Septic Tank Installation
Septic tank installations are a simple yet labor intensive process. If installed correctly it can be seriously detrimental to your household and environment. Incorrect installs are expensive and time consuming to fix. Your system must also pass inspection. Septek installations always pass inspection on the first try. Why hire Septek when you can do it yourself? We’ve been in business for over 20 years. We know all the inspectors and what they look for. Our installers know the laws governing septic installations and maintenance like the backs of their hands. Unlike an inexperienced homeowner, we do not make mistakes.
Septic tanks utilize a very simple gravity technology. The installation process is not complex. What makes the process challenging is the labor and equipment involved. If you are not attached to a sewage system, you will need a septic tank and soil absorption system. We can install a chamber made of fiberglass or PVC. Many clients choose concrete because it is economical, however, concrete has a tendency to crack. Steel tanks are not recommended because the level of corrosion is inefficient. Fiberglass and PVC are the most durable options. They are less likely to crack but experience structural damage due to their low weight.
Septic Tank Installation Process
The first step in this process is to contact the County Public Health office and obtain a permit. Next, we will call to schedule a marking of any utility and cable lines that may be at risk of damage due to improper excavation. Before installing your tank of choice, we will inspect it for any defects. An excavator is used to dig up your property according to the tank’s size. We allow for an additional six to ten inches around the perimeter to accommodate backfill and readjustment. Your tank is never placed on a rock. Six to twelve inches of gravel is added to the hole to create a solid, level surface. The tank is then lowered and leveled into the ground, making sure that the inlet is slightly higher than the outlet. Once we have added sufficient backfill, the tank is covered.
The toughest part of installation is digging the hole. Fortunately, we have technology on our side and can use heavy duty excavators to get the job done quickly. Unless we encounter complications the entire process will be done in a day or two depending upon weather conditions. If you’d like Septek to install a leach field, add an additional day to the process. Leach fields are much more technical to install. We must first locate a suitable area that will benefit the environment. After we have located the perfect spot, we begin by digging the trenches and connecting the components.
The cost of your septic tank installation is dependent upon the material chosen, location, size, complexity of install, amount of excavation required and permits. PVC is the most expensive option and concrete is the least expensive. If you are located in an area with soft soil, more effort is required to shore up the subgrade to prevent sinking and malfunction. In certain cases, in an effort to avoid dangerous utility lines, we have to install the tank further than we’d like from the house. In these instances, more excavation is required. Larger tanks will obviously require more digging. Contact us for a detailed price list.