You might need a septic tank if you live in a rural area or plan to build a new house in the country. Let’s learn more about the process and the cost of installing a septic tank in your own home. A septic system consists of an underground septic tank constructed of concrete, plastic, fiberglass or other material for the treatment and disposal of wastewater. This system is designed to provide commercial and residential areas with a customized wastewater treatment solution. Although you can build your own septic tank, due to the specific skill level and equipment required, we recommend that you hire a professional.
As there are many types of septic systems available for domestic purposes, along with the installation process and cost, it is advisable that you carefully consider one that suits your requirement and budget. Household plumbing is often connected directly to city sewer lines in densely populated areas of the country. Since connections to municipal sewers are not available at other locations, wastewater is treated in septic tanks. You will be responsible for the septic tanks installation if you are moving into a new house or on land that does not have an existing sump.
Things to do before installing a septic tank.
Here are some helpful tips to ensure a successful septic tank installation.
- Get more than one estimate:
Get estimates from licensed septic tank installers and read reviews of individual companies. Evaluate reviews from trusted customers before you begin to agree or sign any documents. Make sure the contractor you choose is properly insured and licensed, and that their quote includes necessary prep work like field digging and drainage testing.
- Getting a permit and a Soil test
Septic systems rely on permits and inspection to ensure a porous soil around the tank to collect and organically treat liquid waste, preventing liquid waste from contaminating the overflowing water or seeping into the water sources. This drainage area is also known as “leach field” or as a “drain field”.
A permeability test, commonly referred to as a “perc” test, is required by law before the construction of a septic tank. This test verifies that the soil meets the criteria of the city and the health services. An amount of permeable material such as sand or gravel is usually needed in the soil. You will be able to apply for a permit and begin the installation process once the site has passed the permeability test. Permeability tests must be passed before a septic tank can be installed on a site. Before purchasing the land, you plan to use for residential purposes, we recommend that you place a trial order.
- Digging Strategy
The large amount of soil required for a septic tank requires the use of heavy machinery. If you already live on the property, be sure to calculate the cost of landscaping to repair the damage caused by the excavation. If you are building a new house, dig during the period that will have the least impact on the construction. This is usually done after the completion of the main structure of the house, but before the paving of roads and driveways.
By following the correct guidelines, specifications and seeking the services of professionals a septic tank installation at your own home has become very easy.