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Old 05-18-2019, 10:40 AM   #1
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Hello all, it appears that who ever did the renovations on my house before I owned it, just buried all the construction debris around the yard. whenever I'm digging in my yard, I come across broken concrete, tile, lumber, bricks,etc. Is this standard practice, or the person didn't do the right thing? also, are there any regulations covering this sort of practice? thanks
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There is where I live, lumber and drywall for sure, maybe not so much for concrete.
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He didn't do the right thing but when no one is looking that is standard practice. Depending upon your termite population any buried wood invites those critters to have a yard party and when that wood is gone they turn to your house. Consider treating around your foundation as that was a big hole before they filled it in.

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Oooh, not here. We have C&D dump sites that take all the construction and demolition debris for a small fee. Inspections are too close together to allow the practice.
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In the southeast for the most part you aren't allowed to bury construction debris on the jobsite, especially anything wood! You'd have to contact your local permit office to find out if it's allowed in your area. Here in the south my biggest concern with buried wood would be termites.
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Just because it's not right, and isn't allowed, doesn't mean it isn't a common practice when they can get away with it!
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Construction debris is a darn good reason to inspect under a deck.
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Every spot in my yard where grass won't grow is a buried rock or piece of concrete and every spot with mushrooms growing is a buried chunk of dimension lumber.
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It happens many places.

And it's not legal, but when they can get away with it, many will, just to save the wastefill costs.

I have dug up broken toys on my place over the last 35 years, plastics don't deteriorate very fast.

Next time that I am resurrected, I'm going to ask for a plastic body.

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They found an old car or truck tire when digging holes for my deck footings. Seems augers don't go through rubber very well.


I was talking to a home builder a while back, who told me about the time he found an old school bus while digging for a foundation.
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Hello all, it appears that who ever did the renovations on my house before I owned it, just buried all the construction debris around the yard. whenever I'm digging in my yard, I come across broken concrete, tile, lumber, bricks,etc. Is this standard practice, or the person didn't do the right thing? also, are there any regulations covering this sort of practice? thanks
Definitely not the right thing to do. I have seen contractors bury construction debris inside of walls in houses and outside around the foundation. One contractor I wired a few basements for would put all of his scrape pieces of drywall inside the basement walls. Many years ago I was digging trenches for underground wiring in an established townhouse development. Near one particular building with every shovelful there were pieces of vinyl siding. The deeper I went the more pieces came up and got bigger.
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Definitely not the right thing to do. I have seen contractors bury construction debris inside of walls in houses and outside around the foundation.
Yrs ago I lived next to a dilapidated mobile home. A new family moved in and cleaned up the yard but when they started on the trailer I realized that every bad floor he tore out, he just dumped all the debris thru the open floor before installing new plywood. I don't think you could pay me enough to crawl under that trailer!
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Buried concrete is very common, especially around older homes. Bricks too, but lumber is a no-no. It used to be that the conscientious builder would just bury the broken concrete deeper than the hack builder.
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Come across it all the time.

In residential, concrete & brick anywhere outside, but I've found many a pee bottle hidden in walls. Apparently a requirement according to many tradesmen I guess (they always seem to be Mountain Dew bottles).

In commercial I see it sometimes with masonry and flatwork. They like to bury the steel strapping and plastic wrap in masonry cavities (i.e. false walls) and under flatwork if its encased with a foundation or something (all with no requirement for water drainage or anything). I think they do it just for fun, not because they are lazy. I remember exactly which buildings and where each time I caught it, it really bugs me.
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I have found beer bottles from the early 1900's in attics and walls, left from I guess the construction crews, end of day shut down beer.

Who knows, what can be left behind by people.


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