Are you buying property to build a home that will need a septic system? You may have questions about the process.
If you recently purchased property, or are thinking about buying land, the septic system installation is something to consider. Where do you go to find out if a septic system can be installed on the property you are buying? Where does the septic system get installed on the land? When does the septic system get installed during new construction?
Quick list for septic system installation process:
- Check local authorities
- Test soil, does land perc.
- Apply for septic permit
- Get quote from Allgood
A few things to consider when looking at property
Ideally, the septic system should be installed on level ground (and high ground if possible) to avoid flooding and seeping. It’s best to avoid areas that are full of trees – tree roots love septic tanks and field lines and try to stay away from steep slopes or other obstructions such as large rocky areas.
First step – check your local regulations.
Septic system regulations can vary depending on where you live. Contact your local authorities to find out what they require. They will ask for the property address and lot number.
In the state of Tennessee you can start by contacting the Tennessee Division of Water Resources or the appropriate Environmental Field Office. Some county records are now available online.
Next – Test the soil quality
The quality of the soil is important when determining where to install your septic tank. Remember the septic system takes all the wastewater from your house to the septic tank. Once in the tank the solid waste sinks to the bottom and the liquid flows out into the field lines (also called drain field). The drain field is like a giant filter, so the more absorbent the soil is the better. A perc test will tell you the quality of the soil. If the property has no test on record, you will need to work with a soil scientist to get the property perc tested. The state or county should have a list of licensed scientists.
Apply for Septic Permit
Once you have applied for a permit the authorities will come out, look over the property and tell you what type(s) of system can be installed and where to install the septic system. There may a primary area and a secondary area. The inspector will you provide detailed report of the requirements.
Contact a Licensed Septic System Installer
Now you can contact Allgood Sewer and Septic Tank Service and one of our experts will come out, look at your permit with the requirements and give you a quote for the septic installation.
Remember when choosing your contractor, make sure they are licensed by the state. There are a lot of quality contractors and companies to choose from – some only install septic systems and others only maintain existing. Contact Allgood – we handle the septic system installation and maintenance. We believe in establishing a relationship with our customers. Once installed you will be added into our Reminder Service. This service is free and you will receive a reminder when it’s time to maintain your septic system.