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Understanding The Basics of Septic Tank Installation

Septic tanks are designed to remove the problems of sewer back-ups, sewage sludge accumulation, and sewer backups in public areas. Septic tanks are able to treat, dispose of, and protect sewage efficiently while keeping the surrounding community safe. However, there are some disadvantages that owners need to be aware of and prepared for. These include the possibility of harmful chemicals or fumes leaking from septic tanks into water supplies. To avoid these hazards, wastewater treatment customers must be aware of the importance of proper septic tank excavating best practices.

Back-ups are the most common problem with a nonfunctional septic tank. Back-ups can lead to sewage back up in a septic system. This requires maintenance. A Leach field is a place where liquids settle and solids remain at the bottom of a standard septic tank. This Leach field contains small amounts of corrosive materials, which can cause damage to fixtures such as sprinkler systems if they are not removed prior to excavation for a new tank.

Owners are encouraged to inspect the area around their current system in order to determine if there has been any sediment buildup and to identify the type of septic tanks that they have. This soil should be removed to a depth of about one foot if the existing system is gravity-fed. Excavated soil should be at least 4 feet below the surface, and a minimum of 6 to 12 feet depending on the size of the home. Also, the excavated area must be relatively level so water can percolate into it.

Both liquid and wastewater should be transported in carts that fit inside the excavated area. Because wastewater treatment levels are higher at the footer, carting should be done approximately one foot below ground level. The homeowner can also ensure that no solid materials, such as concrete, clay, or rocks, are introduced to the sewage by carting. Septic tanks can be transported in carts which makes them easier to transport and less likely to leak.

A plumber is required to install the new toilet tank after soil preparation. You can use heavy equipment, or hand trucks and compactors to complete this process. Heavy equipment is preferred to avoid digging problems, but homeowners might prefer compactors. Both methods require professional approval and certification, but in most cases this is free.

After the tank is dug, plumbing and drainage connections must be installed. These connections can be made with heavy equipment if the tank is being installed. If there is an existing sewer line, homeowners may use their own heavy equipment. The pipes will need to be dug with a shovel and depth finder. A trench must be dug around a septic tank in order to lay the drain field.

This post was written by Tanner Brown. Tanner is the Owner and operator of Greenbar Excavation. Greenbar Excavation is a fully licensed, insured, and accredited Excavation company based in Prineville, Oregon. Greenbar Excavation is one of the top Septic System Installation companies in Central Oregon. Don’t look further, go with the company with your best interest in mind!

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