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Test Boring

Testing done to obtain soil samples and geotechnical engineering parameters following ASTM D2488 recommended practice for description of soils and uniform soil classifications.

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Geotechnical & Environmental Solutions

Through our association with our engineering partners, our boring reports can be further enhanced by a comprehensive review.

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Soil Sampling & Testing

Soil Tests can be for geotechnical (building and drainage) or environmental (contamination and remediation).

Our Story

Founded in 1963, the operations and supervision of the firm is under the direct supervision of its owner.

This is a team which operates on the principle that expertise, honesty, and efficiency, at a reasonable cost is the key to success, and a satisfied repeat-customer. Our geotechnical knowledge and skills learned from over 50 years of drilling and soil sampling analyses are diligently applied to each project.

Our Services

More Than 50 Years of Industry Experience

Years in Business
Holes Drilled in 2022
Miles of Boring Drilled in 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

A Soil Test will show properties of existing soils and ground water and how they relate to design and construction. Soil Tests can be for geotechnical (building and drainage) or environmental (contamination and remediation).

First Look is the groundwater level.  How deep can my foundation be placed and how deep can my cesspool or leaching field be set before we are in groundwater?

Second Look is the soil profile. Are the soils made up of sand and gravel, clays or silts or organic material known as Peat? Clays and silts will affect how well the soils will drain (i.e. percolation) and the stability of a foundation since these materials will wash out when exposed to water. Sand and gravel combinations offer maximum leaching and maximum density in the right combination.

Third Look is the “blow counts.”  This relates to the number of times the sample spoon is hit with an industry-standard 140-pound hammer to advance the spoon within the borehole. The higher the blow counts, the greater the density.

Architects and Engineers when planning a building or a residence require this information to determine the design of the foundation.  Is a standard poured concrete footing appropriate, or will we need an oversized footing or pile-supported footing?  They can relate the load of the structure to the available bearing values of the soil.  With respect to Sanitary Design, do we need one cesspool or five cesspools or a septic tank and leaching fields?

State, County, and local towns differ on their requirements.  It is best to contact the Building Department of your town for this information.