What to know about the ground before you start a building project - Our Daily Green

Friday, August 30, 2013

What to know about the ground before you start a building project

Advanced Geosciences resistivity survey
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Are you in the beginning stages of a new building project? Perhaps you are planning out a new house or a new office building, and you are also busy acquiring the land on which it will be constructed. There are many steps to this process, but one of the things that you should not forget to do is to look at an Advanced Geosciences resistivity survey. This can give you valuable information about the land on which you are going to build so that you know that it is right for your project.

For example, the survey can tell you what types of
soils are located beneath the place where you plan to build. Is there a thin layer of dirt and then a sheet of solid rock that is going to make it hard for you to dig out the basement and the foundation? Is there just a lot of sand, which will be easy to dig through but which could actually cause your building to settle too much in the years to come? Are there any contaminants in the soil that you should be wary of, that could be left over from whoever owned the property before you?

The answers to these questions are very important if you are going to construct your building in a safe and practical manner. You do not want to find out about problems as you go, which can really slow down your progress or even make it impossible for you to build.

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