Implementing a Septic Drain Field System

A septic drain field system.

Septic drain field systems provide a sewage solution in rural areas where sewage lines are difficult to lay. The size of the system will vary depending on the size of your home and the number of people. Here are the things you need to know before you implement a septic system for your home.

Zoning Regulations

Before a septic system can be placed you need to find out what your local regulations are. The septic system will need to feed into a drain or leech field. The local authorities may have rules not only on the size of the tanks but the materials used and the size of the field as well.

You will more than likely need to have an inspector come out. The inspector can tell you everything you need to know, such as how far the tank and field needs to be from your home structure and your neighbors' properties. They will also go over any plumbing concerns and requirements you need to know.

Construction Permits

Before you start digging anything you need to get all of the required permits. If you’ve hired a contractor, which hopefully you have to make your life easier, they may be able to get the permits for you. Check with the contractors to see if this is the case.

Connecting with Existing Plumbing

The tank system will need to connect to your existing plumbing infrastructure. This can usually be achieved with simple PVC pipes. The contractor should be able to do all of this for you. Once the tank has been installed additional piping will be necessary to run into the septic field. These pipes usually run down at an incline slightly and will need to run for so many feet depending on local requirements. This is something else the contractors should be educated on and be able to accomplish with little work from you.

Adding Material to the Field

Once the tank has been installed you will need to work on the field. You should have had everything measured out as far as distance goes so you know where the field should be placed. The contractor working on your system will dig the field out slightly, just to roughen the soil a bit. You may have to add additional material to the field once the construction is completed. Make sure that the pipes aren’t damaged or plugged up when adding the material to your field.

Second Inspection

Before you can start using the system, you will need to have another inspection done. The inspector will check to ensure the system has been installed properly and according to code. Some of the things they will look for are the tank material, the distance, the pipe set up and the material used in the field.

So long as you pass this second inspection you can add water to the tank. Be sure you are doing this according to the tank manufacturer's instructions so the tank won’t burst with too much water or not work properly with too little.