SEPTIC INSTALLATION & REPAIR/REPLACEMENT
If you’re in need of a new septic system, the process can feel a bit overwhelming. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at our helpful guide below "Septic Installation & Repair: What To Expect"
Ready for an Estimate? We will need to review any information you’ve received from the health department, as well as the septic design, and any site plans in order to provide an accurate estimate. Please email these documents to email@example.com. You will receive a confirmation reply letting you know we’ve received your information. Once your estimate is ready, we will email it over to you, along with our scheduling availability.
Septic Installation & Repair: What To Expect
A septic system is a vital component of a property's wastewater management infrastructure. If you're building a new home or need to replace an aging septic system, it's crucial to understand the process involved in installing a new septic system upfront so there are no surprises down the line. Unfortunately, folks are often disappointed to learn that there are several steps that need to take place before an estimate (or even price range) is able to be provided. This overview will walk you through the key stages of septic system installation/repair process so you know what to expect.
Step 1: Initial Assessment and Permits
The first step is to contact your local Health Department. They will work with you to determine if an onsite visit with an environmental health inspector is necessary and outline your specific next steps. Since every property, repair, and installation is different, soil tests will often be needed. These tests are performed by a private Soil Scientist of your choosing (and cost) will determine the septic system specifications (type & size), as well as any local regulations and environmental factors. To obtain a repair or new installation permit, an in-person visit to the Health Department’s Environmental Division will be needed.
Step 2: Design & Engineering
Based on the assessment results for the property, an Engineer will then design a system that meets the property's specific needs. This includes determining the tank size, drain field layout, and any additional components required. The design should adhere to local building codes and environmental regulations.
Step 3: Gather Estimates
Once the system has been designed, an estimate for installation or repair is now able to be prepared. To request an estimate from us, please email your site plans, design, and any additional information provided by the health department to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a confirmation reply letting you know we’ve received your information. Once your estimate is ready, we will email it over to you, along with our scheduling availability.
Step 4: Installation/Repair
Once you have selected an IOWPA Certified Septic Installer to install or replace the septic system, the installer will clear the area of any obstructions, such as trees or large rocks, and mark out the designated locations for the septic tank, drain field, and other components. Excavation equipment will be used to dig the necessary trenches and holes.
The septic tank itself is a crucial part of the system where wastewater from the property is initially collected and treated. This part of the system will need to be pumped out by a Septic Pumping Specialist every 1-3 years, depending on usage. The drain field, also known as the leach field or absorption area, is responsible for the final treatment and dispersal of wastewater. It consists of a series of perforated pipes buried in trenches filled with gravel or sand.
With the septic tank and drain field in place, it's time to connect the plumbing and electrical components. This involves linking the property's wastewater pipes to the septic tank's inlet pipe and installing a distribution box or septic pump, if necessary.
Once all the components are installed and connected, the Installer will backfill the trenches and holes with the excavated soil. It is important to compact the soil in layers to avoid settling issues, and ensure proper grading to facilitate drainage and prevent water pooling.
Step 5: Final Inspection & Testing
If not already completed by the Septic Installer, contact your local health department or relevant regulatory authority to schedule a final inspection. A qualified inspector will assess the installation for compliance with codes and regulations. They will also conduct tests, such as a percolation test or dye test, to verify the system's functionality and identify any potential issues. Address any concerns or required modifications before final approval is granted.