Steps For Installing A New Septic Tank

If your old septic tank is in constant need of repair, it is time for a replacement. Replacing a septic tank is an involved process; the steps that a septic tank contractor will take in order to install a new system for your home are detailed below. It can be helpful to understand the steps of installing a septic tank so you can have intelligent conversations with your septic tank installer.

Design & Map Out Septic System

The first thing that will happen is you will work with your septic tank contractor to map out and determine where the new septic tank will go. Don't assume it will go where the old one went; that may not be the best location for a septic tank. Factors such as the terrain and soil composition will be taken into account, as well as the location of any wells on your property or on nearby property. Additionally, the size of the septic tank that you need to install will also impact where it can go.

Apply for Permits

Once you have the design and plan for your septic system mapped out, it is time to apply for permits. Your septic tank contractor will work with you to fill out the appropriate paperwork in order to apply for a permit to install the septic tank. This paperwork will have to go through your city, county, or township. In most states, you need a building permit in order to install a new septic tank.

Dig Out & Remove Old Tank

When the plans are approved, the first thing that needs to happen is the removal of your old septic tank. It will have to be dug out and removed from your property. All the pipes that connect to your septic tank system will also have to be removed, and depending on the plan for your new septic tank, the drainage field may also need to be dug up.

Excavate for New Tank

Next, the excavation will proceed for your new tank. A hole will need to be dug for your new septic tank as well as for all the pipes that connect your septic tank to the house and to the drainage field. If a new drainage field needs to be put in place, that will have to be dug up and crated as well.

Install Tank & Pipes

When everything is in place, the tank will be lowered into the hole and then all the plumbing and pipes will be installed and set up. Once everything is in place, gravel will be placed around the septic tank and the pipes, and then the system will be filled in and buried.

A complete plan will allow for the planting of grass or the laying of gravel on top of the septic tank and drainage area.

Installing a septic tank is an involved process that a septic tank installer, such as Mr Bob, can help you with.