The basement of the house is often the most neglected and ends up being used as a storeroom or a utility room. Basements are devoid of sunlight and often fresh air, so they tend to be damp and dank. However, a time comes when you have to dig in or around the basement for maintenance work. Certain things need to be taken into account while doing this.
- Before you start excavation, it is important to get a soil check and only an expert can do it for you. This is because soft soil can loosen considerably if heavy excavation is done. You need to know whether it will affect your foundation or that of your neighbors in the long run. You also need to acquire the requisite permits before you go ahead with the job.
- It is important to remember that the basement is the closest part of the house to the foundation. Any water pipes or sewage pipes passing under the house are also likely to pass close by. When digging around, make sure the pipes are not affected in any way or the resultant leakage might adversely effect the basement directly. The same goes for any electrical lines or wires installed under the house.
- If you are thinking of excavating the foundation of an old house, it is advisable to start small. You do not know the soil condition and there have been innumerable instances when the soil around or below the basement has caved in. This can lead to serious accidents. For these reasons, try not to bring in any heavy equipment in the area at the very beginning but begin digging with light manual labor till a complete examination of the sub soil has been conducted.
With the guidelines mentioned above, you can now move forward with your decision to excavate ground near your basement.