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possible contaminated ground???,,,advice please...

Discussion in 'Building' started by sonofrob, 14 Nov 2016.

  1. sonofrob

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    hello,,,I have an old timber framed bungalow which was built near the entrance of a mine shaft which was active in the 1800's,,,i plan to sell the place but the last buyer dropped out as search came back that said it could be on contaminated ground and needs investigation,,,can anyone tell me what tests would need to be done,,,how they are done,,,and some idea of cost involved???,,,I have had a site investigation done a long time ago on some land we built on where a lad came and put some tripods up and core drilled the earth in various places,,,i assumed this was just to see what type of foundation we needed,,,is it the same kind of thing to test for contaminated ground etc???,,,
     
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    ive already googled it loads mate but want to hear from people with real experience of it,,,all I can find on google is companies who do it but no info...
     
  4. Cost and procedure will depend on the possible contamination, the makeup of the ground, the location, the size of the plot etc etc.
     
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    Where are you based in the U.K.?
     
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    northeast mate,,,durham area......
     
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    Ok. There could be contamination relating with past industrial use but is very low risk. There is a company called Solmek up your way who can do soil testing. If you want to pursue it then I'd suggest digging a number of holes and sampling the soil for typical contaminants (metals, hydrocarbons etc..) Ground gas can be an issue in mining areas but I'd steer away from that as it needs drilling and monitoring installation. Some soils testing would likely be enough for most purchasers and solicitors advising on a sale who aren't particularly clued up in contaminated land.
     
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