Removing Unsuitable Material From Worksites for Stability and Safety

Removing Unsuitable Material From Worksites for Stability and Safety
When contractors discover unsuitable material, they must remove and replace it to create a firm foundation for the rest of the project.

While we’ve talked at length on this blog about fill material and what it takes to build a solid foundation, we have not discussed what happens when the existing ground on a worksite is inappropriate for construction. Some sites can be prepared with the addition of gravel, clay, or dirt, but others require the excavation and removal of matter that is not usable as fill. These substances can include muck, rock, clay, etc., and are often referred to in this context as “unsuitable material.” When contractors discover unsuitable material, they must remove and replace it to create a firm foundation for the rest of the project. 

Why Contractors Excavate Unsuitable Material 

Unsuitable material can include various substances, from clay and stone to construction debris and plant matter. Although some of these components are commonly used in construction, they may be deemed unsuitable due to the requirements and challenges for a specific worksite. Removing these extra materials allows contractors to create foundations that will last, eliminating any items that can shift or degrade over time and ensuring that the new fill meets the property’s every need.

Replacing Unsuitable Material With Appropriate Fill

Once the unsuitable material has been excavated, construction experts must replace it with matter that can meet the needs of whatever building or structure will be built on the worksite. Fill dirt, clay, sand, and gravel are just a few of the options that contractors can choose from. Many foundations utilize multiple materials for the perfect amount of porosity, firmness, and stability. Creating a foundation from the ground up can be a challenge, and excavation experts must be incredibly well-versed in the characteristics of fill materials, soil composition, worksite safety, and more. The experts at Reliable Contracting have the knowledge and tools necessary to create stable, long-lasting foundations, even when working around the challenges of unsuitable material.

Disposing of Waste and Debris

The job isn’t done once a crew excavates and removes unsuitable material. These substances must be appropriately disposed of and processed. Some materials may be reused or recycled, while others will have to be hauled to a landfill or waste processing facility. Disposing of waste properly is critical for our planet’s wellbeing, and the family at Reliable Contracting is committed to minimizing our negative environmental impact and incorporating green construction practices. 


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