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"I had a tenant that was experiencing problems with the septic tank.
came out quickly to assess the problem and" offer solutions. They also returned to the complete the job quickly once I decided what avenue to take for resolving the problem.

-Dolores G.

"Because so many basements flooded in May and June, there was a backlog of work, so our property couldn't be done immediately. However,
" came out to inspect right away after I called him. Even though he couldn't do the work immediately, he instructed me (and my teen boys) how to do an interim fix to at least let the basement dry out and not re-flood. It was ugly but it worked and it was easy! I really appreciate the respect and concern he had for us to enable us to do a temporary fix. When the time came for his crew to do the work, they showed up on time, parked thoughtfully in the cul-de-sac and driveway, and got right to work. They were friendly and polite and hard-working. They included me in the decision making, but obviously they were the experts, and I agreed with their suggestions about where to put the
and water channels. They were even willing to work with the landscaping materials (river rock & pebbles) that we already had on the property, saving us all time and money. They used top of the line landscaping material, and were very careful when they drove the backhoe into our yard. I could not believe how hard they worked, and yet had a good sense of humor, and were pleasant to be around.
guaranteed the work, which proves how much he trusts his crew to do things right the first time. Since then we have had some major
-washers and some days of slow steady rain, and an absolutely dry basement! I won't need to have them come back since they did it right the first time, but I wouldn't mind hiring them again; they were awesome to work with! I highly recommend
excavating, even if you have to wait, it's worth it! There's a reason they're so busy...they're the BEST!

-Elisabeth M.

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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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The day after the install i noticed some coloring of the asphalt c oming off my patio pavers resutling in stained blacktop. I called them to come and take a look and the owners dad said that they never drove on my patio pavers with the roller. This however was a complete lie because my wife saw the owner
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sitting on the roller ontop of the patio pavers, resulting in the pavers being scuffed up. We were told to stay off driveway for 4or5 days with cars, we waited 2 weeks before parking a car on it. Few days later there was a large divot from the car tire so we moved cars back onto street. There was also an area were driveway was sinking and an area with several large cracks beginning to form. Called them out again and they said it was all normal and did not attempt to fix any areas. Got 2 estimates on the damage and both estimates stated it was "not normal". Few weeks ago called the owner
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to ask again if they would fix the problem areas and he acted put out and angry that we would call him again for the 3rd time . Terrible people, terrible service, dishonest and did not do what their contract stated
- michael G.

My son believes the drainage tube may be too small to collect enough drainage for my property (it is just a 3-inch tube). They had left quite a mess on the side of my home where they dug the new trench and it pools mud and dirt up next to my house when it rains. I am not dissatisfied with the work, I would just like the company to come back out to explain to me why they selected the size of drainage pipe that they did, also the residual mud has been lifting some of the pavers in the back of my home as well so I would like to make sure it is cleaned up enough to prevent further destruction. I have not been able to get a hold of the company for the past two weeks with multiple calls and emails from myself and my son.
- Kathy C.

I hired Bury Landscaping to install a pop up drain attached to a gutter, landscape gravel and a landscape border. The workmanship was excellent, the work was performed neatly, accurately and on time.
Thank you for an excellent job!
- Chris V.

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arrived when he said he would be here. Very courteous and professional. Did his work, explained what he was doing and why, answered my questions and cleaned up after himself before leaving. Definitely would use them again. Much better than others we've used.
- Armando A.

He had a challenge getting his equipment into the yard and manipulating it around a tight space with each passing, but was very patient and did not complain. Very good about cleaning up afterwards. I was quite happy with the result, and while it's been several years since the work was done, and I do not remember exactly what he charged, I do remember that it was a fair price at
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- Elizabeth B.

It was everything I wanted!
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, the owner of the company, called me back within a day of leaving a voicemail for him. Within the next few days he was over my house and we came up with a plan on what would get done. I told him I wanted a coy pond with rock features as well as shrubbery and trees and lawn maintenance. In less then two weeks I had the beautiful lawn he had promised me. He was a very nice person to work with and his crew were wonderful as well. He now comes biweekly to maintain my lawn, cut the grass, etc. and it is always a pleasure to see him.
- Carolyn L.

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- Greg H.

The woman said they would call in a few days with the estimate. I had to phone the company after a week had past. She told me she had to wait on other calls and would call me back. She called with an estimate and I said ok and never heard from this company again.
- Felicia M.

Excavators in Canandaigua, NY

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A.E.Y. Enterprises, Inc.

1607 Commons Pkwy

affronti management

4650 lincoln rd



Alltech Contracting, LLC

Port Gibson

Barefoot Septic and Sewer Inc

2920 Telephone Rd

BDP Excavating

19 Reese Ave

Bennett's Trucking & Asphalt

144 Inglewood Dr



Chamberlain Septic & Sewer

1835 Ridge Rd Jct

christian lake construction

5192 podger rd.

Concrete Coating Pros

2 Country Gables dr

Cut Above Landscape LLC

251 Mendon Center Rd.
Honeoye Falls



Dusart Design Group LLC

5860 Ike Dixon Road

Estes Country Gardens & Design

4344 Cameron Rd

Extreme Tree & Landscape

49 Main Street


7278 Pittsford Palmyra Rd

Fossil Rock Landscape

541 Trimmer Rd

Healthy Spaces

163 Limerick Ln


645 Maple St

Inside & Out Enterprises

29 Meadow Glen


4298 Latting Rd

JG Remodeling

19 wolff s


501 Peck Rd

JMF Landscaping LLC

PO Box 16849



Mark Porretta Excavating Inc

4414 Latting Road

Mason Trenching Co

4 Dixon Woods
Honeoye Falls

MC Home Improvement

10 Oaktwist Circle

Meyers Environmental

60 Cobb's Ln

Moosehead Masonry

1272 Moscow Road

MR. FUSSY - HandyMan

2450 Welch Rd

Mr. Rooter of Rochester

195 Dewey Ave

North Coast Construction

7096 Dryer Rd





Pittsford Homes Inc

PO Box # 506


1835 N Union St

Smith's Gravel Pit

7120 Sodus Center Road

sps pool services

78 rocmar drive

Star Rooter Plumbing

46 Barbie Cir

Sterling Construction

3688 East Lake Road

Stonewood & Waters

PO Box 501

T & L Tree and Landscape

614 Frey Road




2565 Buffalo Rd.

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