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Excavating and grading - blog 5

Excavating and Grading Services

Clients Trust Liller Paving & Excavating for Land Development

When you need excavating and grading services, call Liller Paving & Excavating. Excavating and grading are essential processes in construction and land development projects. Liller Paving & Excavating provides highly effective excavating and grading in and around Fort Ashby, WV. Excavating and grading involves removing soil, and shaping the terrain to create a desired slope or level surface. This month, we dig in-depth on excavating and grading services include.


Understand the Excavating Process

Excavating refers to the process of removing earth or soil from a site to create a cavity or open space. Nova Southeastern University explains why excavating is essential in land development. The excavating process typically involves the following steps:

  • Site Preparation: Before excavation begins, our contractors will clear the site of any obstacles or vegetation that might hinder the process.
  • Marking and Layout: We mark the excavation area according to the project plans and specifications. This process includes identifying the excavation’s boundaries and desired depth or shape.
  • Equipment and Machinery: Our contractors perform excavation with heavy equipment and machinery such as excavators, backhoes, bulldozers, or trenchers. The choice of equipment depends on the scale and nature of the excavation.
  • Excavation Process: The excavation process involves digging into the ground to remove the soil or earth. Our contractors will stockpile excavated material on-site for later use or transport it off-site for disposal.


What is Grading?

Grading is the process of leveling or shaping the excavated area to achieve a desired slope or surface profile. It involves manipulating the earth to create a smooth, even, and adequately drained surface. Our contractors perform grading after excavation or as part of site preparation for construction or landscaping projects. The process of grading typically includes these steps:

  • Rough Grading: After excavation, the rough grading phase involves reshaping the terrain to achieve the desired contours and slopes. This process may involve adding or removing soil as needed to create a level surface.
  • Fine Grading: Once we complete rough grading, our contractors do fine grading to create a more precise and finished surface. Fine grading involves smoothing out any bumps or irregularities and ensuring proper drainage by establishing the correct slope.
  • Compaction: Compaction is an essential step in grading, especially for areas that will support heavy structures or pavements. It involves using heavy machinery or compactors to compress the soil, increasing its density and stability.
  • Erosion Control: Depending on the project and the site conditions, Liller Paving & Excavating will implement erosion control measures. These measures will prevent soil erosion and maintain the integrity of the graded surface.


Excavating and grading require careful planning, adherence to safety protocols, and using appropriate equipment and techniques. Doing so will ensure efficient and accurate results.



For more on this or any of our services, call Liller Paving & Excavating at (304) 726-7292. Like us on Facebook to see our company news and happenings. Our contractors proudly serve Fort Ashby, WV, and beyond with excavating and grading.