Tips to Help You Plan for and Take Care of Your Home Septic System

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A septic system on your property provides you with access to have indoor plumbing and effective wastewater treatment on your property without having access and a connection to city sewer services. Because not all properties are within city limits and planned underground sewer lines, you should ensure your home's septic system is installed properly and taken care of to keep it running well and properly for many years. Here are some recommendations for you to consider as you plan for the installation and maintain your new septic system.

1. Select the System's Location

The first task for you to handle is choosing the system's placement in your yard. You can plan to bury the tank pretty closely to your home, but make sure the soil around it can be backfilled around the tank so it does not shift and settle in the soil. Your septic professional can help you with the tank placement and to check the soil in the area. 

Also, make sure the tank is placed at least eight feet below the surface of the soil, but with its access hatch at the surface of the soil for regular servicing. Then, you can look for a drain field location in your yard where wastewater can drain from the tank and into the surrounding soil. Look for sandy well-draining soil in this site as well to ensure the wastewater can seep into the soil naturally. Don't select a location that is lower than the surrounding soil, which can cause rainfall to oversaturate the site and cause backups in your drainfield.

2. Hire Regular Servicing

Arrange to have your septic system cleaned out through a pumping service every few years. This timing depends on the size of your tank and the amount of wastewater your household creates. And also if you plan to allow an RV to park on your property and connect to your septic system, this can put added waste into the system and you need to plan for this usage. Be sure you calculate your septic needs with your installation profession to make sure you get the right-sized tank.

In planning for your regular septic tank pumping, be sure the septic service professional has access to the site on your property where the tank's access hatch is located. They may need to drive their service truck up to the site's location, so don't build any structures or fences that will be in the way of your tank's servicing. For more information, contact services like LP Murray.