Living in a rural area brings a number of benefits, such as a quiet lifestyle and being surrounded by more natural landscaping. However, when you own a home in a rural location, you need to add your own septic system as city sewer lines are not available. Here are some instructions and recommendations to help you plan for and install your yard's septic system.
Check the Soil and Landscaping
Before you can install a septic system on your property, you need to have the soil tested for sufficient drainage. The soil's drainage conditions need to allow for the wastewater to seep into the surrounding soil, and if the soil does not contain enough sand and gravel to promote drainage, you will not be able to install a septic system on the site. The test professional will take dig samples from several holes through the proposed drain field to check the soil condition and make a determination.
The landscaping you plan to place over your septic system also needs to be within some guidelines to protect your septic system. You don't want to plan for any trees or large vegetation on the soil above your system, as it can cause root damage to the tank and drain lines. Also, don't install any pavement materials, such as concrete, gravel, or asphalt, which will put too much weight on the tank and lines.
Choose a Good Location
The location of your septic tank needs to be within an area where it is not near any rivers, streams, lakes, or other natural water areas. If you install your septic system too close to this type of natural waterway, it can contaminate the water supply via the runoff or water table and cause health issues to those using the water.
You also want to pick a spot in your yard where the tank will be positioned close to your home so the drain line is not extensively long to prevent clogs and lines problems later on. Choose a spot in your yard next to your home that is accessible for the septic professional's tank trunk when it is time to service your tank. Your septic professional will need to gain access to your tank and reach the pumper hose into your septic tank easily. However, you can request an extended pumping length of hose, which your septic professional can arrange prior to the service appointment. This will reach further to get your tank pumped, even though it is not close to a driveway or parking spot.
If you're making plans for your septic tank install, talk to a septic tank installation service first. They'll be able to contribute a lot to your process.