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Planning Your Septic System Installation

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Setting up the septic system for a new home construction project is one of the most important steps in the process. Getting it right will ensure proper flow of wastewater and reliable drainage from your home, while getting it wrong will ensure there is no end to your headaches. Once you know what to look for from a system and what makes a favorable location for installing one, you'll have a firm point from which to start.

How Big is Big Enough?

Building your own home gives you a lot of control over the specific details of the products being used to complete it. However, there are some requirements you need to be aware of when installing your septic system, specifically when it comes to size. For instance, Pennsylvania requires that any house with three or fewer bedrooms is required to have at least a 900 gallon tank.

The best guideline to use is to base your decision on the number of people you plan to have living in your home on a permanent basis. Based on the number of occupants you can choose a tank of appropriate size so that you're not pumping it every 6 to 12 months. For example, if you're building a home for 4 people and choose a 900 gallon tank, you'll need to have it pumped roughly once every 27 months. Choose a larger tank if you'd like to reduce the frequency, or a smaller one if you can live with more regular visits from your septic contractor.

Proper Placement is a Priority

More than size, the location of your septic tank on the property is one of the most important determinations you'll make when installing it. You'll need to already have identified locations for the main house, secondary structures and any other outbuildings before the septic tank goes in. Considering its contents, you'll want the tank and its drainage field to be close enough that wastewater won't have a chance to back up into the house, but far enough away that any off-gassing won't reach you inside.

When deciding on a location for your septic system, avoid low lying areas that might flood easily. It's also important to keep the system away from overgrown parts of your property, or places where tree roots are likely to progress in the near future. It's also a good idea to keep it away from surface water, such as creeks, streams, ponds or rivers, which might be affected by runoff from the drainage field.

There's a lot to consider when building your own home, and the septic system is a crucial part of the planning process. Not only will it have a major impact on how construction proceeds, but it will have an even greater effect on your long-term enjoyment of the property as a whole. Visit Lanik Enterprises INC. for more information about septic system installation.