Fauquier County is divided into three geologic areas: the Culpeper basin, the Blue Ridge, and the Northern Piedmont. Each of the three areas provide a wide array of soils, each with their own unique challenges. Certain soils in Fauquier, such as the Jackland and Ebert soil series, have a high shrink-swell potential, meaning the soils swell when wet and shrink when dry. This soil movement can be a concern for foundations and drainfields. When working in these areas, we always perform additional testing when the soil shows this shrink-swell potential. This information can prove invaluable during property development. A failure to take into account the shrink-swell potential of the soil could have catastrophic results.
For these reasons, it is important to consider the geology of each individual parcel of land when performing soil tests, or deciding upon which areas are best for future development. In addition to Soil Evaluations, our professional staff will be able to offer advice in troubleshooting problems, recommendations for repairs, and assist with the required Alternative Onsite Sewage System (AOSS) annual inspection.