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INFO ON SOIL TESTS

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General Soil Test Knowledge

The soil test for a SSSTS is a two part test. Part 1 is called a deep hole test. This test is performed using a small excavator or backhoe. A hole approximately 5 feet deep is dug to determine the depth of useable soil. The excavator or back hoe is not provided by Steele Brook Development. This work is either done by the client or sub-contracted to a local contractor. Part 2 of the soil test is called a perc test. A hole 12"-24" deep is dug with a hand shovel and the stabilized time it takes water to drop or percolate 1" is recorded. Both of these tests need to be performed in a primary leach field location and a reserve leach field location. A primary leach field is the actual leach field that will be constructed to recharge and treat the septic effluent back into the environment. The reserve leach field is a backup location that needs to be land banked in the advent that the primary leach field were to fail. The reserve leach field is only constructed if needed at a later date.

Soil Test Process

1. Client determines Town and Tax map I. D. number of the parcel of property to be tested and considers what contractor they would like to sub-contract the digging of the test pits to.

2. Client calls or emails Steele Brook Development, herein referred to as the Engineer, requesting a proposal. If you call, please expect to leave a message. Please provide your name, return phone number, Town and Tax Map ID number of the parcel you would like to have soil tested

2. Engineer discusses project with the client provides a proposal and NYCDEP Soil Test Application

3. Client has the owner of the property sign the NYCDEP Soil Test Application and returns the completed application with a signed contract to the Engineer.

4. Engineer will schedule with the clients contractor and NYCDEP a date and time to meet at the site to perform the soil and perc test. The NYCDEP typically requires 7 days prior notice prior to the date of testing. It's recommended that the client attend the tests if possible

3 The Engineer, using factors such as the clients expectations, hydrology, slope of the land, location of the house, property lines, etc. determines the proper locations for the testing

4. Deep hole test and perc test are conducted in the proposed primary and reserve SSSTS locations.

5. After the test is performed, the Engineer will supply a soil report to the client.

 

 
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