Your property may be in the ideal location, be perfectly flat, or otherwise be excellent for you but if there are rocks on the property, you may find that building or landscaping can be rendered a near impossible task. In these cases, you’ll need to call in a rock removal specialist. Here’s everything that you need to know.
What is Rock Removal?
Rock removal is the process of removing rocks from your property. This could be surface rock, or rock that is buried underneath the ground. Both types of rocks can cause problems if you are intending to build or landscape in any way. Rock removal is done using specialised equipment such as excavators, bobcats, tippers, track rakes, rock pickers, rock loaders, and trucks. The trucks are necessary to operate some kinds of machinery.
Why Remove Rocks From Your Property?
Rocks can create interesting landscape features but if they are in the wrong place, they are much more trouble than they are worth. Rocks can make it difficult or even dangerous to use things such as mowers, aerators, shovels and the like, and they can render landscaping near impossible. After all, you cannot put garden beds over solid rock! An even bigger problem is when you are trying to build a home. If the rocks are large but not part of the underlying bedrock, you cannot lay your foundations or slab over them, as they are not stable enough. You will need to have the rocks removed first so that you have a soil bed to work with. Finally, large rocks can be dangerous on your property if they are not stable, or even if they are, as kids and visitors may climb them and hurt themselves.
Choosing a Rock Removal Specialist
Removing rocks from your property can be quite dangerous work so you may be best to call in a professional if you have tricky rocks to remove or you aren’t quite confident to do it yourself. Rock removal is usually done by excavation professionals using a combination of hand and mechanical equipment as necessary. When choosing an excavation professional, it is imperative that you make sure that they are correctly licensed, qualified and insured (with public liability insurance at least). Ask for proof of licensing and certificates if you are in any way unsure. Your professional should quote you on how much it will cost to remove the rocks from your property before any work begins. Ideally, they will visit your site first to get an idea of what needs to be done, what access they have, and what equipment they need as this will enable them to be more accurate when quoting you.
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