Excavation Services for Your Farm Home

Excavation Services

Although it’s true that septic systems and farm drainage are two fields we specialize in, we want you to know that we also offer a variety of excavation services.

Excavation services: ponds, driveways, demolition and more

If you need excavation for a full, partial, or walkout basement, or even just a crawl space, we have the equipment and know-how to do the job for you. We have years of experience professionally operating a surveying transit, so that we can monitor the depth and level of your basement during excavation, and make sure the walls of the finished product are high enough above ground for good water drainage. 

We own and operate the equipment needed to install driveways, and can clear a road for your home or property with expert precision. Building ponds is far more complicated than holes in the ground. We put our knowledge and experience to good use, bypassing common misinformation and mistakes that can result in poor-functioning ponds.

Old, rotting fencerows can be a problem for both agricultural and residential properties, and we can clear yours for you. We have the equipment, knowledge base and expertise to handle general demolition projects, such as the demolition of old buildings, sheds or structures that have outlived their usefulness or become dangerously frail.

Call us for your septic, drainage and excavation needs

We operate our equipment with skill, and the safety of both homeowner and worker is something we take seriously. We keep you involved and informed during the course of every project. We make sure we understand exactly what you want, how you want it, while using our experience and knowledge to guide the process. 

So next time you need a basement dug, a driveway installed, a pond formed, a fence cleared, or a structure demolished, give us a call – and if your septic needs pumped, hey, call us for that, too. 

We’ve got you covered!

Shankster Bros. | (260)-982-7111 | steven(at)shanksterbros(dot)net

Preparing for Winter Weather

winter weather

Winter is here

Winter weather is here, and it seems like there’s always more we could do to keep our farms and homes snug and dry during these cold and wet months.

The good news is, you probably don’t have to do anything to keep your septic system working this winter, if it’s properly installed and insulated.

(If you’re concerned about the installation or insulation of your septic system, give us a call and we’re happy to give advice or take a look at it.)

Things to keep in mind during winter

It is wise to avoid driving maintenance vehicles over the septic tank or drain field in the winter. Keep in mind that something like a snow plow could damage your drain pipes or detrimentally compact the soil during wet seasons.

Also, many people travel during winter months, and so remember not to have your septic tank pumped right before you leave for a trip. Even a concrete septic tank can float if it’s empty, so if there’s an unseasonable flood or other high water table event, that empty tank can become a problem.

Don’t let mud get you down

Drainage DitchIn addition to septic services, we also offer excavation and drainage expertise, particularly in a rural setting.

We all know that mud creates an unhealthy environment for your livestock, such as horses, so we regularly help create healthier paddocks and pastures for your animals. Mud harbors bacteria and pathogens that can cause health problems – some are easily treatable but some can be fatal, especially to young animals.

Maintaining good drainage during the winter and keeping mud at a minimum is not only important for your land quality, property value and the health of humans and livestock, but for nearby wildlife and water health as well. Poor soil management and lack of quality drainage can create unhealthy runoff patterns which feed into local water sources. Rivers and lakes can suffer from the pollutants from nearby farms, so it’s important that we manage runoff, to keep our farms and our local water sources in good condition.

Keep your farm healthy and happy

We can help you create diversion ditches, drain lines and wells for your property, ensuring that your farm and surrounding area is as healthy and clean as possible.

If you already have drainage systems in place, don’t forget to closely observe your ditches and other systems after any major storms or thaws. After you check out your culverts and other drainage features, and if you aren’t sure of the best way to solve a drainage problem, please give us a call. We’re always happy to stop by and give you some advice on your drainage or how our excavating services can help your farm perform better.

Here to help

Even though winter is technically an offseason, we all know that in rural communities there’s never a truly slow time of year. Let us help you maintain your property, keep your home safe and dry and keep your farm in good working order over the winter.

Call us today at (260) 982-7111 – we’re happy to help you with any drainage, excavation or septic problem, no matter the weather.