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Grab Hire and Bulk Excavation in Didcot and the Surrounding Areas | DIY Foundations and Why You Should Avoid Them

The standard DIY books for the home will explain how to carry out certain tasks that everyone should, at least, have an idea about. And online tutorials are a must for outlining in detail how to manage particular jobs. But there are certain areas we suggest you don’t tackle yourself at any time. Laying foundations is one of them. It’s not as easy as it looks because there are more factors involved that just mixing concrete and pouring it into a frame. As groundworks contractors we’re highly skilled at what we do and never cut corners when it comes to such an important part of the construction process.

S Peet Groundworks Ltd employs a number of qualified staff and, between us all, we share over a century of experience in our trades. We’re demolition experts, bulk excavation operatives and suppliers of plant hire and grab hire services to domestic, commercial and industrial clients in Didcot and the surrounding Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire areas. Based in Chipping Norton, our level of expertise is highlighted by the rate of positive testimonials we receive on a regular basis.

DIY Foundations

Badly laid foundations will become evident very quickly. Here are a few points to look out for if you do decide to go ahead:


If the groundworks carried out beneath the areas haven’t been prepared properly, then the concrete will begin to sink into the soil as soon as it’s laid. Our groundworks contractors examine the existing soil prior to carrying out their jobs in order to ensure the earth is completely compacted with enough strength to withstand the weight of the foundations when poured.


There are various signs around your property that will tell you something is wrong. Never ignore a crack in the wall; you don’t know if it’s serious or not unless you investigate. Sometimes the issue is just a break in the plaster or timbers – both of which can be fixed easily. Other times, however, you’re looking at subsidence and unstable foundations which should be dealt with quickly by the professionals.

Our demolition, bulk excavation, plant hire and grab hire experts and operatives at S Peet Groundworks are used to reducing properties to rubble, when pre-arranged. You don’t want any structure you own in Didcot or the surrounding areas to collapse due to shoddy workmanship.

Be Level-Headed

Medieval structures, for example, have that quirky aspect of looking crooked and out of shape. With modern technology and engineering at its most advanced, structures are now built professionally to an exceptionally high standard. Measure, measure and measure again. Ensure your foundations are level and the ground beneath prepared for the weight.

If you still think you want to take on the job of laying foundations yourself, plan ahead and do your research. S Peet Groundworks’ contractors are always on hand to offer advice and share their expertise with current and potential clients. Serving Didcot and the surrounding Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire areas since 2010, our demolition experts and bulk excavation operatives are highly trained and fully certified in the areas in which they work. And, should you wish to rent the necessary equipment to take on a construction task, our plant hire and grab hire services are available with skilled operatives to assist.

For more information about our range of services in Didcot and the surrounding areas, please call us on 07960 228353, 07973 625864 or 01608 676808.