3 Things To Take Into Consideration When Deciding Where To Install Your Septic Tank

If you are in the process of building a new home, and you are going to need to install a septic system on your property, you need to think carefully about where you want to place your septic tank. There are certain things that you can and cannot do when you install a septic tank, and you need to take these things into consideration when considering where you want your septic tank to be located.

#1 Parking

The first thing that you need to take into consideration is where you want to be able to drive and park on your property. Ideally, your septic tank should be located far away from where you want to drive and park on your property. The pressure from vehicles can greatly compact the ground underneath them. Over time, this can lead to the soil getting compressed and putting additional pressure on your septic tank and septic field. This build up of pressure and compression of soil can crush the pipes in your septic system, resulting in expensive repairs and eventual failure of your septic system. 

Figure out where you want your driveway and where you will want to park not only your vehicles, but your gardening equipment, such as a riding lawn mower and any toys that you may have like a boat, jet skis or a motorhome. You need to make sure that your septic tank location doesn't interfere with the parking area for any of these items.

#2 Landscaping

The second thing that you need to do is take into consideration what type of landscaping that you want to implement around your home. Septic tanks are a great source of water for plants with deep roots, such as trees, which is why you want your septic system to be located far away from any trees and large bushes that you want to install in your home. Roots from plants with deep root systems can easily sneak their way into the pipes that make up your septic system, and result in the pipes sustaining damage or cracking due to the roots trying to seek out a solid source of moisture. 

Think carefully about how you want to landscape your home now and in the future, and plan a space for your septic tank that is far away from where you want to do extensive landscaping. Choose an area that is more open where you would be satisfied with just planting grass or flowers with shallow root systems.

#3 Water Flow

Finally, make sure that you understand how water will flow on your property. You don't want to put your septic tank in an area that is too low-lying and is prone to flooding. If the area where your septic tank is located gets flooded all the time, it could result in your septic tank flooding as well. You don't want to put your septic tank somewhere where it will be inundated with too much water. 

Before choosing where to place your septic tank on your new property, be sure to think through where you want to locate your driveway and parking, how you want to landscape, and how water flows on your property.  talk to a professional like Gotta Go Green.

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Handling Your Septic System

A septic system can be a real challenge if you haven't used one before. My name is Amy, and I have some experience with going from a city sewer system to using a septic tank. When you are used to a sewer system, a septic tank can be overwhelming. There are different guidelines for what can be flushed and poured down the drain. There is professional maintenance to consider, and even some of your water usage habits may need to be addressed. This blog will tell you all you need to know about your septic system and how you can use it in a way that is the most beneficial to your family.