A Guide to Septic Tank Installation
Cottage and rural areas are where you will often find where septic systems are installed. Waterfront properties however are more challenging when doing septic tank installation mainly because of moist soil. Depending on the condition of the soil where the tank will be installed, the system might not be as efficient and effective in treating wastewater as well as harmful bacteria might enter your system. It’s imperative to have good idea of what you’re doing when performing the installation. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to call the pros.
Taking a quick trip to local municipal office has to be made for you to acquire the necessary permits and guidelines. This includes what size of tank is ideal that could be determined by how many people in your household. If the municipal office is not of help, then you better get measurement of your property and call for a house inspector.
You should decide on the type of tank you wish to have. One of the most common options used are concrete but as time goes by, more and more people are using plastic tanks. Plastic tanks are a lot easier to handle as their lightweight and not breakdown overtime.
Another thing to be considered is where you will place the septic tank. Home inspectors can determine the required distance from the house, water frontage, property lines and so forth. Field bed or the area where the wastewater is filtered will play an important role in the installation too. It should be a size that will correspond to the size of septic tank. It should be composed of proper sand or soil. Make it a point that you don’t forget to secure the right construction permits or everything that you have done will be put to waste.
As soon as you’ve made the measurements, be sure that you have the house inspector to double check everything before you finally get started. An inspector will be requesting for a perc test or the test performed to see how long will it take for the water to filter in the soil. This will show if there’s anything that should be added to the soil in prepping the septic tank installation. It’s now time to dig after getting a go signal from the perc test.
Unless you’ve had experience in doing septic tank installation on your own, you must hire pros to come to your place in order to dig holes for the tank. And when they are done digging, the next thing to do is lowering the tank to the hole. Make sure that it is leveled by shoveling it by small amount of gravel or rock which will make the base firmer.