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Hattie Z.
"We have a rental that we were preparing for new tenants and live out of town. I use Angie's list because I had bad experiences with a HVAC, and electrical contractor that I found" through word of mouth. I found
on Angie's List, and picked him because he was local to our neighborhood, and had good reviews. He was amazing. What I liked best about him is that he would answer our questions and helped us out even when he didn't expect work from us. Originally, we got a quote from him to hook up to the sewer. During the quote process he discussed all the options with me. Once we found out the cost, we changed our minds and decided to continue using the septic because we didn't want to spend the money and upgrade, but we still needed help on locating the septic and emptying it. I called
for advice because I am unfamiliar with the process. He told me how to locate the septic, where to dig, how far to dig, and who to call to pump it. We found a mess once we located and accessed the septic, and it was going to be expensive to bring our septic up to code. Instead, we called
to connect us to the sewer as it was now the logical route. My husband works in construction, and
met with him to discuss the plan and discuss any concerns he had. He is easy to talk to and addressed all of his questions and alternative ideas. We needed it done in a hurry, and he fit us into his schedule. He also adjusted the price based on the work we did to locate and empty the septic. He worked with our tenants to make sure to minimize any interruption in toilet service. He did the work without supervision-as we live out of town, did it honestly, timely, and professionally. He mailed us the inspections and receipts quickly, and without us reminding him. He is awesome, and of excellent character. I never felt pressured or insecure in what he was going to do or what it would cost me because he was forthcoming during the whole process. I really enjoyed working with
, and I highly recommend him.
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Jorge S.
did an excellent job. He was quick to respond to our needs and helped get our job done before Halloween so the kids can come trick or treating at our house." They built the steps over a two day period and my husband and I could not be happier with the job or the reasonable price. Thanks for a great job. They removed all the rubbish and cleaned up after themselves. Job well done. And thanks for taking on such a small job.
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Jeff R.
"I had the home up for sale and needed to get this addressed ASAP. I called to get an estimate and explained that the house was on the
and this needed to be" addressed right away. The inspector came out to the home and explained what they could do to fix the problem and have the home ready for settlement. The company had Miss Utility
the area where work was going to take place. We had the work done a few days later . They excavated the area and sealed the crack. It no longer leaks. This is very reliable company and I would recommend them.

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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


Excavating reviews in Oak Ridge


Bill Bett's was absolutely great. I had another company come look at my trouble and recommend a very expensive solution to my drainage problem. Bill gave me a bid to remove the tree, clear the root blockage, and then re-plumb the foundation drain.
His solution worked perfectly and THE WORK WENT FASTER THAN EXPECTED AND HE REDUCED MY PRICE! I don't remember that happening with any contractor I have used in the past at all.
I had expected my walk to be destroyed during this heavy work but no damage and all plantings were spared due to the companies care.
I generally do not give glowing reviews but I would recommend this company to anyone without hesitation. Scores A's in all categories.
- Neil P.

Excellent team ,Very professional ,good listener and ready to please , worked in place during 3 days , always on time ..
It's really a pleasure to find a construction team like this one , very honest and does a great job .
I will hire them again for any future project in my home , I will highly recommend them to anyone .
- Kamel O.

Mr. Landano came out to help me determine what was needed to fix problem with water running under my home, after three trips and many emails we came up with a plan. Installing Trenching and covering over pipe took two trips because the work was difficult due to heavy clay and many big rocks but the price quoted stayed the same. I am Very satisfied with work.
- Sherry K.

we've had
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out on three different occasions. The first was to excavate and replace a clogged, collapsed original sewer line. They arrived early and worked until the job was done. Second visit was to install back flow valve following the storm of the decade - again, great service and work. Third time was a smaller job - installing a gas line for our dryer. Very happy with their work - would definitely call on them again.
- Pamela K.

Very professional, responsive for doing quote. Explained everything thoroughly. Really wanted to proceed to use this supplier for work, but earliest date was almost 3 months out before could come and do the work. Chose to go with another provider who was also through and could accommodate an earlier date. Would strongly recommend, but be prepared to wait to get work done. The responsiveness was the only place I could reflect how quickly they could actually schedule to do work. It does not reflect responsiveness in arranging a quote, or responding to questions or emails. Very professional. Stood out in comparison to another place in terms of thinking through where it could be placed, and which system to use, etc.
- Ingrid N.

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located the septic tank, dug up the septic tank, removed the cover from the septic tank, determined that the problem was not with the septic tank...determined where the problem was and fixed it. He was very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with and we definitely recommend this company to anyone needing septic tank service.
- Rebajoe W.

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called me and apologized for my plumbing experience fiasco. He thoughtfully and patiently explained the mistakes that were made and how they were corrected in his organization. We mutually agreed on fair compensation for my inconvenience.

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- Robin R.

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1883 Scott Futrell Dr


714 Ellwood Dr
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7528 Kerr Chapel Rd



Hardscape Concepts Inc

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HnH Plumbing Inc.

2618-A Battleground Ave #295

J & N Construction Co

2550 Guerrannt Springs RD

J&S Hauling


KBS Earthworks Inc

5616 Coble Church Rd

MLA Design Group, Inc.

120 Club Oak Ct Ste 100
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MWC Builders

2224 Vienna Dovier Road

Powell and Associates Inc

636 King St

Quality Landscapes

1597 Quality Dr

Sealing Agents Waterproofing

PO Box 2370
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Steve Grant-General Contractor

2513 old cedar falls rd.

Stone Arbor Land Works

252 Lucerne Ln
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T. Simmons Backhoe & Concrete

7507 Doggit Road
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Terry-Lynn LLC

1596 Jennings Road

Timberline services

246 mustang dr

Triad Custom Homes

204 Prospectors Way

Walter M. Baynes Grading Co., Inc.

299 Baynes Road

Ward Bros LLC

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