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When most people think of septic systems, the image that comes to mind is a big tank underground. Folks don’t generally think about the drain field and the important role it plays in the whole system. The drain field’s ability to absorb the liquid effluent from the septic system is critical to the system. If one is seeking to build a home on a property that will require its own septic system in Fairfax VA, a perc test is a must before you even begin thinking of architectural designs and where the picture window will be. If the land isn’t suitable for a septic system, you may not be granted permission to be build or may have to find other, often more costly, solutions.
A perc test (also known as a percolation test) assesses the absorbency rate of soil. While the process is relatively simple, the steps are nonetheless precise and there are some particularities that must understood in the conducting of this test. A licensed expert in septic systems and perc testing is best qualified to conduct the tests.
What’s involved? Following are the basic steps:
Once these tests are completed, the contractor and local health department will determine the suitability of the soil to support a septic system and its drain field. Both will work together to determine next steps with the land owner and what is permissible on the land in Fairfax VA. Perc testing thus is really an essential step. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact SES.
SES is one of only three businesses to be licensed as a Responsible Management Entity. Loudoun County Virginia was the first in the Nation to establish requirements for an RME based on EPA recommendations. SES manages several communities required to have an RME.