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Soil survey or US Dept of Ag data?

Posted by kgizo (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 25, 12 at 19:33

I talked to an engineering firm about the foundation for a new build. They said they could do a soil test for $1,800; but recommended relying on US Ag data instead since it is free. Has anyone else run into this? Any concerns about using the US Ag data? Thanks.

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RE: Soil survey or US Dept of Ag data?

I'm not familiar with US Ag data for soils conditions, but perhaps that is common in your area. Do you have a local building department available to consult?

If you are going to build in an unusual site condition and/or where there are know problematic soil conditions, ie, expansive soils, history of erosion and slides, etc., then I would not hesitate to have a specific soils investigation and recommendations made.

Foundations are not where one wants problems or surprises. Exercise prudence! Good luck!

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