. I worked on a couple back east that ran about $100,000 each because they were old 2-story brick buildings, which are very sensitive to differential movements - probably like yours.

 

A couple of other factors to consider is that in doing this you are likely to get at least some minor drywall cracking and door and window jamming, and be sure the contractor is insured and bonded to the hilt and for the potential rebuild value of the house, not just the job cost, because a major mistake can turn your house into a teardown. Not common, but the less experienced the contractor the more likely he is to do something dramatically wrong, and at the same time the smaller and less experienced contractors generally have lower coverages so your risks is compounded in two ways. With a row home you have the added risk of damaging adjacent units.

 

One thing to consider cost wise before you go ahead - I have worked a couple of jobs where it turned out cheaper and far safer to scrap the digging in a basement idea and put in an addition with same footprint instead. However, looking back I see you are in a row home, so that is likely not going to work. However, being in a row home, especially if on the Potomac flats south or east of the capital area, the soil conditions are generally the pits once you get off the Georgetown heights, so putting a basement under a rowhome without disturbing the other ones is VERY difficult and pricey - I would be surprised if you could do it for less than $100,000.

One other factor is utilities - one of the first things to do is check depth to any utilities like sewer lines, the Metro, etc - if you are over one of those that could well put your project totally out of the frame of reality.

 

You asked for a recommendation - one who specializes in this type of work that I would recommend, though your job might well be too small size for them - but they might be able to give you an engineer and contractor recommendation if so. Company name is Schnabel Foundation Company in Sterling Va and Bethesda, MD in your area - website www.schnabel.com. They could handle both the engineering and construction.

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If the windows are being put in by a general contractor, he can easily handle the window wells too. If you were looking for a window installer to do the windows, they might or might not do the window wells as well - some do, some do not. A small one-man excavation company can do this excavation, as can a handyman as it just takes about 1/2-1 hour shovel work per window in normal soil conditions, because the soil around the foundation is already pretty loose from foundation constructiuon (as a rule). Just be sure they pour concrete in the bottom to keep water from coming under the well, and that it is firmly fastened to the foundation and liberally asphalt sealed at the interface with the concrete - not just caulked at the edge, but mastic-coated on cleaned concrete BEFORE the window well in installed and concrete poured in the bottom. (Note - the concrete depends on soil conditions and water level - if your soil is pretty free draining and groundwater level never comes up to bottom of window well, then a gravel bed in the bottom is best so it stays dry - but if groundwater rises that high or you are in real impermeable soil like clay, then concrete works best. If concrete bottom is used, you probably want to have the clear acrylic window well cover put on too to keep water and frogs and such out. Of course, if this is an emergency egress window, you cannot put the plastic covers over it legally.
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Wow - from way general to totally specific - nice job, you have your scope of work almost ready to contact potential bidders about giving a bid - just need to double check each item hads quantities attached to it, plus a plan with depths (or specify tie-in elevations to existing pipe and required drain/pipe slopes - say 1% or more). Search the List (in green banner bar) for Earthwork and Excavation contractors in your area with good reviews and ratings.

here is a very rough idea of costs - obviously you need bids to tie it down, this should just give you a ballpark to compare to - assuming all this work is done at the same time.

1) & 2) - Tree and rock maybe $100 - more like $200 if you want the stump totally rooted out rather than just the stump and root crown taken out.

3) Walk removal and disposal probably about $100-200 - maybe half if these are 3-4 inch individual concrete squares or rectangles that can be skidded to the side, the excavation and ground sloping done, then slid back into place with a backhoe or bobcat or by wood skids and prybar, eliminating the hauling and disposal cost.

4) Excavation and disposal of soil probably about $20-30/CY, because you are talking a small quantity. Cheaper if you have an on-site area it can be spread out onsite for disposal, or stockpiled in yard as a future project dirt pile, if that is suitable.

5) You don't say what the existing drain is - underground drain for downspouts maybe ? For shallow burial, probably about $5/LF or so. Why square - round is cheaper and far stronger for given material thickness.

6) Fence R&R probably about $150-200, depending on depth of posts and whether concreted in or not.

