When we flush our toilets, pour all sorts of liquids down the drain, or wash off our dirty hands, we normally don’t think about where all that waste is going. A waste removal system is one of the most important systems in your home. A commonly used waste removal system is a septic tank. Here’s everything you need to know about this all-important, but not too often thought of system:
How a Septic Tank Works
The idea of a septic tank is simple enough. Household waste from sinks, toilets, dishwashers and washing machines is piped down to the septic tank where it stays for roughly 24 hours. During this time the tank breaks down the waste as much as possible and separates solids from liquids. The liquids are sent out through a drainage system, while the solids remain to further decompose turning into a layer of sludge. This sludge in a septic system must regularly be pumped out.
When you begin the process of installing a septic tank or excavating an old septic system, you must begin with soil testing. Once the septic tank inspection has determined the current septic system your household uses as well as any recommendations for improvement, the Parker Excavation operators can begin to test the soil. The soil must be tested to see how well it drains to avoid a pond of sewage appearing in your yard, as well as to give us a better understanding of what to expect during the septic excavation process.
Septic Tank Excavation
As the contractor begins the excavation process he will closely follow the specific plan which has been developed. Depths are mostly dependent on obtaining gravity to move the flow from the house to the tank. Traditionally, a two percent slope is required from house to tank. A minimum of six inches of soil is required to cover the tank. Excavation for the drain field trenches will occur later.
Septic Tank Installation
Once the septic tank has been completely excavated, the process of installing the new septic system can begin.
Are you in need of a wastewater treatment system on your land? Get quality construction services at Martin Land Improvement Inc. in Elk Rapids, MI, and allow us to make the process easier for you. We offer excavation, general contracting, and other specialty services, including Singulair Green by Norweco. Singulair Green replaces failing septic systems with an advanced wastewater treatment solution. Contact Martin Land Improvement at (231) 645-3400 if you need a general contractor in Traverse City!