The septic system is an aspect of your home or business that you want to make sure is installed properly and functioning well, 100% of the time. And you don’t want to have to keep on messing with it once it’s been installed or fixed.
If you’re experiencing an issue with your septic system and have no idea what’s going on, we can come out and inspect it. We’re also well-versed in septic and drainfield repair, as well as new septic system and drainfield installations.
Drainfield & Septic Repair/Replacement
Common issues that may arise when there are problems with a drainfield and/or septic system include untreated sewage backing up into the home through the plumbing system, or coming out on top of the ground.
A blockage in just one area of the system can cause an entire system failure. These blockages are common and can happen for a variety of reasons.
We can identify what’s gone wrong, and address the issue swiftly and efficiently (the trauma that you experience from the backup may take a little longer to go away though).
Some quick tips to keep your system running smoothly include:
- Create family rules around usage, including keeping materials out (such as chemicals, applicators, sanitary napkins, etc.) and not putting too much water in (50 gallons per day per person is average).
- Don’t pour oil or grease down your sink drains.
- Lower the use of your garbage disposal.
- Maintain plant/vegetative cover over the drainfield.
- Keep cars and other heavy equipment off the system.
- Make access easier by installing a watertight riser over the tank.
- Make a diagram that outlines the drainfield, tank, and repair area. This will move things along faster if you do need a repair (and usually time is of the essence at that point).
- Have the solids pumped out of the septic tank periodically, as well as the effluent filter cleaned.
If you’re experiencing septic tank or drainfield problems, reach out to us for help and we’ll be happy to address your concerns with kind expertise.
New Drainfield & Septic Installation
If you’re building a new home, you know the value in getting something installed or built correctly, the first time. This is especially applicable to your septic tank and drainfield.
The kind and size of system necessary for your location will vary depending on a few factors, including soil type, land area, and the size of the home/family.
Another important aspect of new installations is getting the permitting right.
A Septic System I.P. (Improvement Permit) will need to be obtained, which allows the site to be used. You’ll need this in order to get your local health department’s approval.
An approved Construction Authorization (C.A.) will also be necessary, which determines the kind of system that will be used.
A great resource for new builders is The Cooperative Extension publication AG-439-12, Investigate Before You Invest. This goes over a lot of information, including soil types and septic systems.
We’re happy to help you determine the type and size of system you’ll need, as well as get all the necessary permits and approvals. Contact us today to get your questions answered.