Excavation Services in Portland, OR

Excavation is the process of moving dirt, soil, stone or other materials from one location to another. This often leaves a hole or cavity in the place where these materials were removed.

Very few construction projects don’t require some sort of digging or excavation. Excavation is especially helpful for projects like creating new foundations, roads, pools and underground utilities. It often follows lot clearing and land grading.

Alpha Environmental has the specialized equipment and experience necessary to properly excavate a property. No matter the location or material, we’re here to help!

Excavation Projects

A common misconception about excavation is that it’s as simple or straightforward as digging a hole. Excavating natural materials requires a thoughtful strategy to ensure the area will drain properly when faced with runoff water after construction has begun. Excavation also needs to be done carefully to ensure a firm basis on which the structure can be built.

Some common scenarios where excavation is required include the following.

 Storm Drain Excavation

Storm drain excavation removes materials from storm drains, drainage ditches and similar locations to change the flow of the stream or increase its capacity to alleviate flooding. 

Materials We Excavate

Excavation can involve a variety of materials depending on the type of excavation and the nature of the site. Some of the materials we commonly excavate include the following.

Topsoil Excavation

Topsoil excavation removes only about 12 inches of topsoil and vegetation or organic matter for a shallower cavity. Its purpose is to remove the vegetation that compresses the soil so that a viable load-bearing surface can be created.

Earth Excavation

Earth excavation involves digging a little deeper to remove both topsoil and material beneath the surface. This type of excavation applies to a variety of jobs, including:

  • Building foundations
  • Bridges
  • Most construction projects

Rock Excavation

Of all the materials we excavate, rock formations are the most difficult to remove. Excavating rocks requires heavy machinery, specialty equipment and training.

In addition to digging, rock excavation may incorporate the use of drilling or blasting methods to successfully break through the rock’s surface.

Muck Excavation

Muck is a mixture of water and soil that causes the ground or site to be unsuitable for construction. Excavating muck can mean either removing it entirely or spreading it out across the site to let it dry and be reused.

Work with a Trusted Excavation Company in Portland

Excavation is no small task, and it needs to be handled with care to ensure the structural integrity of your construction project. The experts at Alpha Environmental have the tools and skills needed to successfully excavate various materials and sites.

Let us help make your excavation as pain-free as possible. Contact us today to get started!

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Why Choose Alpha Environmental

Our goal is to get the job done right while protecting our client. We are committed to ensuring you are safe in your residence, no matter what. We are fully licensed, bonded, insured, and here to help with all of your environmental needs.

Family Owned & Operated

We pride ourselves on strong company values that translate into service levels which go above and beyond average service providers

21+ Years Experience

For over two decades we've been doing the dirty work, serving residential and commercial customers in the greater Portland area

Care & Ownership

Our entire team is committed to ensuring your home or place of business is safe and every job gets done the right way

David D.
Lake Oswego, OR
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My wife and I experienced a hot water pipe busting in the crawlspace. It has been a total nightmare. However, Chris and his team provided expert quality care, with timeliness and the greatest degree of professionalism. I would HIGHLY recommend Alpha Enviornmental!
Zhanna S.
Beaverton, OR
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Can’t say enough about Alpha Environmental! Their costumer service is 10/10, they have really good systems in place, responsive, and professional. The gals in the scheduling department are always so kind! As a real estate agent, I use Alpha’s services numerous times a year. Either it’s for Mold bids, oil tank decommissioning, radon etc. They always do a fantastic job! Thank you for all the work you do!
Kristen L.
Portland, OR
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Wow where do I even begin?? We’re absolutely thrilled by the work Alpha has done for us and we’re eternally grateful to them for ridding our house of asbestos tile! They’re polite, kind, professional — from estimator Filo to manager Dame to Jake, Melvin and the other two guys on the crew (so sorry we didn’t get your names) — you guys are awesome and we so appreciate your help. Our house looks amazing. The peace of mind you’ve given us is priceless. We can’t thank you enough. We’ll certainly be in back in touch if we ever need any of your services again. Thank you thank you!!!
Jeff S.
Salem, OR
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Alpha environmental's employees were punctual, pleasant to work with and there services are reasonably priced. I highly recommend them because I would use them again in the future.
Lea C.
Tualatin, OR
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Took a water sample in for lead testing and they were so fast and helpful. Rodolfo was so nice and informative in explaining the testing and what it meant! Would definitely recommend everyone to go there and will go to them for any future needs!
Claire B.
Portland, OR
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Alpha environmental was extremely helpful in navigating me through the process of testing some leftover construction debris for asbestos so I could take it to the dump. Their office manager spent time with me on the phone discussing the options for sample collection, and was extremely friendly in answering my many questions. Sample drop off at the office was easy and the results even came back a few days earlier than expected. Will definitely return if I need more sampling done!
Jeff C.
Tigard, OR
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I would highly recommend anyone wanting, quick efficient services relating to environmental testing to check out Alpha Environmental. Not only was the staff friendly and responsive, but also professional! If I could 6 stars out of 5, I would!
Jotham P.
Portland, OR
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We used Alpha Environmental Services to conduct our home inspection, radon testing, sewer scope and oil tank decommissioning. Every part of their service was really professional. They took so many great photos of the house during the inspection and offered lots of explanation on what they found. Great team. Highly recommend!

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