Beauty in all things

Beauty in destruction

Sunset on Las Vegas during another round of flooding

Las Vegas had the unfortunate situation of experiencing a lot of flooding recently.  I know that I was personally trapped inside my housing complex as walls of water rushed down the Grand Teton corridor on the Northwest side of town which was not fun.  Even less fun were the many people that thought they knew better than all the billboard and radio ads telling you not to trust your car as a boat; I even saw a Ford Expedition floating down the street on the temporary river that resulted from the quick and heavy rainfall.

This leads to some good though, I saw people coming together to help neighbors and stranded motorists with a place to stay dry and a driveway to park their car in away from the flood.  I saw people out talking to their neighbors where normally not a word to each other is said.  I saw some of the most amazing scenes of natural beauty as the sky lit up with the sun burning through the rain clouds just before it set and turned to a crisp clear night.  I know it sounds dorky, but it was nice to see people getting out from their day to day activities that so engross our lives that we sometimes forget to just sit back and enjoy what we have.

To those that were affected by the flood I am sorry for any loss that you may have had and I hope that it was only a monetary loss.  I do however hope that we can take time to sit back and remember that there exists a great big world out there and we are just a small part of it.  Enjoy experiencing the world around you and have a great day.  And remember…Winter is Coming.

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What to do when your sewer is broken

Working inside Storm DrainWhen the going gets tough we’ve already pressed forward.  In this valley and in the utility and excavation industries there is a lot of unknowns that you have to deal with.  The time and planning that goes into some of the jobs that we do can be daunting, but we always strive to get our jobs done as quickly and as safely as is possible; whether it be installing a lateral for your new house, or replacing your entire neighborhoods underground storm drain system due to complete failure (see the lead in pic to this post.)

People often phone our office and have a problem that they have called other companies about and have been given no information in regards to what they need, just that they can’t help them.  We like to give you the help you need, and hopefully then you will let us do the work that we can to fix your problem.  Here are two examples of what you need to do for one of the most common problems so that you have that info available without the need for a call, but feel free to call anyways, we like to talk to our customers:)

Scenario: You have a damaged / broken sewer or water lateral

What to do 1: If the lateral is broken between your sidewalk and your house you can have us or  a licensed plumber come out and fix it for you.  Dig locations should be called and markings should be put in place to mark out the trench dig area; no matter how small this is important as you never know when a power line is running under your yard and don’t need to risk damage to the line and your own life to save a couple of hours.  After that the damaged line should be cut and removed and a replacement pipe put in.  Then an inspection needs to be performed regarding the pipe installation so that back fill and compaction can be done and you can get back to living your life.

What to do 2: If the lateral is broken out in the street then you need us to come out and fix it, most plumbers aren’t licensed to help you once it goes out into the public right of way.  Dig locations will be called in and marked out for safety as before, and permits will be pulled from your local municipality (the city or county depending on where you live) for encroachment into the public right of way.  Traffic control measures will also need to be put into place so that a safe zone is established around the trench.  As above, once the trench is dug and the break is found, it will be cut out and replaced with new pipe and an inspection will need to be performed regarding pipe installation so that back fill and compaction can be done.  Once the inspection is passed an asphalt patch can be put in to restore the roadway which will also require an inspection.  Once that is passed your repair is over and you get to finally get back to living you life.

 

I hope that this has been informative for you, and remember that even though it isn’t something that people normally deal with, a lateral break doesn’t have to be a scary thing.  Just call us at 702-853-9001 and we will walk you through the process and answer any questions that you have and hopefully make a bad situation a bit easier to get through.

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Recycling on the Job Site leads to cost savings

Reducing waste and cost through re-use and recyclingWhen it comes to recycling on a job site it is a bit different then putting it in the big blue trash can or the color coded bins that we get for our homes here in Southern Nevada.  With job site recycling we use material that is already in the ground, and sometimes even the ground itself in order to save some money for our clients.  Although not always possible due to the nature of construction safety, when it is available job site recycling helps not only your pocket book, but also the environment.  Sometimes those savings can be in the thousands of dollars for something as simple as dirt for pipe zone bedding and back-fill material.

