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If you need to lay a pipe or electrical wire on your property or deflect flood water from getting into your basement, you may need to have a trench dug. A trench can be as small as impressions for planting seeds and can be as large as those that require heavy equipment to be completed. Regardless of the nature or size of your trench, letting professionals handle the job can save you time, effort, and potential back pain!

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Top Trench Digging related questions

It heavily depends on the depth of the trench and the kind of tools to be used. A hundred feet of the trench can take about 12 hours to be dug using the proper equipment like an excavator. Doing that by hand can naturally take much longer. The type of soil also affects the time it could take to dig a trench. Sandy soils can be relatively easier to dig, while clay can be difficult.

No, Taskers usually come with professional equipment to help them finish the job quickly and efficiently. They have excavators, trenching shovels, and trenchers with them when they come to do the service. If, by any chance, you have these tools on hand and you prefer to use them, feel free to tell your Tasker beforehand.

Yes, but this means that you need to spend time and energy doing the job yourself. It can also lead to severe issues if done incorrectly. Having a professional dig your trench saves you time and avoids having mistakes. Digging deeper trenches can also be dangerous and require extensive experience. Your Tasker’s expertise can get this challenging job done safely and cost-effectively.

It depends on where you live. In some states like California, you’re required to get permission from the utilities and 811 before using a tool to move the ground, while in others, shallow holes can be dug without permission. But generally, in the US, if you’re planning to dig a hole as deep as five feet or more, you need to secure approval first. It’s best to approach your local authorities before digging a trench to ensure you’re following protocols. 

What do trench digging services include?

Trenching services involve digging a large hole, usually using a trenching shovel and a trencher to help successfully lay underground wires, pipes, or structural supports. It’s also traditionally done to install or repair public drains, sewer lines, and underground utilities to serve populated areas. Trenching also has plenty of benefits if you’re taking care of your lawn! Whatever you need, Taskers can make your home improvement project possible. Here are the most common things you can expect from trenching services near you:

Straight trenches

If you live in an area with a limited surface to disturb, such as near buildings or roadways, digging straight trenches is the right choice for you. It’s a kind of trench where the sides are parallel, and the base is at a right angle. Having trench boxes or shoring is usually required as protective systems. A six-inch straight trench can also be helpful if you’re trying to control pests in your property, where you can apply a non-repellent pesticide into the soil to achieve a treatment zone.

Sloped trenches     

Sloped trenches have angled sides to prevent cave-ins. Its angle is determined by trench depth, soil type, and the amount of time the trench will remain open. If you’re planning to install large pipes or culverts, this can be the right kind of trench for you. It’s also common to have sloped trenches in new construction sites with a wider path of soil.

Benched trenches

To ensure that your trench or excavation site is entirely safe, you can try benching! Benched trenches are those with sides that have been cut away to create steps. The height of these steps, otherwise known as vertical distances, is determined by the soil type. The less stable your soil is, the shallower your angles should be. It’s best to bench it if your trench needs to be up to 20 feet deep. This is to help stabilize your trench and to make it more secure. For protective systems, shielding or trench boxes are usually used.

Bell-bottom pier hole trenches

For those planning to build a certain structure, make sure to have someone dig a bell-bottom pier hole trench! The base or bottom of the trench is usually wider than the top, giving it a bell-shaped cross-section. This is typically used to install footings to support the foundation of a structure. Since these kinds of trenches have sides sloping inward over the floor of the excavation, more protective systems are usually required to keep them from collapsing. 

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