If you are buying rural Barron County land with the hopes of building on it, a percolation test is a must. This test evaluates the rate at which water drains through the soil and how suitable the ground is for a septic system. Any lot that does not have access to municipal sewer will need proof of an acceptable perc test to allow home construction.
Improved lots may have perc test results already on file, but you should evaluate the results with your builder. A lot with poor soils, high groundwater or other challenges could require a more complex (and expensive) septic system. A lot may not be suitable for any type of septic system, which would require a holding tank in most cases.
A perc test is performed by a licensed soil tester who digs a hole on the property about 3 feet wide and 5 feet deep. The perc test examines what types of soil layers are on the property and to what depth those soils exist. A perc test will also find where the restrictive layer is, which comes in the form of ground water, bedrock or hard clay. This determines the “vertical flow” of soil drainage and the kind of septic system that would be workable.
Perc tests in Wisconsin run anywhere from $275 to $400, depending on the service provider and the lot location. The buyer normally pays for the perc test, because the test is done where the septic system would be located, which is a matter of buyer preference. Who actually pays for the perc test can be negotiated depending on the seller’s motivation.
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