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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to install a septic system?
Installing a septic system can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks depending on the size of the job. Larger projects may require additional work and preparation, as well as additional permits and regulations, which can extend the timeline. It is important to plan ahead when installing a septic system so that necessary inspections by local authorities are completed, ensuring a long-lasting, safe system.
How much does it cost to install a septic system?
Installing a septic system can be expensive, depending on the complexity of the project. The cost includes digging trenches or holes for the tank and drain field, installing pipes and connecting them to the house plumbing, backfilling with soil and attaching lids to access points. Aside from labor costs, the installation also involves purchasing tanks and other components. The price varies greatly from job to job depending on the size of the project. Give us a call to discuss the price of your project in detail.
How do I know when to replace my septic pump?
Regularly check the system’s performance by observing if you are experiencing slow drainage or if your pump is running more frequently than usual. If the level of liquid in the pump begins to rise higher than normal, it is often an indication that there could be a problem with the system. Finally, if you notice any foul smells emanating from your home, this could mean that the pump isn’t powerful enough to adequately do its job. If you observe any of these signs, seek professional advice as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
How often should I have my septic tank pumped?
To ensure that your septic tank continues to function properly, it’s recommended to have it pumped every three years. During this time, your tank will be inspected for any signs of damage and can even be extended if necessary. Regular pumping not only prevents costly repairs down the line, but it will also help protect the environment from hazardous waste runoff.
Why do I need a Title 5 Inspection?
A Title 5 Inspection provides an important assessment of a septic system to determine whether it is functioning properly and in line with local and state regulations. Conducting a Title 5 Inspection can safeguard property owners from potential issues such as odors, slow draining, overflowing sewage, and unexpected groundwater contamination. Additionally, if you are looking to purchase or sell a property, the state of MA requires a title 5 inspection on every property with a septic system before it transfers ownership.
Why is a perc test necessary?
Before designing a septic system on a property, it is necessary to complete a soil evaluation and percolation test – commonly known as a ‘perc test’. This soil analysis aims to determine the rate of water drainage in the land, which is essential for understanding the suitability of a site for construction. The perc test is typically conducted by digging deep observation holes to determine the soil types and the estimated seasonal high water table. Then water is poured into a smaller hole and carefully measured to determine the long-term acceptance rate of the soil.