What is a Perc Test?

A Perc Test is conducted to study a soil's permeability.

We get asked fairly often about how to interpret a Perc Test. Check out our insights below!

A failed perc test could mean that the property you just acquired or are trying to sell is not suitable for a dwelling. It is critical for the parties involved in conducting a perc test to understand how the permeability of the soil on a property can make or break a land acquisition and development deal.

Here are some summary points to consider as we ‘dig deeper’ into this.

– Perc tests are conducted to determine the soil’s permeability.

– A perc test is a wetting and drying of an area of land, which is then left unseeded for at least two weeks.

– The purpose of this study is to measure how quickly water will seep into the ground after it has poured out.

– If the water seeps in faster than it can escape, then this is not your ideal type of land to build on.

– Conversely, if the water level remains low or does not drain at all after a perc test has been completed, there could be an issue with permeability and you should consult a professional before proceeding.

Sandy lots tend to fair better with perc tests due to the drainage efficiency of sand as opposed to clay or rock.

If you have more questions on how to conduct a perc test or how to interpret the results of a perc test, feel free to reach out to our network via the contact page and one of our investors will give a you a free perc consultation.

We hope that provides some clarity on ‘What is a Perc Test?’ Check out our article page, we are always updating posts on relevant questions like this! https://checklands.com/sell-my-land-learning-resource/

Land Educator & Post Organizer at Checklands
Micah has been involved in the real estate industry for four years primarily assisting real estate professionals with networking and skillset acquisition strategies. Micah has personally acquired and sold rural land parcels in four states and has been an active investor in rural land portfolios in the region of Northwest Arkansas.You can reach Micah at Micah@checklands.com

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