Ensure the Longevity of Your Construction Project with These Tips

Any new construction project is a time of considerable excitement, but it can also be a nerve wracking time. Mistakes in the planning and construction of the foundation are often difficult if not impossible to correct. And nothing is more important than a thorough understanding of the ground underneath the project. You need to consider soil assessments, terrain evaluations, as well as foundation inspections.

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Soil

There are several different soil assessments to evaluate the moisture content, the degree to which it can be compacted, and the density. These tests are critically important to any construction project regardless of size or importance. The soil will hold all the stresses that come from the construction project, and if that soil isn’t suitable for the type of construction you may end up with a leaning or sinking project.

Terrain


A complete understanding of the terrain will also be necessary, and it may be beneficial to consult with a geotechnical engineer. In order to properly plan the construction project, you will need to understand any environmental impacts, including impacts the landscape may have on the project and impacts the project may have on the environment. This includes soil erosion, tectonics, watersheds, and ridges. If you are considering a project with industrial applications, the terrain can carry pollution and contaminants to places people live.

Based on the results of these preliminary tests, you may need to revise your building plans in order to accommodate the local terrain and soil or chose a different building site altogether.

Foundation

Perhaps you are not embarking on a new construction project but renovating a location. In this case, while soil testing and terrain evaluations may still be a benefit, a foundation inspection will probably provide you with the greatest value. An inspector will review the entire foundation to evaluate the stability of the structure. They will determine whether footings are secure and properly placed as well as inspecting the thickness of the walls to ensure they provide the necessary support. But it isn’t just the construction techniques, an inspector will also ensure the foundation is constructed of the right material and has been both properly waterproofed and vented for the inhabitants.

The land and foundation your project stands are critical aspects of any construction project, new or old. You may want to consult with a geotechnical engineer to examine the soil, terrain and existing foundation. Having a complete knowledge of these will help ensure the longevity of your project.

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