Building a home can be more complicated in more remote areas. In some cities, even properties on the outskirts of town may not have access to city waterlines or sewage. This means the property owner will have to drill a well and get a septic tank installed. When it comes to getting a septic system installed, there may be a few things you will need to do to prepare before proceeding.
Get City Approval for Your Septic
Depending on where you live, you may need to get permission from the city you live in to have a septic system installed. In some areas, you may have to get a permit from the state and the city you live in to have a septic system. Your permit may have to be renewed, as well. In order to avoid fines or other legal issues, you will want to make sure your permit is up to date at all times. In some areas, there may be specific maintenance required in order to keep your permit current. Some of the legal requirements your area requires may be due to septic problems other homeowners have had, so it's important to keep up on the requirements for your specific area in order to keep your property safe from septic issues.
Find the Right Placement Spot
One of the most common issues homeowners will have with septic systems are issues that stem from placement. You will want a spot that will allow for your system to be easily accessed in relation to where your home is, as well as a spot that will allow drainage to move away from your home in case your septic system ever leaks or gets clogged. The last thing you will want is for your system to leak into your home. Working with your builder and an engineer to find the best spot on your property to place the septic tank before building begins is wise. People who install a septic tank after building a home without planning the septic placement first may put the system in a bad location.
Secure Maintenance Services for Ongoing Needs
Aside from permits and placement, it's important to make sure you make arrangements for septic cleaning, maintenance, and draining as needed. The amount of service you need will depend on the size of your tank and how many people will be in your household. You'll want to get an estimate of all these services so you'll have an idea of monthly and yearly costs. This will ensure you have service for your tank immediately upon moving in. The service company may have to come to your home to evaluate the tank and the spot before putting you on a plan, so it's good to do that well in advance of moving in.
Properly planning your septic needs prior to building will ensure you don't encounter the pitfalls many people do with their septic systems. Proper planning with permits, placement, and service will keep your system and your property in good condition.
To learn more, contact a resource like Honest John's Septic Service Inc.