When it comes to installing a new septic tank, some homeowners only think about the role the plumber plays. While plumbing professionals are critical to this process, they also need the expertise of an excavation professional. If you plan to have a tank installed in the future, learn more about the role excavation professionals fill in this process.
The land study is a very important part of the installation process because, in essence, it determines whether or not you can even have a tank installed on your property. If there is an existing tank and you want to replace it, you might be able to skip this part of the process, but otherwise, it must be completed first.
During the process, the excavation team checks to ensure the site of installation is the appropriate distance from any of your neighbor's property lines as well as your home based on the local law. The team will also examine your property to ensure that the land around the leach field is equipped to properly filter the wastewater away.
If the excavation team determines that your land is safe for a septic tank installation, they will draft a plan for installation, which is something like a blueprint. This information must then be presented to your local permitting office, along with an application and any necessary fees to request a permit.
Provided all the information in the project plan and application is correct, the approval process should be painless. Keep in mind; the excavation team cannot legally break ground on the installation until the permit has been approved and received. So, you must request the permit as soon as possible to avoid delays.
Since a septic tank is installed under the ground, there is a great deal of digging that must take place during the process, and there is a lot of heavy equipment used during the process. As a result, it's a good idea to prep the area before the project begins.
For instance, if you have any lawn furniture or children's playsets in the area, even if they aren't located over the dig site, it's good to relocate them to give the team plenty of room to operate their equipment. It might also be a good idea to inform your neighbors of the project.
In the same manner that you researched a plumber for your tank installation needs, you should also do an equal amount of research on the excavation service you plan to partner with. The more confident you are in the team you work with — the better the process.