Soil Testing: Why it Matters in the Building Home Process

By July 25, 2018 Soil Testing
Soil Testing

If you’re building a home, you need permits. And soil testing on that is an integral part of most permitting processes.

Soil Testing

Soil testing requires a registered, state-licensed soil engineer. Your soil engineer:

  • Conducts required tests
  • Informs you and local municipalities of the results
  • Offers suggestions for how to maintain or improve conditions
  • Understands how soils and structures interact
  • Investigates site conditions (including subsurface)

Soil testing and conditions influence much of your build, including grading, foundation design, earth support, septic systems, drainage, site remediation, and where and how concrete slabs will be placed during construction.

If the soil conditions could cause problems or hazards, testing ensures you’ll know about it before you build, and be equipped with the knowledge you need to move forward and resolve the challenges you face.

If you’re planning to build on a hillside, or in another area affected by flooding, earthquakes, landslides, or soil compression and expansion, the soil on and around your lot may put you at risk. [Swelling and shifting of soil could do significant damage to your home.]

That’s why testing—and working with a soil engineer—is so important. You’ll know if your home is at risk and construction strategies you can use to minimize that risk.

Our expert building partners include state-licensed soil engineers. When you build with LaBram, we’ll make sure your soil testing, recommendations, modifications, and permitting are completed in a timely manner.

We’ll also work with your local municipality so everything remains above boards and your home build—from groundbreaking to completion–is done right.

Soil testing is a critical first step in the journey to your dream home. Make sure you start off on sure footing.


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