SEPTIC SYSTEM INSTALLATION
What Type of System Do You Need?
Are you looking into septic tank installation for your property? There are a number of factors to consider when we build you a septic system. The most important, though, is the type of soil on your property. How much clay, sand and rock make up the soil and to what depth? What's the ability of the soil to drain and filter wastewater? We do a soil analysis and percolation test to answer these questions. Those findings help us locate the tank and the drainage field on your property.
Other considerations are available space, topography, intended purpose and the estimated waste use based on your dwelling or building size. Once we have all the pieces in place, we can begin to design a system that will last for years and adequately handle your wastewater needs.
A Quick Overview of the Process
Following acquisition of permits and approvals, we excavate the hole for the tank and install it, and all the pipes that will run from the building out to the tank. When the tank is in place, we dig the drainage (leach) field, and install all the proper gravel and piping assure that the wastewater flows properly from the septic tank and disperses fully into the surrounding soil.
Our septic systems include the installation of quality pre-cast septic tanks, sewer and drain piping, and complete drain field construction.
All systems require field testing, siting and permitting, as well as a final inspection before use.
It's important to note that while standard septic systems can accommodate residences and small business buildings, larger businesses will need other systems. New construction and replacement systems can often be complex. We will discuss all aspects of the installation plans with you as we go.
How Does A Septic System Work?
A septic tank, the septic drain field, and the associated piping are the elements of a septic system. The drain field is an arrangement of trenches containing perforated pipes and porous material (usually gravel). This area is then covered with a layer of soil. The soil layer is meant to help absorbs surface runoff. It also keep animals away from the wastewater in the trenches.
A properly functioning drain field is crucial, because much of the wastewater contains microbes that can cause disease. The soil ecosystems in the drain field will deactivate the microbes before they leave the drain field. If the drain field is compromised in any way--through damage or bad design--the risk of disease exists. The percolation test we perform on your soil will ensure that the soil is permeable enough to accept the tank effluent, but sufficiently fine grained to filter out pathogens.
To this end, after a system is installed, it's essential to maintain and monitor your leach field. Fats, fiber lint from laundry, and garbage fragments from the disposal can all work their way into the field and begin to fill in the tiny spaces in the soil, blocking proper flow.
Any swampy spots or unpleasant odors over the field indicate a drainage problem and a potential health hazard. We recommend a field inspection at least once a year, as well as regular tank cleanouts.
Ready for a new septic system? Contact us and let's talk.