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Perc Test

DEFINITION

Test that determines the ability for soil to be drained.

EXPLANATION

The type of building that can be built on land varies based on the previous use of the building. Basic tests which the local building office may request are a soil engineer report, environmental report, and other reports which may be deemed necessary for the specific project. A perc test may be necessary, especially if the landowner is considering building a septic system. The perc exam will test the absorption rate of water into the soil of the subject property. The results of the exam will be crucial for determining whether to permit a specific structure to be built.

The government relies on a perc test to test the stability of a specific location. Without the necessary support to withhold the pressures of a structure, a property cannot be built.

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