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A soil evaluation is used to determine the composition of the soil to see if it is suitable for its intended use. Soil testing is usually required to obtain a building permit. It is also necessary to test the soil before installing or replacing a sewage treatment system. Soil testing provides septic system designers with detailed information on site conditions, soil characteristics and limitations, and risk factors associated with a site and the surrounding area.

A & D Excavating partners with certified soil scientists to perform soil testing. Results are used to determine whether the lot is suitable for an on-lot sewage system, the types of system(s) that may be used, and potential replacement locations.

Soil evaluations are required by the Ohio Board of Health for installing a new or replacement sewage treatment system.

Refer to Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3701-29-07 for more information.


Soil Evaluation


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What do soil scientists do?

Soil scientists analyze the soil on your land to determine what kind of septic system you can install and the best location for the system.

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What are they testing for?

Soil scientists are trained to describe and map soils. They test  for soil depth, permeability and saturation to select and design wastewater treatment systems.

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How are the soil tests performed?

Soil scientists bore holes in the soil and take samples. These samples are tested to determine the suitability of the soil.

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How are results reported?

You will receive a document containing your soil test results as well as a scale map of the potential absorption area.

Click here to view example results for a Site and Soil Evaluation performed for a new Sewage Treatment System.