Deciding a location for a new septic tank for your Mohegan Lake, NY, property can be an arduous decision, hinging on a variety of local regulations, terrain and soil factors. Moreover, installing a new tank is generally expensive and involves excavation, which makes any mistakes ruinous in the long run. Fortunately, you can rely on Santucci Construction Corp. to assist you in this decision and ensure that your septic tank is correctly placed and installed.
Complying with local regulations
Septic system design and installation is strictly governed by government regulations. Not only do these regulations emphasize the design parameters, they are also checked to ensure that they comply with on-site visits. Depending on the type and size of the tank and system being installed, different criteria for parameters, such as the distance of the tank from the house, depth at which to install the tank and distance from the drain field, are strictly controlled. Moreover, septic system installation can’t just be done by any contractor, as it requires special licenses. The excavation process also requires permits as well. All these factors are crucial in determining the location of the septic tank. The complexity of the regulations, as well as the installation, can be a nightmare to navigate around, which makes an experienced septic system contractor an invaluable asset.
Finding a location that ensures a high level of performance of the system is also essential. An ideal location would be high, level ground that would minimize the chances of damage from flooding and seeping. For gravity fed systems, the location would generally have to downhill from the property. Moreover, any landscaping in the area has to be taken into account. The deep root system of trees can spell disaster for a septic system, should they penetrate the tank enclosure. Similarly, sources of drinking water, such as water wells, should be kept well away from any of the septic system’s components. Slopes should also be avoided as the chances of flooding and overflowing is higher, and the surface water runoff can damage the tank’s enclosure. Lastly, the area should be accessible to carry out inspections and maintenance.
The nature of the soil is a vital component for any septic system installation. It is especially critical for the drain field as it can determine the rate at which the effluent is assimilated into the soil. Similarly, soil composition also plays a role in determining possible locations for installing the septic tank. Soil that is too unstable can be spell disaster, especially when it comes to the dangerous process of excavating a hole for the tank. Similarly, rocks in the ground can hinder the excavation process. Soil that is unstable is also more likely to collapse especially during heavy rains, which in turn can cause the tank’s enclosure to cave in. This can result in excessive pressure on the tank which can lead to it rupturing or becoming inaccessible for maintenance and inspection. A conscientious contractor, such as Santucci Construction Corp., will do thorough soil tests to ensure that the location is ideal for the type of septic tank being installed, as well as for the drain field to maximize the performance of the system.
Needless to say, a large range of factors play a role in determining the location of a septic tank. An ideal location keeps the local authorities happy while offering optimal performance and longevity for the system. An experienced contractor is your best bet for finding a location that gives you all the advantages and none of the troubles.