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"I had called another Septic Service in Frankfort to pump tank. When he arrive we had cap open ready to pump. He Said we had a thick
of scum." Did not know if his pump could remove. So he pumped the water out of the middle. Left the Scum and sludge. Charged me full price. Sold me
of chemicals to put in tank and told me to call him back in a year. I didn't like the idea but I paid him and he left. I did research online then Called
. He told me he had never seen a tank he could not clean. So he came out the next day. Took tool and was able to clean everything out of my tank. So be careful who you call in Frankfort. The cheapest price is not always the best deal. When I confronted the other company for a refund they said the had been doing that way for 30 years. I will review them on their site.

-Susan W.

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people were very polite and asked my permission for cutting some vines that were in the way (for example). They worked" hard and finished the work in one day.

-Chuck S.

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Hiring an Excavator

There are a number of reasons why homeowners need a professional to excavate their yard, concrete or around their foundation. In this guide to hiring an excavator, we'll dig into what situations require someone to do excavation work, what to look for when hiring an excavator, what you should do before you dig, alternatives to excavation, costs to excavate on your property and scams to avoid.

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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.

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.

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.

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


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He was very good. He fixed the problem and they did very nice work. We had a heavy rain and it worked perfectly.
- Walter A M.

Everything went well.
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was responsive and stuck to the schedule he set. The work was great and he even accommodated a few minor changes. Once winter is over, we will be using him to grade the lot. We would definitely recommend
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- David R.

The two guys that work for
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Excavation showed at 8:00 AM sharp. The found where the septic tank cover was using a metal detector. Using a large propane torch they heated the ground to soften it. Then they took an electric jackhammer and dug up the ground exposing the cover.
These guys knew what they were doing and they were there for about an hour. They helped me out and I am happy to leave this review.
- Ray P.

I spoke with
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and she was very helpful, informative, and courteous.
I got a written estimate with all the detailsand wa ery happy with them, we will use them in Spring when we do the work
- arpita B.

The City came out to do work on the sewer line in front of my house and indicated that I might want to get the line to the house sleeved. They agreed to leave their hole open, so long as I got this job done in a timely manner. When I had estimators look at the job, no clean out valve could be found.
The bid was 3200 to 4000, dependent on several things. The 3200 bid was about $1000 lower than the previous bid I had gotten from someone else. And better than a third bid where the bidder was unable to get down into the city's hole to look at the situation because of a bad knee.
I signed a contract with
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because of the bid and the positive things I heard about him. Although I was expecting to get the work done in about three weeks, I got a call from
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saying that he thought they would be able to work my job in the next week because some other job they were doing had to be put on hold due to the equipment needed.
Their equipment and a portapotty showed up the day before they were due. They were on time first thing in the morning. They put down plywood to protect my grass and the were able to sling a large rhoddie which has survived well. I did
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hostas--and it was left to me to go through the dirt pile to retrieve them. [Note: if you have a flower bed near the work, clean out the bulbs before the workmen get there.]
One difficulty that was discovered was that the clean out drain for my house had been dry walled and tiled over so it complicated figuring out what was going on. The hope was that this company would be able to open a hole close to my front porch, find a good part of the 106 year old pipe, and attach a new PVC pipe from there to the street. However, once the hole was dug the pipe was in such bad condition, that they were unable to attach new pipe to it so they ended up having to come into the basement, cut through the concrete floor, dig another hole, and at that point sleeve between old installation out to the street. Since the original bid had been based on the exterior hole, I was dreading getting the final bill.
The job was finished in two days, the hole in the basement and the clean out valve were installed under a cabinet near the wall and the work looked really good. The soil outside was packed back in and the yard looked largely undisturbed. The city came out and refilled their hole, compacting the soil with equipment that made my house shake and the paintings on the wall dance.
Then disaster (well, okay, a
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) struck. We had a day of torrential rains. In less than an hour I had an inch of water covering my basement. Luckily it was clean smelling. I called the city and the McBees. Got the city, left messages for the
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Bees. City came out and decided it was not their fault and that it was not a burst water pipe.
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called about 11 p.m. and after hearing the story indicated that there was no way it could be their fault but that he would have someone out at my place first thing the next day. Sure enough, his crew of three showed up.
I think I mentioned having two huge 100+ year old trees out front? One is an elm tree and every spring it produces millions of seeds about the size of a penny. That spring because we had had so little rain, the seeds had piled up on the porch roof, unnoticed until they were washed into the gutters and clogged the drains which then could not carry the rain away from the house. The crew cleaned out my front gutter and then left for their regular job. So far, knock on wood, there has been no more water in the basement. The sewer is working great, and I am singing the praises of this company. Their bid--well it still came in under the $4000 top.
By the way, when I mentioned the
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company to city workers--supervisors, street repairmen, inspectors--no one came right out and made a recommendation, but after the work was done, all of them said things that were very complimentary of the work that
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does. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
- RuthAnn P.

They contractors were ontime and were professional. The only problem was PSEG didn't make out the gas line correctly outside and while excavating they almost hit a gas line. The areas was restored to good condition when the work was complete and you can't tell that a tank was removed.
- Christopher R.

They were great. Everything went without a problem. They were here when they said they would be. They took care of getting the permits and arranging for the inspection, and promptly returned to dispose of the tank once the inspection was completed. They were very friendly and courteous and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
- Linda C.

Faster, neater and more professionally then I would have expected.
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Enviromental Consultants did an excellent job in a very short period of time.
- Peter R.

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