Best Percolation and Soil Test Company in Santa Maria, CA
Owning an undeveloped property has no limits on what you can do with it. Nothing has ever been there before, just a blank piece of land waiting for your dreams to be placed upon it. The one drawback to owning an undeveloped property, is that if you want to put a building on it, you're going to need a septic sewer system. If your property doesn't have an existing sewer line hook-up, you'll need to install a new septic sewer system before you build. Part of owning and building on a piece of property is having all pieces of the puzzle in place, and knowing the cost to install septic tank and leach field is one of those puzzle pieces you'll want to know. But where do you start? It all starts by calling Santa Maria, CA Percolation & Soil Testing to perform a soil test for septic, or better known as a percolation test, for you. Once you know how your soil percolates, you'll begin to have an idea on what costs will be involved in getting your site ready for a building.
Do I need a Percolation Test?
If you are simply going to have a parking lot with no bathroom facilities, then you won't need a perc test done. But if you place any type of building on it that will have running water and a drain system, then you'll need to have a percolation test done before a building permit will be issued. Before calling Santa Maria Percolation & Soil Testing, check to see if your site already has a sanitary system hook-up on it. If your site already has a connection that you can simply connect your building to, then you won't need a perc test done. But if it doesn't, you'll need one.
What is a Percolation Test? Soil Test?
A soil test for septic is better known as a percolation test or perc test and is needed to determine the soils capabilities of absorbing water. The overall septic sewer system design begins with a perc test. There are many calculations that are needed when designing a septic system that all hinge on the rate of percolation for the soil. If a known amount of water absorbs quickly, then the soil is said to have a high percolation rate. If that same amount of water absorbs slowly, like in clay soils, then the soil is said to have a low percolation rate. Percolation is just a term used for “soil absorption” in regards to septic system design and not only dictates the overall design, but the size of the needed leach field.
How A Percolation Test is Done
When you call for a soil test for septic, or percolation test, the technician will discuss with you where the potential location of your leach field will be placed. They will take into account the geography of the land as well as the location to the septic sewer system running from the building. Once the area is targeted, the Santa Maria, CA technician will commence to digging 3 to 5 holes measuring 6 to 8 feet in diameter and at varying depths in each. There will be one particular hole that will be dug to a maximum of 12 feet deep, or until the water table is reached, and measured from the surface. Each hole will have a set amount of water filled in it, and the rate that it drops will be timed. The timed portion is measured in inches per minute. This is known as the percolation rate of that particular area. This will be done for each hole and all times will be noted. As well as noting the percolation rate per area, the depth of the water table will also be noted. In some circumstances, the water table is too close to the surface for a traditional leach field design, so other alternative leach field designs must be considered. If the technician states that your ground failed the percolation test, no need to worry. There are alternative septic system designs that the engineers will discuss with you. But either way, the soil test for septic is an absolute requirement before any septic system design can be drawn up.
What can I expect a soil test for septic to cost me?
Depending on the size of your site, the typical costs for a percolation test can run anywhere from $100 to $1,000 or more in Santa Maria, CA. There are specific state and local regulations that surround when, where, and how often percolation tests are done.
How often will I need to have a percolation test done?
Under normal circumstances, the typical perc test only needs to be done or renewed once every 3 to 5 years.
Can I hook-up multiple buildings to the same septic sewer system?
In theory, you can. The problem is that each building must have its own septic tank and the land where the leach field is going to be installed must be able to handle the wastewater of all buildings combined, which normally means passing a perc test and installing a large, high-efficiency leach field system.