What to Expect with A Septic Tank Installation

Are you converting to a septic system or replacing one for the first time? Then you likely have quite a few initial questions about how the process works. However, every home is different. So the exact schedule and steps that your contractor follows may vary. Factors consist of the size of your home, your local restrictions, and other variables for septic tank installation.

However, there is a general process and series of steps that most contractors follow.

Are you curious as to what to expect when a new septic system is put in? Here’s an overview of how the process generally works.


Removal and Excavation

This first step only applies if you are replacing a concrete septic tank. It entails removing the old one from its site with special, heavy equipment.

But regardless of whether you are replacing an old system or starting fresh, your contractor will nevertheless need to do some excavation in your yard. This will make room for the new tank, and possibly the new drainage field. The process doesn’t take terribly long once the equipment gets going. Therefore, you can expect it to take a few days at the very most.


Installing Plumbing and Drainage

When you are installing a new septic tank, your contractor will use a number of specialized connecting pipes to properly transport your wastewater. They go from the home to the tank, and eventually to the drainage field.

As such, a significant part of the initial installation process entails setting up and connecting these plumbing fixtures which will eventually do the heavy lifting. These plumbing and drain pipes vary, based on the size and type of tank. And once the installation is fully complete, your contractor should check all connections to ensure everything is secure.


Installing the Septic Tank

Installing the septic tank itself can either be an easy or laborious process. And a lot of this depends on the type of tank you are going to use.

For example, modern poly tanks, (like the new line offered by Rotoplas), are durable and lightweight. The contractor doesn’t even have to acquire special equipment to both move the tank to the site, and lower it into the earth. Whereas concrete tanks tend to take a lot more effort and equipment to ensure they get into the ground without cracks or damage.

Do you want to reduce costs and time during this phase of installation? You’ll want to opt for a more contemporary Rotoplas poly tank.

These tanks are easy to transport while still providing years of service. Hence they are a good option for budget-conscious homeowners who want to streamline the installation process as much as possible.


Filling and Review

Once your tank is set in its new location, your contractor will fill in the “hole” that was needed for installation with earth and gravel. Gravel is also vital if a new drainage field has been installed as well.

Once this is complete, your contractor will then give your septic system one final review to ensure everything is set up and working properly. This final examination is essential. It allows your contractor to catch any small items that may have been missed during all the activity of excavation and installation. And this will ensure you start using your septic system correctly as soon as it’s ready to go.


Recovering Your Yard After Septic Installation

One aspect of the installation process that leaves some homeowners surprised is the amount of the yard that needs to be excavated or altered. This chunk of yard will make room for the septic tank, drainage field, plumbing, and other components of the new septic system.

But if you’re concerned that a good chunk of your yard looks like an eyesore at the immediate end of the process, don’t worry – it won’t last for long!

Homeowners can speed up the process by planting grass seed and other landscaping once the process is complete, to bring the area back to its vibrant green natural state once again. Generally, it only takes a few weeks at the most for regrowth to occur. And in a few months, you may forget that your new drainage field and septic system are even there.


The installation process can be a noisy and intimidating project for homeowners, but the end results of an efficient and environmentally friendly septic system are well worth the effort. And by making a few smart moves, like using a lightweight poly tank, homeowners can make the process much easier from start to finish.


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