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Identifying the characteristics and potential contaminants present in soil is the first step in understanding potential uses and/or handling requirements for in situ soil.  Characterization efforts can be conducted on a routine basis, or in advance of investigation or remediation events.  Working with a laboratory you can trust is imperative to ensure a reliable background study is completed.

Soil characterization programs can include a variety of analytical tests, including both chemical and physical analyses.  Chemical tests primarily follow SW-846 protocols, and include organic and inorganic analyses such as volatiles, semivolatiles, metals, pesticides, PCBs and anions.  Chemical analyses conducted during characterization events are typically done to reveal contamination in soil, whereas physical testing parameters provide insight into the composition and nature of the soil.  Physical testing can include bulk density, grain size, percent moisture and particle size.

How Can TestAmerica Help?

TestAmerica offers a full suite of chemical and physical testing parameters in support of soil characterization programs.  Our network collectively maintains laboratory certifications, accreditations and/or approvals in all all U.S. states where approval is granted, allowing TestAmerica to support sampling events throughout the nation.  Our unmatched capacity allows TestAmerica to offer expedited turnaround time services to clients, ensuring results are available when you need them.