Choosing the exact building site on your home is exciting, but you will also have the less exciting job of finding a location for your septic system. It's important to do this at the outset of the building process, even if the tank isn't installed right away, so that you can plan the home, outbuildings, and driveways appropriately to avoid damage to the septic system later. The following guide details what to look for in an ideal septic site.
Consider your well location
Unless you are reasonably assured that you can drill anywhere on your property and easily reach water, you may want to have your well location determined and the well installed before placing your septic tank and drain field. The reason is simple – the septic system is generally placed as far from the well as possible. By knowing where the well is placed, your septic installer can better choose a location that won't send effluent into the drinking water.
Check the drainage patterns on the property
Septic systems are generally installed in areas that drain quickly, so an elevated area or near the top of a slope is preferred. You want to avoid location where rain or irrigation water tends to pool, or areas that stay soggy and take a long time to dry out after rainfall. It's also important to consider the location in regards to where you will put your house, as water running from the home's gutter systems could flood a septic system if you don't plan accordingly.
Compare it to possible home sites
When looking at the possible location for the septic tank, also compare it to the possible sites for placing your home. Ideally the tank will be downslope from your home so there is no chances of effluent backflowing into the yard. Yet, you will also want it close enough so that you don't have to run more than 25 to 50 feet of sewage pipes out to the tank, since longer pipes increase the chances of a leak or damage. Local building codes will provide specific distance requirements, so refer to these when considering sites.
On some properties there is only one or two ways to provide access roads and driveways. It's vital that the drainfield for your septic system doesn't have a road over it or any chances for vehicles to drive onto the field, as this will cause irreparable damage. Once you find a good site, verify that there will be no need to use the area for access at any point in the future.
For more help, contact a septic installation contractor such as Martin Septic Service Inc.
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