QST provides soil testing in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Toowoomba and Northern NSW. No matter where you are, soil testing with a quality company is an absolute must. Many people are making the purchase of their block subject to a professional soil test. After all, it is better to avoid a problem at the outset than to be stuck with thousands of dollars in additional construction costs!
It is important to understand that not all soils are created equal. Some of the differences in these geographical areas are covered below.
- Soil Testing Brisbane
Greater Brisbane (including its neighbouring council areas) covers a significant area. From the rich red volcanic soil of Redland Bay, to the river flats of Oxley to the old mining areas of Ipswich and up to the timber country of Ferny Hills and beyond. Each of these areas have their own unique considerations. A soil test completed in line with the Australian Standards will reveal the data required to design footings for your home that will stand you in good stead for years to come.
- Soil Testing Ipswich
Ipswich and the western corridor have a high proportion of black basaltic clays. This, combined with deeper zones of seasonal moisture, means that different calculations need to be used in site classification. It is best that you choose an experienced operator who can produce results that you can depend on.
- Soil Testing Sunshine Coast
Once again, there are significant variations, this time over a relatively short distance. As you move west from the coast, soil types change significantly. The footings required for a house on a sandy dune are vastly different to those required for a pole home in the hinterland. When it comes to hinterland building, land slip hazards need to be considered.
- Soil Testing Gympie
While there are no real prominent considerations for soil testing in Gympie, soil types still do vary. This variation can occur across relatively short distances within the same housing estate. Even, within the same street.
- Soil Testing Gold Coast
Whether you have ocean views, are nestled into a leafy suburb or are enjoying the fresh mountain air, you need your footings to be right. As with other coastal areas, the Gold Coast offers significant variation in soil type (and therefore in footings design) over a fairly short distance east to west. Special consideration also needs to be given to slippage in the hinterland and to water tables around canals.
- Soil Testing Toowoomba
Toowoomba is one place in South East Queensland where significant variation in soil types occur. For example, there are volcanic red soils close to the escarpment. This gives way to extremely reactive black clay a little further out of town. An accurate soil test is very important in Toowoomba.
- A Special Note on Trees
The impact of trees on the soil and therefor a buildings footings can often be underestimated. Even trees on adjacent blocks or across the road can have an impact on the soil on your block. You can rely on the thorough and experienced professionals at QST, to accurately account for the potential impact of trees on the soil of your block and to design a proper footing system for your home.