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Where Should You Locate A Residential Sewer Tank?

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A septic tank is your next best option if a municipal sewer line does not serve your area. One priority when planning a septic tank installation is deciding where to place it. Because it holds wastewater and effluent, a septic tank is a health hazard if not handled well. It is the reason municipal authorities also take an interest in where you place your septic tank. How do you go about choosing a spot for a septic tank installation? 

Consult the Local Regulations 

Most states require that a septic tank be buried at a minimum depth for safety and sanitation. There is paperwork to be filed, but the septic service you hire can help you file the paperwork. This process is very crucial because it helps you know if there are utility lines running at the spot you choose. You should avoid TV, electricity, phone and internet cables to keep away from danger and financial suits.

Assess the Terrain

You need to install a septic tank at a spot where it is not in danger from flooding or seepage. A minor consideration would be the absence of obstructions like tree stumps. They make preparing the site for septic tank installation harder. Fortunately, you can overcome this hurdle using heavy equipment. It brings up another minor consideration of a clear pathway for the heavy equipment you will use in the work. A septic tank should be in a spot where it will not shift when the effluent is discharged into the drainfield. The ideal soil should drain well; not too slow or too fast. The best soil type is sandy and firm.  

Assess Proximity to the House

Most local authorities require a septic tank to be at a set minimum distance from the house. One mistake people make is placing the septic too close to the house when digging the foundation of a new house. It makes work easier but you are likely flouting local authority rules, which will cost you when they do inspections. There are also restrictions on proximity to groundwater wells. Most building regulations require a septic tank must be at a set minimum distance from a groundwater well. These regulations will also apply to proximity with your neighbor's house and water wells. 

Do you need help choosing a spot for septic tank installation? It is advisable to engage septic services to carry out the project and get the best results. For more information, contact a residential septic tank installation company.