Whether you are moving to a new home or living on a property with an old septic system, there comes a time when you may need a new septic tank installation. Septic systems can last for decades when they are properly installed and maintained. The lifespan of a septic system may vary depending on the materials that make up the system as well as any potential damage due to flooding, clogging, or too much pressure from aboveground. Scheduling regular septic tank repair will help extend the lifespan of your septic system so you can get the most out of it.
When the time comes for a new septic tank, you will either be replacing an old septic tank or installing an entirely new system on your property. As a homeowner, there are things you can do to prepare for a new septic tank installation. This is a very necessary and expensive commitment and you want to make sure you find a company you can trust for septic tank installation as well as maintenance and septic tank repair well into the future. Here are steps you can take to plan and prepare for a new septic tank:
What to Expect with a New Septic Tank Installation
Removal of the Old Septic System
If you are replacing the old septic system with a new one then the first thing that needs to get scheduled is the removal. In most cases, there is already a septic tank on the premises that needs to be removed. You will want to call in the experts that render septic tank services to safely and effectively remove the old system without doing any damage to your home or property.
Requesting the Necessary Permits
Avoid costly and frustrating delays by requesting the necessary permits ahead of time. Our team of professionals at Septic Masters, LLC, have extensive knowledge of local and state requirements and can help explain how these restrictions and requirements work, as well as assist with requesting the appropriate permits for the new installation.
Scheduling a Percolation Test
A soil test called a percolation test is required to test the ground and soil where the new septic tank will be installed. This helps to determine the soil quality and whether it is suitable for a septic system, including the underground placement of the septic tank and drain field. The percolation test measures how well existing soil on your property can filter wastewater from your home.
Clearing the Area Above Ground
It helps to have a general understanding of where the septic tank and drain field will be located underground on the property. You can clear the area above ground so that any debris, furniture, or other outdoor objects will not be in the way when the technicians arrive for the installation. Understanding where things are located will also help you be cautious to not drive over the area or plant any trees and shrubs with deep root systems that can disrupt the underground pipes.
Stocking Up on Drinking Water
When the new septic system is installed, the technicians will need to temporarily turn off the water to the home. Stock up on drinking water so that you and your family will have plenty of water to use for drinking as well as cleaning and cooking. You might be surprised how much water you use until you don’t have easy access to it for a short time period!
Arranging Alternate Toilet and Shower Options
When the water is turned off to the home, that means you won’t be able to use toilets or showers either. Make alternate arrangements for where you and your family might spend time and take care of necessities off-site. You may want to coordinate with neighbors or nearby family and friends so you have a place to take care of business.
How to Take Great Care of a New Septic Tank
Once your brand-new septic tank is installed, you will want to do all you can to take the best care of it and support a long and healthy lifespan. The team at Septic Masters, LLC, can talk with you about best practices for your septic system as well as recommendations for when to schedule regular septic tank pumping and maintenance every few years so that you can avoid as many emergency septic tank repairs as possible over the next few decades. Learn more about how Septic Masters, LLC, can help you through the installation process and offer continued maintenance and support for years to come.