Often times people don’t realize that companies that deal with construction projects can be green; who can blame them, we do drive around in large pickup trucks, have semi trucks hauling loads of material around, as well as just the idea that caring about the earth isn’t “macho.”  Well, here at Ditch Diggers we do care about our environment.  That is one of the reasons that we conserve energy in our office by having automatic lights, use fleet management to make sure we get our jobs done with as few trips as possible, and even use more fuel efficient vehicles for tasks such as getting permits to do construction.  Sure we save some money doing that, but ultimately we care about our environment because it is where we live and where our customers live.  We love living and working in Clark County, we love exploring Red Rock and Mount Charleston as well as going for a day on Lake Meade; so we do our part.  Thanks for letting us continue to serve you, have a great day.

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Safety First

Be safe at all times

You can never be too safe!

When it comes to safety it has to be a top priority for all involved.  Sometimes the things that we take for granted and many times people take shortcuts that risk their lives to save a couple of minutes on a job site.  Here at Ditch Diggers we work on getting the job done properly and in a safe manner , because we care about our employees and our customers.  Just imagine if an accident shut down an entire job site because someone thought it would be better to do something the quick or easy way that wasn’t safe…now you have a much bigger delay.  It doesn’t make sense from an individual standpoint to risk so much for such little gain.  Make sure that you all are staying safe out there for not only yourself, but for the sake of others that rely on and care for you.  Have a great day everyone!

Posted in Informative

Up and Up for Down Below

Utility Contractor Digs Las Vegas

Getting Down and Dirty

It has been a crazy month for us out here in the Greater Las Vegas Valley.  We have seen more and more new home developments coming up which has allowed us to continue expanding our operations on residential utility installation as well as having many emergency repair jobs for damaged old sewer lines, thank you!

This valley has a drastic turn over of homes with many of the previously foreclosed homes from “The Great Collapse” being snatched up (at least in my area, only 4 homes are for sale when 6 months ago that number was closer to 40) one thing that people should be aware of is that almost no home inspection includes looking at the lines that come into your house supplying you with water, and those that leave taking your waste water and other material away.  Just a couple months ago I had a friend who bought a 10 year old house with a lovely large tree in the front providing shade, little did he know it was also going to provide him with a costly repair bill because the roots had grown into the sewer line and caused it to eventually back up into his showers.

The amount of damage that was done by this tree was not covered by his new homeowner insurance and left him with a repair that hurt his wallet and made for a tight several months.  I know the extra cost of having a plumber come out and camera the line on a house can seem like an unnecessary cost, but my friend would have definitely rather paid a couple hundred dollars for a camera of the line than several thousand for the repair.  It is something that you as a purchaser should be aware of to keep the sale or purchase of your home on the up and up for its’ down below.

If you do find yourself in the need of a repair we can do that for you, but hopefully a little preventative inspection could eliminate the need for us at all.  Enjoy the end of a fabulous June.

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Ditches and ‘Wiches

2 (two) Backhoes Bump Fists for "props"

Bro Fist Backhoe Buckets

Kicking this off after a nice weekend of excavating in the hot sun that beat down on us in Henderson, Nevada.  Earlier in the week we were contacted by a customer wanting a koi pond dug in her back yard and she didn’t want to hand dig it due to the size and we were happy to oblige.  We brought out the mini-excavator to get into the back yard without having to crane in anything or remove a block wall (although we did have to temporarily take down the gate to fit.)  The mini excavator was the perfect tool for the job and allowed us to dig quickly and efficiently so a 2 man crew was able to have the job completed in just half a days time including mobilization and some delicious pulled pork sandwiches made by our customer.

Thanks again for the food, and we hope the koi love the new spot once you get your liner and pumps put in for them!

 

Posted in Customer Job

Coming Soon

This blog is currently under construction, but when it is ready we will be posting pictures of site work we are working on as well as news and informational material related to the utility industry and underground contracting.  Please check back at the end of May 2013 when this will all be up and going.

 

Thank you,

Ditch-Diggers Web Development Team

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