What’s Involved In Septic Tank Installation?

septic storage tankSeptic tanks are used in areas where waste water treatment system is not available. The main purpose of installing a septic tank is to treat waste water. Homeowners can decide to go for gravity fed systems or aerobic treatment units. In the aerobic treatment units, electric pump is used to move effluents from one treatment unit to the other. In the case of gravity fed, the waste matter is moved via the action of gravity. The process of installation and maintenance of septic tanks should be carried out by a highly qualified professional due to the risk involved.

What’s involved in septic tank installation?

  1. Excavation of a hole where the tank will be installed 

The tank will be installed underground so that the waste will not contaminate the environment. You will have professionals digging a hole in your preferred location where the septic tank will be installed. The contractor will come with a backhoe tractor for the excavation purposes. He will as well come with necessary tools required for the septic tank installation services. Some of the tools include PVC fittings, PVC glue, embedding material, PVC perforated pipe, dummy level and rod among other tools.

2. Compliance with state regulations

Different states will have regulations on the way the septic tanks should be installed. In order to avoid cases where you will contaminate the environment, you will have to invite a health inspectorate department officer to your site. The inspector will assess the location and offer you a permit upon proving that there will be no environmental pollution due to installing the septic tank. Once you obtain the permit, you can proceed and have the tank in place.

3. Set an aerobic tank in the dug hole

If you prefer gravity fed aerobic tank, then you need to dig the hole downhill where the waste from your sewer line will flow via gravity and enter the tank. The contractors will install the tank and test to affirm it is working well. This can involve testing the level so that they can confirm whether waste water will flow into the tank. If you prefer pump fed, then the professionals will install an eclectic pump which will drive the effluents into the aerobic tank.

4. Lay the piping

Waste water from your drain line will be directed to the septic tank via pipes. You need to have a professional install the pipes in such a way they will easily drain wastewater to the septic tank. The pipes should be fitted carefully to avoid cases where they will be affected by clean out chemicals during the operation of the septic tank.

5. Cover the pipes and septic tank

After you have installed the septic tank, then you will have to cover it up. Cover the piping as well. This is necessary for you to avoid cases where they will be burst due to animal activity in your home which can make spreading of sewer waste all over. The septic tank cover should be strong enough to avoid accidents in your home.


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