Hydrocarbons are common in stormwater and effluent water, and they can be found as free-floating, emulsified, or absorbed to suspended solids. Element performs hydrocarbon testing and analysis for environmental consultants, the energy market, and municipalities to analyze the concentrations of hydrocarbon compounds and make certain it meets regulatory guidelines.

Hydrocarbons in water

Hydrocarbons in water can come from spills, however, it is the low concentrations from the industrial sector, manufacturing, power generation plants, and municipal wastewater that cause low level and continuous release.

Element’s state-of-the-art laboratories can measure both high and low concentrations of hydrocarbon compounds using solvent extraction followed by Gas Chromatography (GC) with Flame Ionization Detector (FID) and Mass Spectrometer Detector (MSD) for volatile compounds.

Hydrocarbons in soil

The contamination of soil by hydrocarbons is becoming more common across the globe. Hydrocarbons get deep into underground waters through contaminated soil and can subsequently enter the human food chain and spread through the environment.

Please contact us for more information on hydrocarbon testing if you want to learn more.

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