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How To Find the Best Excavation & Grading Contractors in Contra Costa County CA

Earthwork contractors in Contra Costa County do excavation, grading, digs trenches (trenching), dirt removal, and earth moving in a way that a cut, fill, excavation, grade, trench, backfill, or tunnel can be executed, including the use of explosives for these purposes. Excavators in Contra Costa County also provide topsoil and fill services, as well as landslide repair. Excavation is done on both residential and commercial sites to prepare them for construction, and can include removing, hauling, relocating dirt, gravel, and sand, or bringing them in. Excavation services are also done to prepare for foundations, basements, parking lots, driveways, roads, highways, and more.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best earthwork contractors in Contra Costa County and issues related to hiring them.

Updated September 27, 2013

 The TOP 10 Earthwork Contractors in Contra Costa County CA

Ted W Yeghoian Grading Inc
(925) 935-4875
964 Scots Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Areas Served: Concord CA, San Ramon CA, Danville CA, Antioch CA, Walnut Creek CA, Oakley CA

Delta Excavating Inc
(925) 625-7936
PO Box 338
Knightsen, CA 94548

Areas Served: San Ramon CA, Walnut Creek CA, Danville CA, Richmond CA, Concord CA, Alamo CA

Pacific West Excavation
(925) 625-9866
101 Monet Dr
Oakley, CA 94561

Areas Served: Richmond CA, Concord CA, Walnut Creek CA, Danville CA, San Ramon CA, Lafayette CA

Jim Freethy Excavating Inc
(925) 855-1440
122 La Questa Dr
Danville, CA 94526

Areas Served: Concord CA, Walnut Creek CA, San Ramon CA, Pittsburg CA, Antioch CA, Richmond CA

Finta Grading & Tractor Service
(925) 516-5859
PO Box 425
Byron, CA 94514

Areas Served: Concord CA, Richmond CA, Antioch CA, San Ramon CA, Walnut Creek CA, Pittsburg CA

How To Find the Best Excavation & Grading Contractors in Contra Costa County CA 

Earthmovers and trenchers in Contra Costa County are required to have a state license for your protection, such as the C12 license for earthwork specifically.  The former specialty licenses of: D19 license for Land Clearing, D56 for Trenching only, and a D43 license for Soil Grouting (including slurry trench cut-off walls and soil stabilization) are all now under this C-12 license category for earthwork contractors, or a contractor can do these activities with the broader "A" contractor license. Earthwork companies, especially those doing earthmoving or land clearing, will sometimes call themselves bobcat services, backhoe services, or tractor services due to those machines being used.

If earthmovers and trenching contractors in Contra Costa County have employees, they're required to have workers' compensation insurance for your protection. Excavation, grading, and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. If a worker is injured on your property and the excavation company doesn't have worker's comp, you could be liable to pay for the injuries and your own insurance may not cover that cost. Trenching and excavation present the possibilities of cave-ins, falls, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, and accidents with earthmoving equipment such as bulldozers and backhoes.

Excavators in Contra Costa County are not required by law to have general liability insurance; however, all excavation, grading, and trenching contractors bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation have general liability insurance coverage which reimburses their client in the event of any damages, in addition to passing all other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 such as phone calls with previous clients, hiring only documented workers, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.

 

Excavation vs Trench
Excavation is often defined as any man-made cavity, trench, cut, or depression formed by earth removal. This includes excavations for anything from cellars to highways, dirt removal to landslide repair. 

A trench is formally defined as a narrow underground excavation that is deeper than it is wide, and no wider than 15 feet.

No matter how many shoring, trenching, and backfilling jobs an excavator or grading contractor in Contra Costa County has done in the past, they must approach each new job with complete preparation and care, and the success of excavation work is dependent upon thorough planning.  When a trenching contractor waits until after the work has started to correct mistakes in shoring or sloping, it slows down the project, adds to the cost, and increases the chance of a cave-in or other excavation failure.

Before preparing a bid, excavation & earthwork contractors should be learning as much as possible about your property site and the materials needed to perform the work safely. Things they should be assessing on your job site prior to submitting a bid include surface and ground water, utility lines both overhead and underground, weather, location of the water table, surface and ground water, soil conditions, traffic, and proximity of nearby structures.   A trenching contractor who prepares a bid without this full assessment is more likely to charge you for cost overruns or miss your deadline.

To make that assessment, the trench contractor should be doing a jobsite study, observations, test borings for soil type or soil condition, and consultations with local officials and utility companies. Failure to do so means the excavator is unlikely to correctly determine the right cost and equipment necessary to do your project safely and on time.

Some Earthwork Contractors in Contra Costa County Are Much Better than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these contractors for earthwork in Contra Costa County CA: Finta Grading & Tractor Service, Ted W Yeghoian Grading Inc, Pacific West Excavation, Jim Freethy Excavating Inc, Delta Excavating Inc. Other earthwork contractors in Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, San Ramon and Richmond CA that might still be in business include: .

