When it comes to installing a new septic system on your property, there are numerous ways you can prepare for the process. You are going to need to choose a location for your septic tank and drainage field. You will also want to prepare your home by installing plumbing fixtures that reduce your water usage.
Choosing A Location
When choosing a location for your septic tank, you will want to consider a few factors. Ideally, you are going to want to place your septic downhill from your home. That way, gravity will help move the wastewater from your home to your septic tank.
You will want your drainage field to be below your septic tank in elevation. If you can't place your septic tank below your home and allow gravity to carry the wastewater, you will have to install a different type of septic system that utilizes a pump to move the wastewater.
When choosing your location for your septic tank, you also need to take licensing into consideration. There may also be rules based on where you live concerning how far from your home to the septic tank needs to be and how far from the septic tank's property line needs to be. Generally, you also need to keep your septic tank away from water sources such as a nearby stream, river, or pond.
Upgrading Your Plumbing
When you install a septic tank, you want to provide your tank with the optimal conditions for the best performance. One of the best ways to ensure your septic tank performs optimally is by limiting the amount of wastewater that is sent to your septic tank.
This can be achieved by installing aerators in your sinks to limit the amount of water that is used when you turn on the faucet. You can also install low flow showerheads that will allow you to enjoy high water pressure while using less water.
You should swap out your toilets for low flow toilets that use less water per flush. You can also upgrade to appliances such as a dishwasher and washing machine that are designed to use less water. Making these plumbing upgrades at the same time you install your septic tank will ensure that you don't ever overload your septic tank with too much wastewater at the same time.
Prepare the Drainage Field
Your septic system has a drainage field. The drainage field is where the water goes after it leaves the septic tank. The water in the drainage fields is filtered through the ground and back into the groundwater. The area where the drainage field is located needs to be properly prepared.
You need to make sure that excess natural water doesn't drain into the drainage field area. That can be achieved by directing the water from here downspouts away from your drainage field and by having adequate drainage set up around your property.
You are also going to want to make sure there aren't big trees near your drainage field whose roots might interfere with the system. in general, the area you choose for your drainage field should be an area that doesn't get a lot of traffic, so the soil doesn't become too compacted.
When it comes to installing a new septic system, you need to choose a location for the septic tank and drainage field. You need to make sure the location you choose meets all requirements based on building rules in your area. You should also upgrade your plumbing to limit the amount of wastewater your home produces. Talk with a septic system installation team to learn more about the choices you need to make and how you need to prepare your home for a new subject tank.