Troubleshooting Your Septic System

3 Crucial Considerations to Make Before Installing a Septic System

Are you thinking about building a get-away home outside the city? Have you been making plans regarding exactly what will be going into your dream home? One of the last things that a lot of people think about, yet that is extremely important to your home, is what's going to happen to your wastewater. Washing dishes, washing your clothes, and using the toilet are all things that generate wastewater. When you're too far away to hook up to the nearest city's sewer system, you're going to need a septic system. If you've never had one before, here are some of the things that you're going to need to consider:


If you're too far away for a sewer hookup, you may also be too far away to get your fresh water piped in. Which means that you're going to have to rely on well-water for everything. What you may not realize about septic tanks is that they don't hold all of the waste that enters; they only hold the solids. The rest is allowed to flow out of the tank and into the ground. If the septic installation goes in too close to your well, not only can you and your family get sick but this is something that may be illegal according to local building codes. A good rule of thumb is that the well goes in on one side of the house and the septic tank on the other but you'll need to consult with professionals for exact positioning.


Septic tanks aren't a standard size. They can be relatively small or they can be large monstrosities. The larger ones, obviously, are going to cost more to install than the smaller ones but the extra expense can pay off in the long run. If your septic installation uses a small tank but you have a large family and use the home every day, it's going to feel like you're needing to have the tank pumped out weekly. On the other hand, with a very large tank and a small family or with a home that is only used on weekends, you can go many years between needing your septic tank pumped out.

Soil Quality

In areas where it's common to have a septic installation, it's common to require certain properties out of the soil before you're allowed to put a tank in there. Even if these aren't required, it's a good idea to follow these recommendations anyway. Rather than being an unnecessary expense being pedaled by the installation company, they will help ensure that your tank won't sink into the ground and/or that your property won't be swimming with sewage when the water can't flow away quickly enough and starts to flow towards the surface instead of into the ground.

For more information about your options, contact local septic installation services.