SAS Land Services

Vegetation Management & Agricultural Contractors

Footing digging for house extension.

We are asked a lot for footing digging for both house extensions and new builds as part of our excavation and groundwork services. Here we have a quick overview of a few local jobs using our midi excavator to dig footings in back gardens with very small access through doorways.

Midi excavator digging footings, groundwork services
We had to remove the old patio before digging the new footings.

On most of the recent projects the first job involved removing the old patio slabs and breaking up the concrete base below. This is an easy job with the micro excavator and breaker and all material is moved to a location which is easily accessible by grab lorry for removal.

Once the services have been marked and dig marks set out then it’s time to start digging, thankfully the soil is easy to dig and all material can be transported away by small dumper. For the narrow access jobs we have a small tracked carrier which will fit through a standard doorway and makes material removal much easier and safer.

It soon becomes easy to follow the set out lines and excavate the trench down to the set depth for the footings but you need to watch out for those pipes, the joys of groundwork!

During the dig the building inspector from the local council takes a look and confirms the depth and soil type is suitable so we can just carry on and get them dug ready for concrete.

Finished footings ready for concrete

That’s it, job done and on to the next one! For more images or to see our other projects why not take a look at our Facebook page.