Soil Services, PLLC is an environmental consulting firm specializing in natural resource identification. Our services include Soil Mapping ("perc" test), Septic System Layout and Design, Wetland Delineation, Stream and Buffer Evaluation, as well as Flood Hazard Soil Evaluation. We pride ourselves on providing superior service at the most competitive rates in the industry. Our thorough understanding of local, State and Federal regulations allows us to assist in preliminary site planning as well as the building and/or septic permitting process.
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Soil Mapping (Perc Test) Sometimes referred to as a "Perc Test", soil mapping is the standard technique used to evaluate soil suitability for wastewater treatment systems (septic systems). Soil characteristics, observed through hand auger borings, along with site characteristics are used to determine the suitability of an area. Based on data collected in the field, a soil suitability report and suitability site map is generated. This documentation can be used as a tool for preliminary site planning, determining development potential, supporting property value, subdivision recordation, and other terrain altering activities. Septic System Layout and Design A septic system layout is a field representation of septic drain lines. Pin flags are placed on contour within a suitable soil area to show the extent and configuration of septic drain lines. Septic system layouts are used by local and State regulating agencies to field verify a proposed septic system for permitting. Septic installers also use septic system layouts as a guide for installing the septic drainlines. If you are not sure whether you need a septic system layout, contact us for a free consultation. Some sites may require a septic system design depending upon site and soil conditions. Innovative septic systems are used to maximize the development potential of a site. Soil Services is familiar with the newest wastewater treatment technologies and is well versed in on-site wastewater system design regulations. Our design staff provides economical and efficient wastewater treatment solutions to fit your needs. Our wastewater treatment design expertises include pressure manifold systems, low-pressure pipe systems, subsurface drip irrigation, pretreatment systems as well as residential National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES). Wetland Mapping Wetlands are protected natural resources clearly defined by State and Federal Law. Soil Services utilizes the criteria set forth in Federal guidelines to delineate project sites. Positive indicators of hydric soils, hydrophytic vegetation, and wetland hydrology specifically distinguish wetlands. Our experienced staff collects site data through hand auger borings and field observations. A wetland delineation map and report is generated for confirmation with State and Federal regulating agencies. Once confirmed, this documentation can be used as a tool for preliminary site planning. Stream and Buffer Evaluation Often coupled with Wetland Mapping, the Stream and Buffer Evaluation classifies streams located within a project site and assesses their subjectivity to stream buffer rules (Neuse River, Tar-Pamlico, etc.). Like wetlands, streams are protected natural resources. Our experienced staff collects site data through approved classification techniques and field observations. A stream and buffer evaluation map and report is generated for confirmation with State and Federal regulating agencies. Once confirmed, this documentation can be used as a tool for preliminary site planning.
Flood Hazard Soils Evaluation Article 14 of the Wake County Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) protects these areas. Soil areas prone to frequent flooding with hydric soil indicators are known as Flood Hazard Soils (FHS). The Wake County Soil Survey is used as a guide to determine whether FHS may be present on a project site. A list of FHS can be found on in the Wake County UDO. The soil areas shown in the Wake County Soil Survey are often much larger than the actual FHS areas found on site. Therefore, a Flood Hazard Soil Evaluation may increase the development potential for a project site. Soil characteristics, observed through hand auger borings, along with site characteristics are used to evaluate a site. Based on data collected in the field, a FHS report and map are generated. This documentation can be used as a tool for preliminary site planning, determining development potential, and/or supporting property value.