What is a Percolation Test

 In Septic Knowledge Center

Percolation test, mound septic, drainfield, cess pool…these terms may be familiar to you or you may have heard them. Lets answer some questions you might have about septic systems. If you own a house or have property which is not connected to a municipal sewer system, you will need to have a septic system installed. Many people are not exactly sure what one is, or how it works. As a homeowner it is best you know at least a little about your septic system. If you are looking to purchase land with the idea of building a house on it, you will need to contact the pros at Martin Septic Systems so they can inspect your property to let you know about the options.

Percolation Test

After you call the pros at Martin Septic Services they will schedule an expert to visit your property. They will look over the property and take a number of variables into consideration when deciding what type of system will work best and where it can be placed on the property. Many people have asked what a percolation test is, because they have heard this term at some point.

A percolation test is performed to determine the water absorption rate of the soil. What does this mean? Basically how fast water that is put on the surface is soaked in to the ground. This is an important test when trying to determine where to place the drainfield. There are a number of ways this test can be performed, but we are not going to into the calculations. This calculation is important because a properly functioning system will allow your septic system to drain through the ground naturally purifying the waste instead of puddling on the ground. If the ground does not properly soak up water fast enough in the test, other alternatives may be suggested, such as the use of a mound septic. If you want to read more about this type of system, read this article.

Keep in mind that all septic systems have to be approved by your local governing authority, city or county usually. Permits are required as well as inspections to make sure the entire system is designed and installed properly. A properly installed septic system will also protect you and your family.

If you have questions, complete our online form here, or give our office a call. We look forward to working with you.

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