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An inspector can collect data before he or she gets to the property. How about soil conditions data? Are there any sources of mapping or whatnot that could show different soil types in specific areas?

If you could get this info in advance and it revealed expansive soil types in the area of the job it would help raise your attention to the possibility of related foundation problems.

I searched around on google a bit but my search terms fell short of finding anything yet.

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Originally posted by AHI

An inspector can collect data before he or she gets to the property. How about soil conditions data? Are there any sources of mapping or whatnot that could show different soil types in specific areas?

If you could get this info in advance and it revealed expansive soil types in the area of the job it would help raise your attention to the possibility of related foundation problems.

I searched around on google a bit but my search terms fell short of finding anything yet.

The Soil Conservation Service used to publish regional surveys that were remarkably accurate. Call your local USDA office and ask about "soil surveys." They used to be free for the asking.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

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