Septic systems play a vital role in any rural property. They allow you to build a new home outside of areas where public sewer systems are available. Septic systems have a proven track record of doing a great job processing household wastewater. However, the installation location of a septic system is very important because septic systems installed in the wrong place won't function in a safe and sanitary manner.
To determine the best and most appropriate location for your new home's septic system, you will need to work with a licensed septic system contractor. The contractor will walk around your property and determine the best location for the system based on each of these three important factors:
Factor #1: The Building Codes in the Local Area
Not only will a local septic contractor know a lot about the soil conditions present in the area, but they will also know all of the building codes that need to be adhered to. Since the building codes restrict where a septic system can and cannot be installed, this is always the first and primary factor affecting a new system's location.
Factor #2: Limitations Based on Terrain and Various Obstacles
A septic system should be located somewhere on your property where it can be on high ground. If the system is installed at the base of a hill or on a low spot, then stormwater will interfere with its function. Water will flow downhill during storms and will flood the drain field and can even force the system to flow backward and flood into your home.
Since tree roots, buried utility lines, and other man-made structures can interfere with septic system function, areas where they are present should be avoided. In addition, it is vitally important your new home's septic system be installed a long way from the water well so it doesn't contaminate your household water with untreated sewage.
Factor #3: The Soil Conditions
Finally, in order for your new home's septic system to function correctly for many decades to come, it must be installed in an area with the right soil conditions. Ideally, the soil surrounding your new septic system should be undisturbed, sandy, and have a high absorption rate. If your property has soil with high clay content, exposed bedrock, or a lot of coarse gravel, then you may need to install an alternative type of septic system rather than one that relies on gravity.
For more information, reach out to a septic tank installation service.