What You Need To Know When Installing A New Septic System On Your Land

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After we moved into a home with a septic system, I realized that we had to do something to understand what to expect. We started reading more and more about septic issues, and before we knew it, we had our first problem. Fortunately, because we were prepared, we didn't have to second guess our decision to call a repair person. Now when we have septic system issues, we don't worry as much about it and it is a great feeling. This blog is all about understanding common septic system problems and knowing how to fix them the first time around.


What You Need To Know When Installing A New Septic System On Your Land

20 December 2022
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Septic systems are not a new approach to waste removal and sewage treatment, and installing a system for a new home or disconnecting from an old sewer system is pretty common. Understanding the system requirements, testing the land to ensure it supports septic system use, and hiring a contractor for your septic system installation is the best way to ensure everything works as intended. 

Land Assessment

Before a septic system installation begins on any piece of land, an assessment of the area is necessary. Land with large rocks and boulders can be challenging to excavate and may not have the required space for the tank, pipes, and drainfield needed to make the system work correctly. 

The land also needs a perc test to determine if it will drain properly, and if it does not pass, it will often not be a good candidate for septic installation. Hiring a septic system contractor to assess the land and help design your system is vital. The contractor can often suggest ways to overcome issues and will often have the experience to determine if the land will support a stand-alone septic system for your home efficiently.

Septic Design

A large part of septic system installation involves designing the system to ensure it will support the size of the home. Most septic designs start with determining the number of occupants in the home based on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms.

Overestimating the need is better than underestimating it and ending up with an overwhelmed system that needs servicing often. The septic system installation should include a tank large enough to support several years of use without requiring frequent septic tank pumping and a drainfield that can handle the outflow of water from that tank. 

Every system will need pumping and cleaning eventually to allow inspection of the tank and system. However, a properly sized septic installation should not overflow or back up during that time. 

Additional Requirements

The septic system installation you need for your property may also require a lift pump or other components to make the system work more efficiently on your land. The septic contractor can help you understand any additional needs and how they play a role in your septic system's performance.

Maintenance is often not required in terms of additional work once the installation is complete, but monitoring the level is vital. Pumping water from places like your washing machine directly to the drain field and only allowing sewage in the tank is also crucial. Food, grease, and other materials can break down the bacteria in the tank and should not go down the drain.

Using the septic system responsibly, keeping materials out that shouldn't go in it, and allowing the process to work will result in a healthy septic system that will serve your needs for many years. 

For more information about septic system installation, contact a local company.