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Why Leveling, Excavation and Grading Are Essential For Outdoor Projects


When it comes to home improvement projects, few things are as important as a solid foundation–literally. For any outdoor project, grading and leveling the excavation is crucial. Particularly in the unpredictable and uneven terrain.

This is why it’s so important. Water that isn’t draining away can build up around your foundation, causing cracking, shifting and other structural problems. Imagine that the ground surrounding your home is uneven. It can cause uneven ground that makes it difficult to install driveways, patios and decks. If you want your outdoor project a success, make sure the ground is level and properly graded.

Let’s now look at each one and what it means to not do them correctly.


Grading is the process of leveling the ground to allow water to drain from structures. This can be done by using a excavator, bobcat, or similar machinery to move the earth until it reaches the desired grade. If not done properly, water can build up around the foundation of a building and cause serious damage. Worse, water can seep into foundation cracks, which can cause concrete to expand and contract, ultimately leading to cracking. The winter can cause water to freeze around the foundation, causing it to shift. Other costly fixes are possible.


The next step after you have graded the ground around the home is leveling. This is the process that ensures the ground is level. This is crucial for several reasons. It can cause uneven ground surfaces that make it difficult for driveways, patios and decks to be installed properly. It can also cause drainage if the ground is too high or too low in certain areas.

You might require a permit depending on the size of your excavation project. It can be difficult to obtain the correct paperwork. An excavation company that is experienced will be able to tell you what permits are required for your project.

In conclusion

Proper grading is essential for all outdoor projects, whether you are installing a patio, driveway, fixing drainage problems, or just re-landscaping your yard. Proper grading will ensure your project looks its best and protect your home against water damage.

It is not easy to do any excavation work by yourself. To safely and properly do this work, you will need heavy equipment and extensive experience. We recommend that you hire a professional excavation company.

Hiring a Professional Excavating Company-Bell Excavating/Bill Wolfe Excavating

You can save time, money, headaches, and stress by hiring professionals like Bell Excavating/BillWolfe Excavating. For any outdoor project, we can do the grading or leveling. We are confident that you will not be disappointed. For a free consultation on your project, call us or contact us.