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Preparing for Your Septic System Installation

If you are preparing to have a septic system installed or reinstalled, you probably have a lot of questions about the process. Many homes in the United States still use septic systems, especially in rural regions and areas that can’t support sewer connections.

Whenever a septic system is installed in on the property of a Pittsburgh home, there are many elements that go into the process.

1.     What are the regulations? It is important to know what kind of regulations are in place for local and state governments if you are installing a septic system. Often, this includes planning that involves the local the environmental department and/or health department. To find out who is in charge of regulating septic systems in your area, call your local government office.

2.     What kind of permitting is required? It’s time to see what kind of permit you need to install your system. Again, a call or email to your local government should let you know what you need to do. Sometimes, someone will need to visit your home or your business before they will let you know the type of system that is needed. Keep in mind that most septic systems, because of varying local and state regulations, cannot be installed on an expedited timeline. You may be looking at a couple months lead time before work can actually begin.

3.     Who should install the system? Now, it’s time to find a professional and knowledgeable septic system installer. We suggest talking to your state or county to see if they have a list of people who can work on your property.

4.     What are your household habits? Your installers will have to know how much water the people in your household use, and also how many people live in your house. If there are two people in your home, you may need a smaller system then if you have many people living in your house.

5.     Do you need a soil evaluation? After you have hired an installer, they can help you get your soil evaluated. Then, they should be able to tell you what kind of septic system will work best on your property. You should also make sure that the area where the system is being installed will not have to be used for anything else in the future.

6.     How do you maintain the system? Before you begin using your new septic system, you should know the general rules about how the system is maintained. You want your new septic system to work as well as it possibly can, so you may need to set up a yearly maintenance plan to keep your system in good working order.

Septic system installations can take as long as 2 to 4 days, so there won’t be running water in your house during that time. Make a plan to ensure that you will still be able to use a toilet, such as an on-site porta-potty, and be sure that you have some water on-hand to wash your hands.

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