Those who live far from the sewage system almost in all cases require a septic tank. After all, the waste has to go somewhere! Setting it up can be a bit intimidating, since it seems like a complex system that you need to work well. But nothing can be further from the truth. Whether you choose to do it yourself or call on a professional, setting up a septic tank is actually easier than you think. Here’s what needs to get done.
Go to your city hall and learn the regulations about your tank; things like how far away from the house it has to be, how far from your neighbour’s property or what material it’s made from. This will vary depending on how many people are in the home, so be sure to tell them this information immediately. There’ll also be regulations concerning the size of the field. These depend on the size of your tank. Ask these questions and be sure to get all other necessary information. After this, you’ll get your permit.
Once this is all done, display your permit publicly. You might need a surveyor to measure where your tank should go. Otherwise, you can do it yourself. But once all the necessary steps have taken place, you can begin digging. Digging a massive hole is hard work, and it’s potentially hazardous. You’ll need either a backhoe, a professional, or an iron will! But in all seriousness, there could be wires underneath so be very careful.
Once the hole is dug it’s time to drop in the tank. If it’s plastic, you and some helpers can do it yourselves. If it’s concrete, have the supplier do the work. They’ll have a small crane on the truck equipped for this task. Make sure it’s level and flat at the bottom of the hole.
Next, it’s time to connect the tank to the house’s plumbing. Plan in advance how many straight pipes and elbows you’ll need. Have them angled slightly downhill towards the tank. In fact, some municipalities have requirements concerning the steepness of the pipes. Be sure to check the plumbing is connected properly by flushing the toilet once or twice. If there is a leak it’s easier to fix now, and obviously the tank is useless if the waste never reaches it. It’ll also pollute the surrounding grounds. Once this is done it’s likely another inspection is required.
Once you’ve passed this, it’s time to fill in the material around the tank. By now you’ve been told what this is and you’ve got it prepared and ready to go. But be careful not to damage any pipes in the field during this stage; some pipes have little holes where septic material is designed to flow through, and you don’t want to clog these. Carefully pack the dirt against the side of the tank to prevent moving. Also, all tanks have an access hole on top, and it’s crucial you don’t fill this with soil. It’ll be used later for maintenance or for water.
The final stage is filling the tank with water. The manufacturer will provide guidelines for how much is required. Too much can burst the tank. Finally, close the tank’s hatch and put some grass seed over all the dirt. All done! Was that really so bad?
By: Adriana Noton
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