What You Need to Know Before a Septic System Installation

Septic Tank

In setting up a new property outside an urban area, there are more things than what meets the eye, one of which is the septic system. Regular homes in the city have access to government-provided sewers, but if you are outside this network, you need a septic system of your own installed.

A septic system helps to manage your property’s wastewater. The septic tank is where whatever goes down your drain pipes is stored.

Choosing A Contractor

You will need to contact a sewer and septic professional to install your septic system. Begin by researching and getting estimates for costs. The contractor you choose must be licensed to operate in the area where your property is located. It is even better if they are insured. You can look through customer reviews to confirm a contractor’s suitability.

How does a Septic System Work

A septic system has different components that work together to allow you to dispose of wastewater effectively. In simple terms, these components include an access point, a septic tank, a distribution box, drain fields, and the sewer pipe.

Wastewater moves through all of these parts, from your drain pipes to the septic tank.  The drain field helps to separate solid and liquid waste. The separated wastewater then flows through to the distribution box.


What is required before installing a Septic System?

Installing a septic tank is a more complicated process than digging the ground. This is why it is best to let the professionals handle the work. The procedures for installation are as follows;

  1. Your installer will ensure that the size of your property and land is big enough to contain the septic system. All parts of the system, as listed above, will need space to fit in.
  2. A soil test will need to occur. Soil testing, or a percolation test, is a legal requirement before installing a septic system. The health departments of cities in the United States have set conditions that your soil must have for you to obtain a permit to install. The requirement is that the soil on your property must be porous. This permit usually costs a fee which must be renewed every few years. It is impossible to install a septic system without this permit.
  3. Excavation is best done right after the property is erected and before the last stages of construction. Consider getting a septic system installer before setting up a backyard patio or sidewalks. This way, the excavation process does not cause damage to your construction progress.
  4. The cost of installing a septic system depends on several factors, including the size of your property and the type of the septic tank to be installed. Concrete and plastic septic tanks are a cheaper alternative to fiberglass. Additional expenses to expect will include costs for a system design, land clearing, installation, and, as earlier mentioned, soil testing and obtaining a permit.

Do you need a septic system installation expert? Countryside Plumbing, Sewer, and Septicis your top choice. We offer a five-star service extending from septic tank installations and inspections to sewer repairs. We are licensed in Lake County and Illinois, and we know how vital an excellent septic system is to your comfort. Get in contact with us today.