A soil map is one of the most important resources you can have when building a home. AsktheBuilder.com host Tim Carter discusses
why you should use a soil map and how one can be used to build a better home.
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Okay, you are getting ready to build a new home and you might think that one of the most important pieces of equipment or the best tool you could use to start the job is a big machine like this to dig the foundation, guess what, you are wrong. The best tool to use, it is a soil map. What the soil map tell you, well, it tells you all the characteristics in a good positive and negative qualities about the soil before you buy your building lot. Now, how does the soil map work? Well, it is put together by geologist, they have gone out and they have looked at all the different soils and the different regions and let me tell you, there is lots of them, 20, 30 different types. This soil maps are made for each county and guess what, they are free. Now, what does a soil map contain? It tells you everything you need to know is what kind of plants will go great in your area? What kind of trees will grow in that soil? It tells you if the soil is very good for septic systems, how well the soil is drained. How strong they are for roadways and driveways etc. now, how do you use one. It is really simple, open up the soil map, it has got a big map in the back, you locate the general area where you are thinking about buying the lot. You then switch over and look at an aerial photograph, and on the aerial photograph, you will be able to find the exact location. On that photograph, you will find some lines and some symbols that tell you the type of soil that you have in that area and all you got to do is open the soil map and check out and read about that soil type, it is really really simple. Now, where do you find the soil maps, they are easy. Each the county soil and water contour based on district have this maps, all you got to do is find their phone number in the phone number in the phone book, call them up and remember, the soil map is free. Remember, get your copy of the soil map before you start up this big machine.
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