If you are considering installing a septic system, this article is for you. In this blog post we’ve highlighted the legal, financial, and environmental risks associated with incorrect septic system installation.
Legal Risks You May Encounter With Septic System Installation
Rules and regulations regarding septic systems are usually set by local governing bodies. Most municipalities have requirements that affect positioning of the tank. Depending on the area you live in, you may even need to submit plans to the local governing body and get it approved before any work begins. If you fail to do this, you could find yourself having to tear out the tanks and pay hefty fines.
Don’t forget to get in touch with the utility companies beforehand: phone, gas, cable, electric, and water. If you dig and damage utilities without notifying the utility company involved, you may be responsible for the cost of all repairs plus other potential liabilities. Hiring a company to install a septic system relieves you of these responsibilities. Just be sure to hire a reputable company.
Using the Wrong Material in your Septic System Can Lead to Frequent Replacement
Concrete septic tanks are generally not recommended, especially if they are affected by high groundwater. Additionally, saturated soils erode concrete, which may force replacement. Steel septic tanks should also be avoided because they tend to rust and collapse.
The best value today is with plastic septic tanks. They are durable, unaffected by high groundwater, and easily portable. And they cost less.
Incorrect Septic System Installation Contaminates the Environment
The installation of a septic system should not lead to contamination of ponds, waterways or streams. The septic system area has to be completely fit for the intended purpose. The septic tank system, in turn, must be structurally sound.
Remember that contact with effluent is a serious health risk. Numerous diseases can be caught from contact with sewage. Contamination from an improperly installed or poorly maintained system can be carried to the water table or can erupt at the surface. Surfacing wastewater will expose your family to pathogens via direct contact, insects, and even family pets.
To avoid unexpected problems, entrust septic system installation to a team of professionals who can test the soils, recommend proper materials, and provide their advice on legal questions regarding the installation. A septic installation company will perform the job welland in a timely manner. Furthermore, the company that installs your septic system can sometimes provide more thorough maintenance services given their knowledge of your system and environment.
Avoid legal, financial, and environmental risks associated with faulty septic system installation. How? Do your homework before any work begins. And once your new system is installed, don’t forget about annual septic system checkups to ensure your system is running smoothly. You’ll catch issues before they become costly ensure the best longevity from your new septic system.