Soils and Water Testing

Soils and Water Testing

Artisan Surveyors work in close partnership with suitably accredited laboratories to provide a range of soil and water testing services. We offer a site sampling service, or for many tests you can send samples to us via courier for your convenience.






Soils and Water Testing

Soil analysis

Water Testing

Representing a potential issue within the water industry and the built environment as a whole, it may be necessary to identify the type and concentration of potential contaminants within many types of water and effluent samples.

Typical tests include:



• Ammonia and cyanides
• Chemical and biological oxygen demand (COD, BOD)
• Dissolved organic carbon (DOC)
• Metals
• Microbiological tests
• Petroleum hydrocarbons including banding, aromatic and aliphatic split
• Phenols
• Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
• Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
• Settleable solids
• Solvents
• Suspended solids
• Total dissolved solids
• Total suspended solids

Landfill Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) testing

WAC testing is used to determine how a waste will behave once buried in a landfill. This is carried out through analysis of leachate derived from the waste during laboratory analysis.

WAC testing can be carried out on:



• Contaminated soil
• Spent grit
• Industrial waste and other waste streams

The Built Environment

Within many industries across the world there remains a need to identify and understand the composition of many types of material.

Common tests include:



• Lead and Chromium in paint analysis
• Anthrax in historic plaster or gypsum
• Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in foam and polystyrene
• Heavy metals
• Mould analysis

Artisan Surveyors offers a comprehensive soil sampling and analysis service. Soil samples can be collected individually or as part of a wider survey and be analysed for their asbestos content. 


Asbestos Qualification and Quantification

Past analysis of soils tended to focus mainly on the type of asbestos present within the soil, however when working on contaminated land projects it is also important to understand the amount of asbestos present within the soil, and how this relates to occupational exposure of operatives at the work face, and the subsequent determination of the most appropriate removal, disposal or re-use arrangements.

Qualitative and Quantitative analysis for asbestos in soils is carried out in 3 stages:

  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3
  • Analysis

Soil Qualification:

Visual screening of sample to identify asbestos contamination.

Soil Quantification: 

Gravimetric analysis to determine % of asbestos by weight. 

Fibre counting - identifies unbounded asbestos fibres within the sample. 

Documented values to enable the client to interpret the results to their specific requirements. 

Analysis will enable the end user to:

Assist with the determination of the Waste Acceptance Criteria.
Identify potential for asbestos exposure adjacent to contaminated land.
Identify the total percentage of asbestos present in the sample. This will allow you to determine whether the soil will need to be treated and disposed of as hazardous waste or if it falls below the minimum percentage by volume.