7) vegetation removal - not knowing how much, $100-200

8) Garden wall around $10-12/SF assuming excavated material from yard is suitable for the general backfill - remember should go 4-12 inches below grade for stability (4" for this wall, more like 6-12 for higher front wall)

Front/side yard:

1) Move large boulder - $50-100

2) vegetation removal and relocate 3 shrubs - $150-300 (not knowing how much vegetation orhow big shrubs are)

3) excavation at $20-30/CY again as above

4) sprinkler system relocate/repair - $75-150

5) garden wall around $12-15/SF as above including concrete footer needed for this height wall

6) area drain laterals about $5-10/LF, assuming not over 3 feet deep

7) slab drainage - I don't know where the quick lime idea came from, but this is a no-go - it will remove a small amount of water (maybe 5-20 gallons) from the soil one-time - it has no long term function as it will quickly become saturated. You are actually likely to have 5 wet circles in your concrete slab from this forever, as the lime will act as a soggy sponge, retaining water that would otherwise wick away. If you have or expect a basement slab moisture problem, then you need a sump pump with sump installed, and possibly (depending on how free-draining the base material under your slab is to carry waer to the sump pump) lateral drains cut in below the perimeter of the slab. Can run from $800-1500 range for a pump and pit depending on capacity and wiring situation, plus $500-1000 for an emergency battery-powered backup if desired. $1000-2500 range typically if lateral drains around the perimeter of the slab are necessary. Cheaper but sloppier and moisture-causing solution is small trenches or above-slab channels to carry the water to sump pump. These laterals are commonly held off on till you see if the sump pump can handle the issue itself, ASSUMING you have unfinished basement so a bit of seepage aroundbthe slab does no more damage than needing a mopping up. Personally, unless you have a continual seepage of water into basement or it is finished so leakage is critical, I would leave sump pump and drains for later - to see if your surface drainage changes eliminates the basement dampness problem, which it commonly does unless your water table rises to the basement slab level. Also, having a sump pump implies water issues and tolls against any future buyer finishing an unfinished basement, so it detracts from resale value if you have one.

Note these are off-the-cuff type numbers, NOT any sort of deliberate estimate - but I felt it was better to give you a ballpark than to just say go get estimates. Except for the floor drains, this sounds like a good job for a small 1-3 man excavation and hauling company, but make sure they have experience in putting in drain pipe and block walls and have good references in that area.

Note- if you are inclined to do it yourself work and have the time, most of this is good homeowner home improvement project material. You could have a contractor with a bobcat or small tractor with small backhoe come and pull the fence posts out (you could remove the above-ground apart easily), trench for the pipes, maybe move the rocks and sidewalk (though you could do that yourself with a few scraps of wood as skids and a 5 foot prybar assuming the walk is in piece, not continuously reinforced, and to do the bulk excavation and hauling for you, leaving the vegetation clearing, pipe work, trench backfilling, final slope dressing, block wall building, transplanting, etc to you - could cut your cost about 1/3-1/2. Basement slab drainage I consider a separate issue which would not cost significantly different if done as part of this job, or later if drainage channels or slab french drains are deemed necessary.

For the excavation - remember to get utility locates - I recommend once for bidding so they know where utilities are, then require the bidder to get relocates just before excavation starts. Gas, telephone, cable TV are commonly less than a foot down - water and sewer usually 3 feet or more but don't count on it. Also worry about septic system is you have that, and any power or water lines to/from well if you have a well. Plus of course your sprinkler system if in the way of proposed excavation.

Good Luck with your project

 

