One of the first steps you’ll take when preparing a site for construction is soil testing. Soil is collected from the property at various depths and brought to a laboratory, where a soil profile is created. These tests will reveal the make-up of the soil, how much rock and gravel are present. It will also test for chemicals, as well as the stability of the soil and moisture content. Essentially, these tests determine the suitability of the soil for construction.
This testing establishes the bearing capacity of your property’s soil and whether it can support the foundation of your building. It also determines how the construction will be completed, dictating how deep your foundation needs to be.