From Groundbreaking to Finish: The Stages of a Successful Excavation Project

Two excavators in front of a sunset in El Paso.

Whether you’re involved in commercial or residential construction, it all begins with El Paso excavation services. Excavation is the process of digging and trenching a work site to prepare it for laying the foundation of a house or building. This process, often referred to as excavation services or the excavation process, is the first and most important step in the overall construction process. 

LB & Sons in El Paso offers quality excavation services to ensure your project gets started on the right path. Contact us online or call (915) 479-7060 to learn more about our services.

The Five Steps of the Excavation Process

Proper El Paso excavation services consist of five steps – site assessment, clearance, excavation, utility installation and rough-grading, and clean-up. 

Site Assessment

All excavation projects begin with an initial site assessment. During the assessment, the excavators will formulate a plan of attack for how they plan to excavate the site. This is important because it essentially determines the permanent site of the future house or building. 

Depending on the project’s scope, drawings and documentation may also be required. All of this is part of the site assessment process, which occurs before any work actually happens. 


Once the site is assessed and you have a game plan, the next step is to clear the area. This involves removing any trees, shrubs, rocks, buildings, and other things that could impede the excavation process. The goal is to have a clean slate to work with to make the excavation process as quick and easy as possible. 

Initial Excavation 

Once the area is cleared of debris and obstacles, you’re ready to begin the actual excavation. First, the excavator must dig down to the appropriate depth for the designated foundation. This is typically done with bulldozers and other heavy equipment. As the excavator digs down, they will move the dirt and earthworks to an appropriate location that’s out of the way of the foundation but not in the way of other happenings. 

Rough-Grading and Installation 

While nearly all of the dirt that gets moved during excavation services will need to be relocated, some of it will be reused. This process, known as rough-grading, is where some of the excavated dirt is moved back into place to level out the foundation area. 

In addition to rough-grading, phase four of excavation services also includes installing any underground utilities that must get laid prior to the foundation being poured. 

Erosion Control and Cleanup

Last but not least, the final step of excavation services is erosion control and cleanup. Erosion control and cleanup are done to ensure runoff from the excavation site doesn’t get into local living areas and water supplies. While this doesn’t contribute to the actual excavation, it’s an essential step to protect the surrounding area. 

If you want professional excavation services in the El Paso area, LB & Sons is ready to help. We’ll ensure that your project gets off on the right foot and remains on schedule from start to finish. Call (915) 479-7060 today to learn more.