Septic Tank Installation: Key Facts For Homeowners

Posted on: 1 July 2019

If you have recently purchased a rural property on which you plan to build a home, then you need to think seriously about how you will dispose of your household wastewater. If your property is connected to a city municipal system, then that solves your problem, but many rural properties are not connected to municipal sewage systems. In this case, you will need to install a septic tank and septic system on your property to handle the wastewater from your home. The following article takes a look at this interesting issue.


The disposal of wastewater and sewage is regulated by local authorities to ensure that everything is done safely and that no health hazards are present. Check with the local building office to see what the rules are in your area. You will also need to get a permit from local officials before any installing a septic tank. After you contact the appropriate agency and apply for a permit, they will send an inspector out to your property to see if it is acceptable. If it is, then the application will most likely be approved and you can move ahead with the project. 


You are going to require the services of a septic system contractor to install the septic tank. Although doing the job yourself with the help of friends or hired hands is not impossible, it's not recommended because you can easily make crucial mistakes during the process that cause the tank to fail at a later date. If that happens, you will be looking at some expensive repairs to restore everything to normal. To avoid this possibility, hire a qualified contractor for the septic tank installation. You won't regret it.

Distance from Home

As a rule, you want to place the septic tank fairly close to your home because this lowers your costs by reducing the amount of piping required to carry household waste to the tank. Local regulations will govern the minimum distance a tank must be placed from the house. The exact distance can vary depending on the building codes where you live.


Putting in a septic tank and it's associated infrastructure, such as the piping and drain field, can cost between $8,000 and $15,000 for a three-bedroom home. The ultimate cost depends on a number of factors, such as the size of your home and excavation costs in your area.

Talk with a septic tank contractor in your area to learn more.