Excavating A Pond On Your Personal Property

2 November 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Having access to a large water feature on your personal property can be a great way to provide your friends and family with recreational opportunities. In addition to the recreational value a pond can provide, these water features can also be used for watering livestock or as an emergency source of water in the event of a fire.

Here are three things you need to know when excavating a pond on your property in the future.

1. Make sure you budget for a bulldozer.

Digging a pond by hand can be tedious and labor-intensive. If you want to excavate your pond site properly, you will need to ensure that your budget allows for the rental of a bulldozer.

Hiring a bulldozer (and an operator qualified to run the machine) will cost you anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000. Be sure that you factor this expense in to your budget as you think about beginning the excavation process. Consider looking into local professionals, such as T C Enterprises LLC, to discuss cost and other concerns.

2. Invest in soil sampling before beginning excavation.

When determining where to locate a pond on your property it can be beneficial to invest in soil sampling before you begin the excavation process. Dry, loose soils are not well suited for ponds, so you want to ensure that the soil in the area you excavate has a high clay content in order to keep water from seeping out of your pond.

A good soil sample typically is composed of 10 to 15 core samples from across the entire area you are considering. Be sure that you plan on investing in soil sampling prior to excavation to give your pond the greatest chance at success in the future.

3. Avoid any utility lines through careful pre-planning prior to excavation.

Determining the location of any telephone, sewer, or electrical lines that might be running underground in the area where you plan to excavate is essential when it comes to maintaining safety.

Contact your local utility companies and ask them to identify the exact location of any underground installations in your area. If the utility companies are unable to respond within 24 hours of your call, or they cannot locate any utility lines in your proposed excavation area, you may proceed cautiously with your project.

Excavating a pond can be challenging, but ensuring that you budget for a bulldozer, take soil samples, and locate utility lines before excavation will reduce the risk associated with excavating a pond on your personal property in the future.


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