The Best Earthwork Contractors in Philadelphia County PA Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
Excavators and earthwork contractors in Philadelphia County PA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are the grading contractors and earthmovers that exceeded the minimum state, county, or city regulatory standard. They are those proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for competency and value, carry liability insurance for your protection, who use only employees verified legal to work in the U.S., and for whom our staff has called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them as excavation contractors in Philadelphia County PA including for dirt removal, trenching, earthmovers, grading, landclearing, backfilling and more.
Updated November 14, 2016
The Best Earthwork Contractors in Philadelphia County PA Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
The state of Pennsylvania doesn't require any state license of earthmovers, trenchers, and excavators in Philadelphia County PA, instead leaving it up to the cities, and for unincorporated areas, the county as to whether or not the industry is regulated, so there is no state standard for competency for excavation or grading contractors in Philadelphia County PA.
But even a city or county license, if required, is no guarantee that any particular earthwork contractor in Philadelphia County PA is doing business ethically, delivering value, or satisfying customers.
This makes it all the more significant that all all contractors doing grading or excavating in Philadelphia County PA who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record, verified county or city license (where applicable), verified liablity and workers comp insurance for your protection, only employees legal to work in the U.S., 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 Philadelphia County PA 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 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 Philadelphia County PA Are Much Better than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these contractors for earthwork in Philadelphia County PA: . Other earthwork contractors in Philadelphia County PA that might still be in business include: .
Questions to Ask Earthmovers in Philadelphia County PA
When it comes to earth moving, excavation, trenching, and grading contractors in Philadelphia County PA, ask these questions about the abilities, experience, and credentials of the trenching or residential excavators you're considering hiring:
• How long have they been trenching or earthmovers in Philadelphia County PA?
• How many other earthmoving or excavation projects have they done specifically in Philadelphia County, indicating how familiar or not they are with your local agencies, utilities, soil conditions, water table, and weather.
• Will 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 our research staff 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.)
• Will the earth mover show you proof of active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All earth moving companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report - TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
• 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? For how long and what does it cover?
• 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 best excavation contractor in Philadelphia County PA for your needs make sure they are licensed in good standing by your county or city to perform your earth moving if such is required by law, since the state of Pennsylvania doesn't require any license for earthmovers. (All excavation contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report - TOP 10 symbol have already had their cityor county license (if required by law) verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
Resources About Excavation & Grading in Philadelphia County PA
The following is a list of trade associations and publications relevant to earthwork contractors in Philadelphia County PA.
Associations & Licensing for Earthwork & Excavators in Philadelphia County PA
ARTBA (American Road & Transportation Builders Association)
LICA (Land Improvement Contractors of America)
APWA (American Public Works Association)
CUIRE (Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education)
Common Ground Alliance
ISP (Infrastructure Security Partnership)
NASTT (North American Society for Trenchless Technologies)
UULLA (Underground utility and Leak Locators Association)
Publications Related to Excavation & Grading Contractors in Philadelphia County PA
Grading & Excavation Contractor Magazine
Better Roads Magazine
Compact Equipment Magazine
ENR California Magazine
Equipment World Magazine
RAI Magazine (Rebuilding Americas Infrastructure Magazine)
Site Prep Magazine
Tunnel Business Magazine
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The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Earthwork Contractors in Philadelphia County PA within the following cities:
Philadelphia, Center City, Olney, Oak Lane, Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Roxborough, Manayunk and Kensington