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Preparing For A Septic System Installation

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A septic tank is necessary for many households in the U.S. However, for the best experience and to avoid inconveniences and delays, you should prepare adequately before hiring a septic system installation service. Here are some things you shouldn't leave out in your checklist before installing a septic system. 

Check Your Local Requirements for Home Septic System Permits

The cost for a septic system permit will vary depending on your location. In addition, a permit could be required for garbage disposal and pumping. Make sure you research the cost and application process for a permit in your state.

Remember that a soil test and inspection are part of the permit process. The soil test is performed to measure the water absorption rate of your soil. Check with your local authorities whether the test needs to be performed by a local authorized agent or if you should hire an independent contractor.

Make Plans for Your Drinking Water, Toilet, and Shower Plans

When installing a septic system, your property's water will be turned off. Therefore, you should stock up on drinking, cooking, and cleaning water. Make sure you have more water reserves than you think is necessary to account for delays during the system installation process.

Furthermore, during the installation, your toilet and shower will not be in use. Ensure you rent a portable toilet. Arrange with your family or friends for a place to shower.

Identify the Appropriate Location

Before installing a septic tank, consult a professional to help determine where to position your tank, drainfield, and pipes. The drainfield filters wastewater to make it safe to use. 

Don't choose an area where surface runoff can collect. This can result in potential backups and drainfield flooding. Another consideration when choosing the location of the tank is a flat area. Sloping areas result in the collection of runoff and system backups. Also, avoid areas with dense tree roots, as these can damage the pipes.

Lastly, make sure you choose an area with permeable soil. Dense soil can cause blockages on your drainfield. The local authorities require a soil report from a certified expert to determine your soil's suitability. Furthermore, they need your tank to be some distance away from your home.

Notify Your Neighbors

Like any construction project on your property, it is courteous to notify your neighbors before you start. A septic system installation involves heavy machinery, which will create noise. The equipment will also take up significant road space. Notifying your neighbors will give them ample time to prepare for any inconveniences. 

For more info about septic services, contact a local company.