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The Cost of Trenching and Backfilling in Arizona

Trenching is an important part of the construction process since it allows you to install a sprinkler system, electrical cables, a drainage system, water lines, a sewage system, and more. 

If you need trench digging and backfilling, you are probably wondering what you will pay per linear foot.

In this article, we’ll discuss the average price for these services, as well as what factors affect the cost of trenching and backfilling.

The Average Cost of Trenching and Backfilling in Arizona

Since you cannot prepare for any underground surprises, it is difficult to determine the precise cost of trench digging in advance. Even experienced professionals may find it challenging to calculate exact costs for earthwork, especially if they cannot inspect the site thoroughly.

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Average Cost of Trench Digging per Foot

The average cost to dig a trench per linear foot begins at $4, assuming that the earth is soft and that there are no obstructions above or below its surface. However, the cost may go up to $12 or more depending on the contractor you choose and the cost to rent trenching equipment.

According to HomeAdvisor, trench digging may cost between $400 and $1,200 per 100 linear feet if the contractor bases his fees on the length of the trench that is excavated.

Cost to Backfill a Trench

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On average, backfilling can cost anywhere from $3 to 12 per linear foot.

Cost to Trench 200 Feet

You can expect to pay $300 minimum for a 200-foot trench.

How long does it take to trench 100 feet with a trencher?

It takes a professional roughly 12 hours to dig.

Cost of Permits

Before you can undertake any construction project on your property, it is important to obtain a permit. You can contact your local council to find out more about the associated fees.

Factors That Affect the Trenching Cost

When excavation contractors visit your home to give you a quote, they will take into account a number of variables that can affect your project’s cost. The cost of any project will vary depending on the terrain, impediments, and soil quality. When you request an estimate, bear the following in mind:

Elements That Could Increase the Price You Pay Per Linear Foot

  • The soil conditions are unfavorable
  • Obstructions such as rocks, roots, or concrete are present
  • Trenching shovels won’t do the trick, and you’ll require more sophisticated machinery to complete the job
  • The ground is cold or wet
  • There are utilities, such as an HVAC system or gas line, that go past the trench
  • Homeowners pay more when shoring is required, or traffic controls have to be set up
  • The time it will take to complete (this will determine the labor costs you will pay)
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What Could Lower the Project Price?

Digging a trench in the following conditions could save money:

  • Soft soil conditions
  • There are no obstructions, such as rocks, or gas pipes
  • The earth isn’t cold or wet
  • You only require a one- to two-foot-deep trench
  • There are no traffic controls or shoring required

[Read: The Truth About Digging A Trench To Drain Water]

Get A Quote from Trusted Contractors

If you would like to know the cost of digging or backfilling a trench, the only way to find out the actual price is to have trusted excavation contractors come out and assess the site. You can give us a call, and we will help you determine the cost of your trenching and backfilling project.

With over 20 years of industry experience, you can count on Specialty Grading to take care of your next project. Contact us today for more information!

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Specialty Grading

We are a family-owned and operated business in different areas of Yavapai County such as Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey, and Chino Valley for over 20 years since 1995. With the help of our certified and licensed excavating and grading contractors, we take pride in providing our customers with efficient services and excellent value.

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