Soil testing is the on-site part of testing the soil on your site. This work is done by a soil tester or an engineer.
Site classifications are the reports that soil testers provide for house allotments.
Soil testing for a new home or house extension includes
- Boreholes (holes made using an auger) to retrieve and identify the types of soil on your site.
- DCP testing – banging a metal rod into the ground and recording how many ‘bangs’ it takes to knock the rod into the ground each 100mm. The higher the number the better.
- Soil samples. The soil tester retrieves soil samples for further testing in the laboratory.
- On-site assessment. The soil tester records how sandy, clayey, silty or rocky the soil is.
How to Book a Site Classification
When asking for a soil test for a new house or a house extension, be sure to ask for a Site Classification that complies with AS2870.
Booking a site classification is as simple as sending a proposed site plan to a local, experienced soil tester along with contact details on how to access the property.
Local, experienced soil testers have a better knowledge of your area and the type of soils in your area.
Find an Experienced Soil Tester
If you need a local, experienced soil tester in Brisbane or Mackay, these are the soil testers we use and recommend:
Soil Testing & Site Classifications – Brisbane
Soil Testing & Site Classifications – Mackay
Subtest – 0431 010 401