Besides the fact that soil testing is usually a legal requirement before construction, there are plenty of good reasons to get a soil test.
The soil on your property will play a big role in the construction of your house. By testing it, a structural engineer, geotechnical engineer or property inspector can discover any soil problems that might affect the build, such as chemicals in the soil, soil reactivity, abnormal soil moisture changes, and more. Anything that could affect the structural stability of your home or cause health and environmental issues down the line.
If changes in moisture are causing the soil to shrink or swell it can cause ground movement. This can move the footing of your home and damage the building. Cracks might appear in the walls or the foundation could be damaged, resulting in needing expensive repairs. A soil test will reduce the chances of this happening.
A soil test usually involves taking soil samples from your property and sending it to a laboratory for analysis. The soil sample will be tested for a variety of things, including chemical composition, pH levels, and more. This information will be used to create a report that will be sent back to you. The report will detail any soil problems that were found and what, if any, corrective measures need to be taken.
Our soil tests come with a comprehensive soil report that contains all the information you'll need, clearly explained so it's easy to understand. Our team can also answer any questions you have so you can get the most out of our services.
Where a soil test will usually only tell you the reactivity of the soil and the likelihood of soil contraction and expansion, a geotechnical report covers a range of other factors. These can include the chemical composition of the soil, its physical properties, the stability of natural soil slopes, and any other possible faults and risks.
Generally, you'll want to make sure you're getting as much information as you can from a soil test so that the builders, engineers and designers can avoid issues in design and construction.