The Importance of a Soil Test Prior to Purchasing Land
If you’re purchasing a block of land then you are obviously doing so with the intent of in the future you will be building a structure or farming on it. With this very thought it is important you seek a soil test prior to purchasing it.
“I was lucky enough to have worked and experienced this keenly while working at the biggest laboratory in UAE -Alhoty Labaratories , I realised that soil is the most important but neglected thought when purchasing a block of land. So, why do I need a Soil Test you ask.” says Herbert Tushabe the Director at Amity Realtors Ltd.
Soil tests reveal what the eye sometimes cannot. It helps to determine varying physical and chemical characteristics of the soil which can change considerably within a small area. The soil test helps to determine the bearing capacity of the soil and the rate of settlement of the soil which in turn provides your Builder with the information needed for a suitable construction technique and the type and depth of the foundations required.
Depending on the results, it could have a huge impact on your overall costs for the project. So if a Soil Test isn’t carried out prior to purchasing the land, later on issues could be revealed meaning you could end up with a budget blowout before you’ve even started the construction stage.
Being aware of any problems you may encounter will enable you to make vital decisions about the suitability of the land for building and determine the future costs and design before the process is in full motion.
Types of soil tests for construction
• Moisture Content Test
• Specific Gravity Test
• Dry Density Test
• Atterberg Limits Test
• Plastic Limit Test (PL)
• Proctor’s Compaction Test
• California Bearing Test (CBR test)
• Consolidation test
• Penetration test
We will in the next post Explain more on what each of the above tests does.
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