Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
Septic tanks are slowly becoming relics of the past, but with the economy pushing people towards the country either for more affordable living or the desire to return to the land, these relics are being discovered in some of the least comfortable ways. Before doing any major work on your rural home or settling down for too long, consider a few inspection and upgrade options for areas using septic tanks.
New Construction? Not Without An Inspection
Septic systems are usually located in parts of a yard that are out of general view. The backyard or a side part of the yard were popular choices in the past, but new tenants or ownership can mean differences in design.
One mistake is parking or putting a driveway over the septic tank. The soil above a septic tank is usually an amalgam of old dirt, loose rock for absorption, clay and sand. Septic systems often emit heat and may leak a bit of fluid, which can lead to a constant moisture zone that could leak to sinkholes.
Some people are lucky enough to have dirt and plant compositions to allow walking or even short-term parking over a septic system, but you shouldn't tempt fate. Parking for long periods of time could create a slow sinking hazard, and you may wake up one morning to see your new shed, driveway or car wedged deeply in moist earth. Even an inch of sinking could require a towing service or general contractor crew.
Septic System Relocation And Upgrades
If you absolutely must have a specific area for parking or construction, don't even think about reinforcing the dirt yourself. You'll need a septic tank installation crew to move the septic tank safely, handle the waste and fill in the hole with a sturdy soil composition.
While you're having the septic tank removed, consider an upgrade. If you didn't install the septic tank, you could be dealing with a septic tank that's older than you and ready to fall apart. Although septic tanks are made out of materials that resist corrosion, decades of service can leave holes from acid wear due to the modern waste introduced to the system.
When it comes to filling the old hole for new construction or parking, be sure to ask if the septic tank service has the ability to fill the hole. If not, ask them for a general contractor recommendation, as it's best to have the hole filled as soon as possible before rain creates a more difficult and more expensive job. Contact a septic tank installation professional from a company like A-1 Sewer Service to look through your septic system and plan changes.