Know Before You Build – Soil Testing

Soil Borings

We'll help you determine the right depth and number of soil borings needed to accomplish your design goals and present you with a clear description of our findings and recommendations.

Flood Certification Letter

Many counties require a flood letter certified by a professional engineer (even if the property is not in a flood zone) prior to building. We'll examine your property with a site visit and review of local FEMA maps to establish the needed elevation for building plans.

Sinkhole Evaluation

You may notice depressions in your flooring or small holes in the surrounding ground that could indicate the occurrence of a sinkhole (usually created where underlying limestone is chemically weathered by natural processes to form a subterranean cavity as small as a few inches or large enough to swallow entire buildings). We offer a variety of exploration and engineering solutions for identifying and managing such occurrences.

Special Foundation

We provide comprehensive solutions to mitigating potential settlement caused by expansive or problematic soils. Our engineering staff will evaluate your building plans and design a foundation that meets your unique needs.

Compaction Testing

When man-made fill is added to a job site to create a level building pad, soil particles are compacted together mechanically and may yield low bearing capacity. Compaction Tests, also known as field density tests, are thus needed to evaluate the integrity of this fill prior to building.

Damage Investigation

Cracks in the interior or exterior of your home, uneven floors, or doors and windows “sticking” may indicate problematic soils. Determining whether these warning signs are minor cosmetic issues or more serious structural damage requires evaluating underlying soils. We'll provide you with a thorough explanation of why these symptoms are occurring, whether or not not they are expected to worsen, and what you can to do to remedy them.

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