How are Septic Systems Installed?

If you have moved into a home in the Metro-Atlanta or north Georgia areas and are looking to install a septic system to your property, you’re probably wondering what the installation process is like. We will go ahead and say this: the process is too labor intensive and complex to try to do it yourself.

By hiring a professional septic system service, you can be assured that your septic system will be installed correctly and in a timely manner. Here is a brief overview on how septic systems are installed, so that you may refer to it when you’re ready to invest in such a system.

Pre-Installation Planning

Most houses have a conventional septic system that relies on gravity to do all the work. However, if your home is located on a piece of land that would not allow for the wastewater to be naturally pulled to the soil, a low-pressure dose system might be needed. Whatever the case, your septic system expert will be able to help you determine which system would be best for your home.

Before any construction can begin, you and your contractor have to obtain the legally required permits. This will prove to your local government that your septic system will comply with state and county health regulations. Once you have decided on a system and received the proper documents, a preliminary site check will be performed.

When everything has checked out, your septic service professional will plan where the tank and system should go, as well as designate an area for the drainfield. They will pick an area of your property where the flow will go downhill, allowing for gravity to carry the wastewater properly. Also, they should be mindful of where other utility lines might be buried, so that they do not disrupt them during the installation process.

The Installation Process: The Basics

After planning has been completed, the installation process can begin. First, a large hole will be dug so that the septic tank can be placed completely underground. The leech field will be laid out and excavated, as defined during the permit and planning processes.

The pipe that leads from the septic tank will connect to your house, so that wastewater can flow from your drains, down the pipes and into the septic tank. From there, the wastewater will naturally separate and filter through the soil.

Drain rock will then be placed around the pipe that leads out of the septic tank. The tank and pipe will then be covered back up, and a health inspector might come out to determine that the system was installed in a sufficient way.

Post-Installation Care

Once all is said and done, you must begin caring for your septic system to avoid any issues from arising. You can follow certain maintenance tips and keep an eye out for signs that your system may be failing. Regular septic system inspections should be carried out by your professional septic system technicians.

Reliable Rooter is available for all your septic service needs, from installation to inspections and more. Contact us today to see how we can help you with the installation or maintenance of your septic system.