One can never tell the extent to which soil may be contaminated without proper testing. Such testing is compulsory when applying for building permission. A preliminary testing of the soil (NEN 5740) will provide an indication of the quality of the soil, compare it to required standards and outline the possible risks and required steps in relation to the current and/or future use of the location.
Calculating risks when purchasing/selling
Preliminary soil testing also provides useful insights before any purchasing or selling of land. The results can provide the potential buyer with a clear picture of the possible risks and limitations inherent in the soil with regard to future use of the location. The results will also indicate whether or not further testing is required. Information that is of great help to both parties. A historical assessment of the site can also sometimes provide a clear picture of the risks involved.
Additional soil testing
Sometimes the results of preliminary testing will point to the need for additional testing. This provides more specific information in relation to the seriousness and extent of contamination. Additional testing can also give an indication of the possible cost of decontamination.
How can we help?
SGS Search will test the soil for you and provide you with the relevant facts in a clear and concise report. Based on this report, we will then advise you as to the risks and possibilities of the location and surroundings and whether further testing or decontamination is required. Our advice is always based on your own demands and the relevant legal requirements and regulations. Preliminary testing is often only a part of a much larger soil-testing project: from preliminary testing to completion of the decontamination work and reuse of the land. Given our vast store of knowledge, SGS Search is in a position to help you in all these matters.
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