Foundation Excavation

Foundations, Installed Correctly

The Foundation excavation process forms the start and base of every construction project. Making sure your foundation is set in the right place and at the right elevation is key to creating long lasting dry floors and basement areas. A foundation is no place to skimp on materials or to use the wrong materials. At All Terrain Excavating we believe there is only one way to do a job, and that is the correct way, using the right materials. Our detailed estimates outline what material will be used, where, and how much. No ambiguity.

A concrete foundation for your building serves as the anchor that supports the entire structure, distributing its weight and ensuring stability. No matter how good the carpentry or electrical is, if it’s sitting on a poor foundation there will be issues. Vermont is one of the more demanding environments for a foundation to survive in, as we have significant frost during winter, lots of ground water, and a wide variety of topography and soils to consider. This is when hiring a knowledgable foundation excavation team for your project, means the most.

A poorly constructed foundation can lead to structural problems down the line, including cracks in walls, uneven floors, and doors that no longer close properly. Fixing foundations after the fact is expensive and usually involves lots of compromises. At All Terrain Excavating we want to make sure the sitework provides the best possible environment for your foundation to work in.

Sometimes an Engineer or an Architect will have drawn the design and elevations but on smaller residential projects it’s not uncommon that it is left up to the homeowner, builder & excavating contractor to come up with a plan. To avoid issues in the future the following must be considered:

    • Final elevation of slab
    • Height of frost wall
    • Does the foundation need a footing drain
    • Are the correct materials being used for backfill & underslab
    • Does the property need any perimeter drains
    • Where will drains daylight or drain to
    • What penetrations do the frost walls need
    • Should any plumbing go in the slab


We’re not saying these other specialists do a poor job, but we’ve been included on enough jobs where we’ve picked up on and corrected large oversights ahead of time. And, while we’re thinking ahead, we might as well expand or add to your septic system while this equipment is here to save the builder on expenses.

All Terrain Excavating is happy to work with Homeowners but we are looking to build relationships with Home Builders and General Contractors who need a reliable excavation team. We realize we are frequently the first contractor the customer sees and the last when we tidy the drive & the lawn when everyone else is gone, so we want to make a great impression not only for ourselves but you as well.

Failing to properly plan a foundation installation will leave foundations in our area cracking, and leaking, over time.

All Terrain Excavating installs septic systems across Chittenden County, Lamoille County, and Washington Counties of Vermont. Get your quote today!

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