Excavation Can Stop Energy Loss

Stop Energy Loss In Your Southern MD Home.

foundation excavationWant to Stop a Third of the Energy Loss from Your Home?

Many people don’t insulate their basement walls because they mistakenly believe that the soil outside does the insulating for them. Unfortunately, soil is not a good insulator and heat loss from your basement can account for over one third of the total heat loss from your home.

Done properly, basement insulation will not only reduce heat loss, but it will make your basement warmer, drier and much more comfortable.

There are two main ways to insulate your basement interior insulation and exterior insulation.

For interior basement insulation, you can use any of the main types of home interior insulation, including fiberglass batts, rigid foam board and spray foam. Having a metal or wood frame of studs will help support the insulation and give you a place to attach drywall or paneling.

You should install a moisture barrier over the bare wall before adding the stud frame and insulation. Also, add a vapor barrier over the installed stud frame and insulation before adding drywall and paneling.

For exterior basement insulation, you must excavate the soil around your home  so you can get to the outside surfaces of your basement walls. Cover the entire surface of the wall with a layer of waterproofing material before adding rigid insulation. Metal flashing and a protective cover must be installed over the insulation to make sure moisture does not get between the insulation and the basement wall.

Before installing any kind of basement insulation, you need to fix any cracks, leaks or other moisture problems. Moisture can seriously damage your finished basement and the problem is far more difficult and expensive to fix after a basement is finished.

On the inside, moisture and vapor barriers will help reduce condensation, but they do not prevent water leaking through wall cracks. A basement waterproofing system is the best way to make sure you do not have moisture problems from any source.

On the outside, install a drainage system when insulating the wall. Again, waterproofing your basement will protect you from water damage.

Call the the trained excavation professionals at Scaggs Excavating for all of your site development needs.  410-257-6763

Southern MD Soil Erosion

Soil erosion in Calvert County and the impact it has on the foundation

Calvert County Soil ErosionIn Southern MD Soil Erosion around foundations occurs when the elements wear away from the topsoil causing underlying earth to be exposed by either water or wind. Soil erosion is a constant and common problem in the agricultural sector. This is mainly because it brings about the loss of the nutrient-rich top soil, which in turn brings about low crop yield. Bad for farmers right. But hear this; you don’t have to be a farmer to get a feel of the devastating effects. Erosion can lead to real property damage even if you live in an urban setting.

What impact does soil erosion have on your foundation in Southern MD?

Without the protective top layer of the soil that has been washed away, the underlying earth will have it hard attracting or retaining moisture. This leads to quick expansion and contraction of the soil around your home, which in turn places tremendous pressure on the foundation. Initially, the stress might start out as hairline cracks, but if left unattended, bigger problems like buckling walls, warped floors, and even total foundation failure might ensue.

Another danger that soil erosion brings to the foundation is that as the topsoil is washed away, pools will form around the edges of your house. These pools will then work their way into small gaps between the foundation of the house. Temperature changes cause the cracks to widen and cause the expansion and contraction of both the water and concrete. Surely, the foundation won’t stand for long.

You should not underestimate the impact that soil erosion has on the foundation. Naturally, it might take hundreds of years or a single inch of soil to form but takes just a few years for that layer to be destroyed causing damage to your foundation. If you suspect the threats of soil erosion, you should consider bringing in a professional repair team to access the situation.

Contact Scaggs Excavation if you are having foundation issues due to soil erosion in Southern MD.

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How to keep your soil healthy and fertile

How to keep your soil healthy and fertile in Southern MD

Southern MD Top Soil

A successful landscape is one that lasts a long time. But  if you’re wondering what the secret is for Southern MD landscape’s longevity then the answer lies on the top soil. If your soil is good, then you are almost always assured of growing healthy plants.

However, not all soil in Southern Maryland is built for growing good plants. More often than not, there are several things you have to do first before you can even plant anything on particular plot of land. Here are some tips on how you can have a soil that is healthy and fertile.

  1. Mix your top soil with compost
  • mixing your soil with compost makes it better in retaining air and water than ordinary soil can. Also, the compost introduces more nutrients to the soil which will help a lot in growing Creating compost can take a while, though. Active composting, wherein you take a systematic approach in creating compost, takes about a month.

Meanwhile, passive composting, the method where you let nature take its course in composting the organic materials, takes much longer.

  1. Putting mulch on your soil
  • mulch is any type of organic material that you put on top of your soil. It can range from cut grass to bark. Putting mulch on the soil can help the soil retain water better and prevent it from eroding easily.
  1. Take it easy on the fertilizer
  • just because fertilizers help put nutrients on your soil Doesn’t mean you have to overdo it. In fact, too much fertilizer can have adverse effects on your soil and the environment in

If you need top soil contact Scaggs Excavating Today!

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According to the department of agriculture, soil erosion is a naturally occurring process that affects all landforms. In agriculture, soil erosion refers to the wearing away of a field’s topsoil by the natural physical forces of water and wind or through forces associated with farming activities such as tillage.

Don’t let erosion issues stop you from using your property the way you want.

Contact Scaggs Site Development today.

If You Have an Erosion Problem

If you have an erosion problem, Scaggs Excavating has the solution.

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A Scaggs Site Development Project in Southern Maryland.

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A General Summary of Excavating:

Excavation is also useful for digging out houses and trenches. When clearing dirt out for roads or sub divisions, excavation is what takes care of things. Even though there are a few means, the term excavation is used anytime that the earth or dirt is disturbed.