 

 

Questions to Ask Earthmovers in Contra Costa County 

When it comes to earth moving, excavation or trenching by C12 licensed earthwork contractors in Contra Costa County CA, ask some questions about the abilities, experience, and credentials of the commercial trenching or residential excavators you're considering hiring.

• How long have the trench contractors been servicing Contra Costa County?


• How many other earthmoving or excavation projects have they done specifically in Contra Costa County, indicating how familiar or not they are with your local agencies, utilities, soil conditions, water table, and weather.

• Can the excavation companies give you names and numbers of previous customers who you can call as references? (All earth moving  contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report - TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)

• Do the earth moving companies have experience in the same kind of project as yours, such as residential versus commercial earth moving or grading?

• How does the earthwork and grading company determine pricing?


•  Can the graders and excavators vouch that all their employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All excavation companies bearing The Prime Buyer's Report - TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)

• Does the earth mover have active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All earth moving companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report - TOP 10 symbol have already shown proof of insurance to research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)

• In preparation for a written bid for your evaluation, what process will the excavator undertake to do a thorough assessment of the site, including soil conditions, local agencies, traffic, and more?

• Does the excavator provide written warranties for their labor beyond the 1 year warranty mandated by the state of California for C-12 licensed contractors?

• What happens if the excavator encounters toxic substances in the soil? Are they licensed and qualified to do remediation, or will you have to hire an outside company?

• How will the trenching company handle cost overruns due to inadequate planning? Do they guarantee to absorb any such costs or will they expect you to?

• Does the excavation company give any kind of guarantee of completion by your deadline date?

• How well do the excavators know their crews? Do they personally hire and train their crews, or do they bring them in from the outside on a project-by-project basis?

• How often and when do the excavators clean up your job site?


• If the excavation project is residential, will you have access to your home during the project?

When you've chosen the most suitable excavation company in Contra Costa County make sure they are still licensed in good standing with a C12 contractor's license to perform your earth moving. (All excavation companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report - TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)

 

 

Resources About Excavation & Grading in Contra Costa County 


The following is a list of trade associations and publications on earthwork contractors.


Associations & Licensing for Earthwork & Excavators in Contra Costa County CA


CSLB Contractors State License Board
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs

ARTBA (American Road & Transportation Builders Association)

www.artba.org

LICA (Land Improvement Contractors of America)
www.licanational.org

APWA (American Public Works Association)
www.apwa.net

CUIRE (Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education)
www.msucuire.org

Common Ground Alliance
www.commongroundalliance.com

ISP (Infrastructure Security Partnership)
www.tisp.org

NASTT (North American Society for Trenchless Technologies)
www.nastt.org

UULLA (Underground utility and Leak Locators Association)
www.uulla.org



Publications for Contra Costa County Excavation & Grading Contractors


Grading & Excavation Contractor Magazine
www.gradingandexcavation.com

Better Roads Magazine

www.betterroads.com

Compact Equipment Magazine
www.compactequip.com

ENR California Magazine
www.california.construction.com

Equipment World Magazine
www.equipmentworld.com

RAI Magazine (Rebuilding Americas Infrastructure Magazine)
www.rebuildingamericasinfrastructure.com

Site Prep Magazine
www.siteprepmag.com

Tunnel Business Magazine
www.tunnelingonline.com


If you are looking for earthmoving and grading services The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Earthwork Contractors in Contra Costa County within the following zip codes:


94802, 94553, 94596, 94522, 94563, 94547, 94524, 94526, 94803, 94507, 94598, 94525, 94561, 94804, 94527, 94820, 94530, 94808, 94575, 94801, 94520, 94556, 94565, 94806, 94569, 94807, 94564, 94519, 94583, 94517, 94549, 94513, 94805, 94506, 94548, 94528, 94516, 94597, 94521, 94570, 94514, 94582, 94531, 94518, 94523, 94509, 94850, 94511, 94572 and 94595



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Earthwork Contractors in Contra Costa County within the following cities:

Knightsen, Rheem Valley, Walnut Heights, N Richmond, Rodeo, Bay Point, Danville, North Richmond, El Cerrito, Concord, West Pittsburg, Los Medanos, Hilltop Mall, El Sobrante, Diablo, Crockett, Martinez, Hercules, Oakley, Port Costa, Clayton, Briones, Walnut Creek, Cowell, Maltby, San Pablo, Brentwood, Vine Hill, Pinole, Blackhawk, Tara Hills, Clyde, Pittsburg, Port Chicago, Moraga, Discovery Bay, Pleasant Hill, Antioch, Bethel Island, Lafayette, Pacheco, Alamo, San Ramon, Richmond, Byron, Orinda, Kensington, Canyon and Point Richmond