Note: Walk-in samples are accepted at our Somerton lab on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 AM to 3 PM. Postal and courier samples are received throughout the week.


Acid Sulfate Soil Contamination Testing in Melbourne

Understanding Acid Sulfate Soils:

Acid sulfate soils containing iron sulphides, primarily pyrite (FeS2), are safe in their natural state. However, disturbing them during excavation exposes them to atmospheric oxygen, leading to oxidation. This process produces iron compounds and sulfuric acid (H2SO4), posing threats to steel, concrete structures, and the environment—plants, animals, and water bodies due to acidification.

Managing the risks:

For planned construction or ongoing site management, understanding the presence of acid sulfate soil and their risks is crucial. The surge in development activities across Australia has made assessing and managing these soils integral to planning and approval processes.

Addressing risks proactively:

Engaging in acid sulfate soil testing before construction begins is advisable. This proactive approach helps recognise the presence of these soils and devise strategies to mitigate potential disturbances and their environmental impacts. By recognizing these risks, we contribute to responsible and sustainable development practices.

For comprehensive acid sulfate soil testing services in Melbourne, contact us at +61 (3) 9115 8105 or Embrace informed development with a safer environment in mind.

alec lucke
alec lucke
We have found the tests to be thorough and informative and are implementing the recommendations for the trace mineral sprays. We will be using the recommendations elsehwere in our garden as well, for plants with similar ph requirements. We are hopeful - time will tell. Many thanks. Alec
John Smith
John Smith
Gennadi Rosin
Gennadi Rosin
Professional service and friendly staff
Trent N
Trent N
I had my soil testing done from Test Needs. I am impressed with their service and the suggestions that were given to improve the soil quality.

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