Soil testing is an important step in the process of installing a septic system. The test is done to determine the type and characteristics of the soil in the area where the septic system will be installed. This is important because different types of soil have different absorption and drainage rates, which can affect the performance of the septic system. During the test, soil samples are taken from various depths and locations on the site. These samples are then analyzed to determine the soil's texture, structure, and percolation rate. The test results will indicate whether the soil is suitable for a septic system, and if not, what type of system would be best suited for the site. Based on the test results, the septic system designer can determine the size and layout of the septic system, as well as the location of the absorption field.
Inspecting a septic system involves evaluating the condition and function of all components of the system, including the septic tank, pump chamber, and drain field. The inspection process typically includes a visual examination of the entire system, including the tank, inlet and outlet pipes, and the condition of the soil in the drain field. The inspector will also check the condition of the tank's inlet and outlet pipes. They will also check the condition of the drain field, looking for signs of saturation or standing water. Based on the findings, the inspector may recommend repairs, maintenance, or replacement of the system. It's recommended to have the septic system inspected at least once every 3-5 years or as needed.
Private well inspecting is the process of evaluating the condition and safety of a well that supplies drinking water to a private residence. This includes checking for potential contamination sources, evaluating the well structure and condition, and testing the water for various contaminants. The inspection process typically includes a visual inspection of the wellhead, well casing, and surrounding area, as well as water testing for bacteria, nitrates, and arsenic. The inspector will also check the well's water supply and pressure, and evaluate the well's location in relation to potential sources of contamination. Based on the findings, the inspector may recommend repairs, treatment, or other measures to ensure the well is safe and reliable for continued use.
Collecting and testing private well water is an essential step in ensuring the safety and quality of drinking water for a private residence. Water samples are collected from the well, and then sent to a laboratory for testing. The samples are analyzed for a variety of contaminants, such as bacteria, nitrates, arsenic, and other chemicals. The testing process typically includes both physical and chemical tests to determine the presence of contaminants, as well as the concentration levels of any contaminants that are found. It's important to have the water tested at least once a year, or more frequently if there are any concerns about the quality of the water. The test results will indicate whether the water is safe to drink. If there are any contaminants present, an appropriate treatment method can be recommended/utilized.
Wetland Delineations and Determinations are required for development projects in areas that have wetlands mapped or there is a high chance of them being present. Wetland determinations simply establish whether or not wetlands are present in the project area. If wetlands are present, a wetland delineation is required to identify the wetland boundaries. Wetland delineations and the reporting of them will follow the 1987 Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual.