Many excavating contractors can dig for septics. There’s a lot of planning that goes into a septic install like what size of rock is needed, how deep the drainfield needs to be, how deep to bury the septic tank and at what elevation the pipes need to drain at, etc. Septic system installers need these details planned out before starting the job.
Basic Functions of a Septic System
The tank in a septic system extracts the raw sewage from the home. The grease then floats to the surface and solids separate out. Between these two layers of debris is another layer of water that is piped from the tank to an area where it’s absorbed and percolates through the soil. The bacteria in the soil break any nutrients down.
Septic tanks are typically buried in the ground. There are 3 styles of tanks, all of which will eventually fail in some way:
These tanks can rust. When buried in the earth, they may corrode to a point that a person walking over where it’s buried can fall through right into the tank. This can be fatal because of the released methane gasses. A person can also drown within a tank full of materials.
These types of tanks can become damaged on the inside, which leads to expensive repairs to the damaged tank and drain field.
Concrete Block Tanks
These are the most problematic types of septic tank structures. They are simply stacked blocks of concrete that are sometimes not even fastened together with concrete. After years of exposure from the acidic sewage, this dissolves the mortar in the structure, which can lead to complete collapse without any warning. These types of tanks often fail environmental regulation standards.
How to Detect Septic Tank Failure
First of all, you need to know where your septic tank is buried. If you notice any sunken ground in the area of the tank, stay away – these are indications that there are collapsed areas of your tank. You can fall through into the tank, which can cause death. Call your septic system installers to repair the problem right away – they are qualified for proper septic repair.
Also, look for solid waste materials in your drain field. This contamination may be caused by a failure to have your tank pumped out on a regular basis. This can be a very expensive issue to resolve.
When preparing to buy a home with a septic system, you need to be sure to get the septic tank pumped out and inspected for damages. You may need to have the sellers replace the tank as part of the purchase agreement. The cost of getting this inspection done will be far less than the costs charged by septic system installers to fix a damaged septic system.
Septic system installers for a single home septic sewer typically use a small excavator such as a backhoe to dig the hole for the main waste tank. Trenches are then dug for the sewer pipe exiting the home and pipes going to the leachfield or drainfield where the clarified septic wastewater is disposed. You may need an alternate wastewater treatment system installed such as a raised bed system, septic mound or an aerobic septic system. Be sure and discuss what type of system you should install with your excavation contractor and get the proper permits before starting your dig.
There are affordable septic installation companies and septic repair service providers in the Worthington and surrounding areas. You can reach our recommended complete septic service provider by calling this number: (507) 556-4665. They will take great care of you. We only work with the best and most reliable contractors.