Why Do I Need a Soil Test?
The composition of the soil beneath us varies greatly by state, town and even among properties on the same street. Properties have distinct types of soils, varying water table levels, different amounts and types of rock, and sometimes trash buried beneath them. It is crucial to understand what type of soil a property has before a septic system can be installed. Soil testing gives us key information to determine the overall size of a system and where and how deep they can be placed.
Soil testing is a required step before designing and installing a septic system. In fact, it is often required for other home-improvement projects, such as adding a pool, an addition, a garage, deck, or shed.
What is a Soil Test?
To start the soil testing process, we contact the Health Department to set up a day and time for an appointment. A sanitarian from the local Health Department and one of our project managers visits the property on the date of the scheduled appointment. Upon arrival, several 6-8 foot-deep pits are dug with a mini excavator on various parts of the property. The soil is then examined in each of these pits to check for soil types and consistency. Additionally, a percolation test is completed, which consists of pouring water into a small hole and seeing how quickly it drains. We can immediately give our customers an idea of the soil types as we uncover them since we are onsite with the Health Department during this process.
Contact us today to schedule a test. We will correspond with your local health department and schedule your tests on the earliest available date.