Excavating reviews in Jefferson

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You can see in their site (and in many reviews), this company charges $150 to provide an estimate, which is ok if is done by a drainage expert (one of the company owners) would come and evaluate my property.
but a salesman came to the property to meet with me. He was very friendly salesman and indicated that it was really the two owners of the company who had the expertise, but this salesman wanted to dig a french draining going trough septic field
The estimate I received was very detailed but $20,000 (after a "discount").
I later had three other drainage companies from Angies List out to provide estimates for the same work, and they ranged from $4-8k.
i don't mind back my 150 back but like to share my experience with angielist reader
- chin oh K.
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Thinking "how hard could it be?" I tried to repair the cracked mortar along my entranceway. Turns out, masonry is a lot harder than it looks. My DIY job looked awful. Hired
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to come in and un-do the work I'd done. They returned my call the same day and scheduled the work for that week. They were prompt and did a great job. I will use them again.
- Barry G.
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IT WENT VERY WELL. THEY CAME THE DAY AFTER I CALLED, ON TIME, AND CALLED AHEAD TO LET ME KNOW THEY WERE COMING. THE SERVICE TECHNICIAN WAS VERY POLITE AND PROFESSIONAL. THE SEPTIC TANK HAD NOT BEEN SERVICES IN SEVERAL YEARS. HE CLEANED IT THOROUGHLY AND HAD ME FLUSH EVERY TOILET TO BE SURE EVERYTHING WAS DRAINING PROPERLY. THE CAP TO THE TANK IS UNDER MY WIFE'S FLOWER GARDEN, AND HE WAS VERY CAREFUL TO DISTURB AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE.
- STEVEN G.
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They did superbly. Their estimate of the cost of the work was the lowest I could find, and the final cost was even less than their estimate. While this alone would serve as a good recommendation for their company, each person and each team was both highly professional and very respectful and polite, and I ended up liking them all. They worked fast and well, were always very available and responsive, and always satisfactorily answered all my questions (even those that I did not know to ask), and they addressed each concern of mine quickly and completely.
I highly recommend this company to whomever needs hazmat removal, demotion work, or construction.
- Mark A.
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He took down an addition to our screen room which we no longer had use for. He tore down all the screening, removed all rods, screws, etc. With his bobcat he removed the concrete slabs that the screening was attached to and, he cleaned up after himself and hauled all the unwanted material away. Great job. Nice to see someone who is not afraid of a little bit of hard work!
- Susan K.
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This company is punctual, professional, fast, and leaves no mess.
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and his team understood exactly what I wanted and made helpful recommendations. Very honest, no upsell, and great people.
- Kevin T.
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I found the owner
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to be very accommodating with our special requests. The job was done in a timely manner. I would highly recommend
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- Alex D.
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Day 1) Called
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about a full septic, told the woman who answered that it was an old septic with no 'trap door' for the pump hose but would need the whole thing dug up (about 7' across) and the entire top of the tank open, told the woman that i knew the exact location of the tank and that it was behind a large snow bank. was quoted a price of $205 too pump the tank and $55 per hour to dig, told them to come ahead that was reasonable imo. (Day 2) the first guy they sent with a shovel either didn't believe me about the location of the tank or wanted no part of digging that much snow and frozen ground, he left with the advice that he'd called the HQ and they would call us back with other options, 2 hours later the wife calls THEM back and was informed that "their man, never left a message" in any event they would send someone the next day with a jackhammer too dig up the tank. (day 3) get a call at 8 AM that unless we moved the snow bank they couldn't do anything. and for us too call them back, called them back guy in charge said he had a man on his way with a jackhammer. crew with jackhammer arrives, looks at the snow, says they needed a bobcat too move the snowbank that isn't even close too where the tank actually is, calls the HQ, HQ say they can get the bobcat out "sometime next week". I said thanks but no thanks id have to find someone else, a full septic wont wait until 'sometime next week'. over all id say 2 things, number 1 is I'm amazed that a large septic company in the northeast didn't seem too have the ability too deal with snow and frost in a timely fashion that didn't involve 'sometime next week' and the second thing , I have done business with
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on several occasions now and have always gotten the impression that they were doing me a favor by dealing with my problems and that my average bill of $300 wasn't enough of a pay out for them too take my issues seriously. they may be a good company for large projects but for small time issues in the sub $500 range they don't seem to care if they have your business or not. you call a company like this knowing its going to cost a bit more because you expect that they will have the ability too solve your problem for you, only to basically be told that its your problem and if you want them too fix it they may be able too do you a favor and get around too it 'sometime next week'. maybe larger project would get a upgrade in service and response but small budget projects its buyer beware. (in the end I called another local company and they sent a backhoe and pump truck out that very day, problem solved)
- kathy C.

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(Anthony)Co.

112 Blackthorne rd
Nicholson

Advance Southern

10168 Azalea Dr
Covington

Affordable Septic Service LLC

1956 Dooley Town Rd
Statham

Blue Print Construction, Inc.

209 Chandler Walk
Loganville

Bona Fide LLC

455 N Milledge Ave
Athens

BOWEN & SONS SEPTIC TANK SVC

493 STAPLERS BRIDGE RD
Nicholson

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CIRCLE S SEPTIC SYSTEMS

795 ELLIOT SMITH RD
Jefferson

Cochran Clearing Grading & Hauling

1380 Hoods Mill Rd
Commerce

Dreamtime Outdoors

10787 Hwy 92
Woodstock

ETL Construction

1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy.
Athens

G Force Plumbing

5044 B U Bowman Dr
Buford

Jim Casey Construction LLC

PO Box 6882
Athens

LASER GRADER OF ATLANTA INC

130 Pearl Industrial Ave
Hoschton

New Urban Forestry

PO Box 82036
Athens

Patriot Recovery & Demolition

2400 Oakland Lane
Loganville

Peek's Bobcat Service

P.O. Box 633
Watkinsville

Peoples Plumber

370 Blackberry Cir
Auburn

Perfect Image Landscaping Inc.

894 Gainesville hwy
Buford

Price's Septic Tank Services, LLC

2691 Jot Em Down Road
Danielsville

Sam Green Complete Grading Service

2251 Rocky Branch Rd
Bogart

Sandpiper Contractors

2621 Round Ridge Road
Loganville

Simply Southern Homes LLC

PO Box 110
Monroe

Tree Landscape and Concrete Services

6403 Edenfield Drive
Lithonia

TS Landscaping

112 Juniper Lane
Athens

Viking Development Group,LLC

4625 Trilogy Park Trail
Hoschton

Water Pro Inc

470 Dacula Road
Dacula

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