Heavy machinery is also very common with excavation, such as excavators or backhoes. Excavating crews run the equipment and dig up soil and rocks for whatever the purpose may be. Excavators are the most used machinery, as they can move a lot of dirt in a little bit of time.

Anytime you are taking part in excavation, you should always use common sense and be safe. If you plan to get down into a hole or trench, you should always use a trench box. Even though the hole may not be that deep, excavation sites can always cave in and at that point – things are very dangerous and possibly even deadly.

Not experienced in excavation Contact Scaggs Site Development, a local professional, excavation company.

Easy Site Prepration

Easy Site Prep in Prince George’s County MD

site preparations This message is brought to you from the professionals at Scaggs Excavating, located in Southern MD. We hope this article will help you learn more about:

  • What Site Prep is
  • Soil Erosion and Management and how it relates to excavation
  • Clearing your land of growth and debris
  • Site Prep work including laying pipe

Site prep is the best term that is used to describe the operations necessary to make raw land ready to accept improvements such as buildings, parking lots, roads, and other amenities. Once the project has been completed, the site prep is invisible.

The term site prep is a broad term that can include several different tasks, such as clearing and grubbing, soil erosion, sediment control, storm drains, water and sewer pipes, topsoil stripping, rock removal, underground utility, and several other tasks.

Soil erosion and management

To protect the quality of the water, soil erosion and sediment control measures are vital. With most locations, storm water permitting is required. All erosion and sediment control measures and devices must be in place and inspected before the first tree drops or first shovel full of dirt is removed.

The designs for storm water management systems are becoming more and more complex. The detension basins have complex and spiraling side slopes and bottoms that have almost flat grades.

Clearing the land

The limits of clearing can be marked with a GPS dozer. By following the outline of the display in the cab, the bulldozer can cut a path through the wooded area so other equipment will have a clear line to go by.

The traditional method used to clear debris, such as burning, is rapidly fading away. The air pollution standards will prevent any type of burning of most areas across the United States.

Site prep made easy

Depending on the job site, what you have to do will vary greatly. With excavation, what is needed to complete a job is as different as night and day. No matter what type of work you are doing, it will almost always require the use of heavy machinery.

Clearing lots for houses, grading roads, laying pipe, fixing water leaks, and digging foundations are just some of the most common tasks found with the art of excavation. To do this type of work, it takes a special individual as work is outdoors year round, meaning that you freeze in the winter and burn up in the summer.

Laying pipe is a task that takes skill. You first must dig the trench for the pipe, making sure that the elevation is right, and that the pipe will meet the specifications listed in the blueprints. There are several different types of pipe that needs to be layed, including water, sewer, and storm drains.

When you first begin your job, you’ll need to have the proper permits from the area that you are going to be disturbing the ground in. Once you have the proper permits, you can begin your work. With some jobs, you’ll need to document on paper just how much land you disturb each day.

Sometimes with excavation, the job site and plans will call for ponds or temporary ponds. This can be fun to do, although you have to be careful as well. Very common with sub divisions, ponds are something that take a lot of skill to dig right.

Manholes are something else that you will encounter as well. You can use machinery to set them in place, although they will need to go a certain way. The easiest way to put them in place is by using an excavator, as you can lower it down and have a couple of workers set it in place.

Anytime you are working on an excavation site, you should always be careful and make sure you do things by the book. There are always rules and regulations that you need to follow. Excavation is a very fun trade, although you’ll need to be well versed with following plans, running machinery, and having fun outdoors.

We hoped this article has helped you learn more about site development and excavation. When you need a professional please call Scaggs Excavating 

Scaggs Site Development and Demolition

Excavating is one trade that can be hard to estimate and predict, developers are often confronted with the same challenging task of discovering a trustworthy excavating company who can get the job done right, on time and at the estimated cost.

Selecting a site development company for your building project, no matter what the size is a very important decision, requiring careful consideration.

Modern excavating equipment plays a vital role in almost every facet of new construction and below ground repairs or installation. Until recently this type of labor required large groups and many hours of labor. Today, one trained operator and an accurate plan can move an amazing amount of earth quickly and safely.

Scaggs Site Development offers the latest in excavating equipment, from Caterpillar 329D’s down to Caterpillar 304CCR mini’s, a fleet of Terex PT80 Posi Tracks and the latest GPS guided Komatsu D51PX22 Dozer. Jason Scaggs, the owner of Scaggs Site Development, tells us his company has the equipment to get your job done quickly and efficiently, small or large.

Remember when it comes to your project you want only a competent, trustworthy and professional excavation company to work on your digging projects. Excavation machinery can cause extensive damage to properties if not operated correctly.

Scaggs Site Development offers everything you need to complete your project.

Big Excavating Projects From Around The Web

Big Excavating Projects From Around The Web

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No matter how often we’re out on jobs we’re still impressed by watching these big machines at work.  We thought you’d enjoy seeing some of the big excavation jobs we found on the internet.

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Winter Highway Maintenance

Southern Maryland:  Keeping You Safe in Southern Maryland

In the winter months Scaggs Excavating is hard at work to keep our roads safe in Southern Maryland.

Here’s a close up look inside a Salt Dome, which houses about A MILLION dollars worth of salt.  Scaggs Excavating will likely empty a building like this in a day in an attempt to keep the roads safe in your community and on the highways.   Continue reading “Winter Highway Maintenance”