Prepping for a Septic System Installation

septic tank

In some rural or incorporated areas, many homes aren’t connected to the city sewer lines, so it’s necessary to perform a septic system installation. While there may be areas that allow homeowners to do this installation themselves, many municipalities require the work be done by a licensed professional. Other restrictions may include obtaining proper permits from the appropriate authorities, and limitations on the exact placement of the tank.    


Location is Key

Generally, there are strict codes that dictate exactly where a septic system is placed. In the interest of public health, it cannot be installed too close to a drinking source, to reduce the risk of contamination in case of failure. The tank also needs to be deep enough underground to minimize the gases produced by waste. Codes may also require the tank to be a minimum distance from neighboring property lines. A professional will comply with these regulations, while being sensitive to public and environmental concerns.  


Size Matters

A licensed professional has the skills and knowledge necessary to perform a septic system installation with a minimum of disruption. No two jobs are alike, and these professionals will take into account the size of structure, and recommend the type of holding tank and proper proportions needed. In the past, these tanks were generally made of concrete, but newer materials can include plastic or fiberglass, since it’s been found that these materials are more durable than concrete. After installation, most professionals can also offer tips on maintenance to ensure your system performs efficiently.  


With the rising popularity of home improvement stores, many homeowners may be tempted to perform a septic system installation on their own, but it’s best to rely on professionals for this type of work. These experts have the knowledge and experience to perform the job, while complying with all codes and regulations. A properly installed system reduces the risk of pollution and expensive repairs, and adds to the resale value of a home.