Installing a septic tank for the first time can be a surprisingly tedious task, but it doesn't have to be difficult. With professionals taking care of the bulk of the work, the rest of your septic installation comes down to planning, navigating some paperwork and regulations, and learning to use your new septic system properly. This preparation will help everything go much more smoothly and help avoid any confusion as you go ahead.
Plan A Few Weeks Ahead
When it comes to actually putting the tank in the ground, installing a septic tank doesn't take too long. The whole process itself, however, can take many weeks—and this is after you've found an installer you want to use for sure. Before you have your tank installed, you need to make sure that all regulations are being met, you have had your soil inspected, and all paperwork is completed to make sure you can get your septic system installed on your property by the book. It's a good idea to take this into account when making your plans.
Perhaps even more important is that when your tank is being installed, all water to your home will have to be shut off, potentially for multiple days. Have a plan ready for where you're going to stay during this time, where you'll get your water from, and how you'll take care of everything from laundry to cooking. If you've given a time estimate, prepare for something longer just to be safe.
Know Your Permits And Regulations
Septic system installations can get complicated because regulations and permits can vary by the state, and sometimes even by the city or county you live in. Some of these regulations include how far below the surface your drain field should be, what type of soil you need, and where the tank should be located.
You can usually find this information through your city, county, or state government websites; they should have all information pertaining to your specific area there. It can be helpful to make sure you know what these rules and regulations are; not only will this help you keep up with the installation process, but you can factor in inspection times and other things you need to do into your planning time.
The good news is that many installers will take care of the legal and technical aspects for you rather than making you do it yourself; if this is something that would help you, check with your installer to see if that's what they offer, and how much it might cost.
Learn Proper Septic Care And Maintenance
Septic systems and installations are expensive, so it's worth it to learn how to take the best possible care of your tank. This can include simple things like what to avoid flushing down your drains and how often to get your tank pumped, but you can also learn about warning signs of leaks and clogs or how to avoid causing damage to your drain field. For example, you should avoid parking any cars on top of the land your drain field is installed under; the weight from the vehicle can damage the drain field and make your tank drain excess water much less efficiently.
After an installation, ask for a map so you know where everything is installed on your property. This is also a great time to ask any questions or to make sure your drains all work properly now your tank is completely installed.Share
7 September 2018
Hello, my name is Jon. After buying my home, I was uncertain about how to maintain the septic system. I called a septic service company to come inspect the tank and lines to further discuss the required maintenance and repair needs of the system. After the inspection, the septic company informed me that the tank was full and needed to be pumped out. Worn components were in need of replacement as well. As a result of my diligence, I was able to avoid system failure and protect my septic system from damage. I hope to use this site to help others avoid a similar septic emergency. Thank you.