Preventing Plumbing Problems

Preventing Plumbing Problems

5 Steps For Septic System Installation

by Calvin Simmmons

If you want to install a septic system, understand the basics of the installation process and prepare for it. Below are some steps to expect before the installation is over.

1. Contractor Selection

Septic installation requires a professional septic contractor. DIY installation is not advisable because you might get the design wrong, contaminate the local environment, or install a system that cannot last long. Thus, the first step is to choose a septic contractor or company. Here are some steps for the selection:

  • Ensure the contractor has liability insurance.
  • Confirm that the contractor has a relevant permit or license; contact your local government (such as the building, environment, or health department) for information on the appropriate license.
  • Ask the contractor for their septic installation experience.

Your family members or friends can help you with contractor referrals. You can also search for contractors online.

2. Site Evaluation

Once you get a contractor, they should visit your home and evaluate the proposed installation site. The contractor will assess the site's size, distance from water sources, distance from dwelling places, and soil profile, among other factors. The contractor will also advise you on improving the site's suitability for a septic system, if necessary, before installation.

3. System Design

Your contractor will design a septic system that meets your needs and fits the environment. The contractor will consider your household size, water use, soil type, climate, and local regulations. For example, local regulations determine the minimum clearance between septic systems and main dwelling places.

4. Permitting

You must have permission from the local government to install a septic system. You get permission in the form of an installation permit. You can apply for the permit yourself, but you should probably let your contractor do it since they have experience and will probably do it easier than you can.

5. Installation

The contractor will arrive on the appointed date and install the system. Ensure the installation site is accessible and you have an alternative arrangement for bathroom services. You will be without using your bathroom for some time during the installation.

The contractor will clear the site, make the necessary excavations, lay the pipes, install the septic tank, connect everything, and test the system. The contractor should also advise you on how to care for or maintain your new septic system before they leave.

Remember to maintain your system, so it doesn't break down frequently or prematurely.

To learn more, contact a septic service in your area such as Richardson Grading And Septic.


About Me

Preventing Plumbing Problems

It isn't always easy to know where to start when it comes to household maintenance, but a few years ago I realized I needed a new septic system. We were having a problem with our drains draining properly, so we turned to some experts for some help. They walked us through every aspect of the plumbing process, and within a few days, we were having a brand new septic tank installed. It was great to see just how much better things ran when the septic was working, and this blog is evidence of how much something like that can help.