Septic tank installations are rarely easy, which means you either need a sound knowledge of the placement process or a professional who does. Prior to placing your tank, you need to prepare the site and make sure it meets all of your property's requirements. From clearing the area to confirming dimensions, you should take each step carefully to ensure success.
Can your site accommodate the septic tank's size?
Figuring out the dimensions of your site is especially important if you're doing the septic tank installation yourself. If you have a tank in mind, review the provider's manual and consider the pipes that'll surround it during this process. In addition to the width and length of your tank, you need to determine whether you can excavate deep enough to place it. Finally, make sure there is enough space for the machines you'll need to install the tank and plan how they can access your property.
Clear the space where you'll install the septic tank
The machines an installer uses to place the tank are large and heavy. Therefore, you need to ensure the ground is sturdy enough to accommodate them and that the surrounding area won't encounter damage. Consider the buildings nearby, as well as any wires or overhanging structures.
In addition to this, you'll need to clear away the following:
- Any large piles of dirt, rubbish, or debris
- Loose branches
- Underground utilities the installation process may disrupt
If someone else is installing the tank for you, they'll need as much information about your property and the surrounding area to make the process safe and successful.
Checks to perform before installing the tank
Whether you're installing the tank yourself or someone else is doing it for you, you need to perform a visual check to ensure it's free of cracks and damage. If possible, take photos with your phone of anything you're unsure of, as you'll need this for insurance purposes should you face problems further down the line. You also need to check the tank against any order documents you have. Finally, make sure surrounding sewage pipes meet local requirements before the tank is in place, as you'll have to remove it if the placement doesn't conform with regulations.
If you come across any problems during the installation process, halt it and consult with those who are helping you to smooth them out. When you do this earlier rather than later, you avoid lengthy repairs and unnecessary reinstallations.