As a homeowner, septic systems are the last thing you ever want to think about. You want your system to work properly, never have a problem, and never have an effect on your life other than for you to know your waste water is being responsibly deposited in a way that allows it to filter through the ground without polluting the water supply. Unfortunately, septic systems are like anything else man-made and do require regular maintenance and occasionally come to the end of their useful life and have to be replaced. It’s obviously not a do-it-yourself project, you have to have a professional conduct the job. Understanding the process of septic installation and maintenance can help you find a professional as needed and understand how and why the job is billed the way it is.

Initial Installation

The initial septic system installation, whether on a new site or as a replacement, requires some thought and planning. The system itself offers options according to the sensitivity of the site, and there are different levels of quality among different manufacturers. Furthermore, placement is key with a septic system. It has to be in a place that can be landscaped to cover its existence and out of the way of where other projects may take place. On top of those considerations, it has to be placed according to code and pass an inspection before being plugged in to your home.

Ongoing Maintenance Schedule

Once the septic system has been installed, it requires ongoing maintenance. It can become clogged if non-organic materials are put in it, and eventually it will become clogged as deposited materials biodegrade and build up. Because there are different means of treatment and dispersal according to how the system was designed for each situation, there are different septic maintenance routines. As no one system is considered “best” you need to discuss with your contractor the options available for your property and the advantages versus disadvantages of each to determine what will work best for your situation.

You likely have a friend who recommends a certain type of septic system because they’ve never had problems with theirs, but their circumstances and environment are likely different from your own. Deciding on a septic system is between you and your contractor. You can trust a reputable, professional septic contractor to lend you his advice based on experience and knowledge of what works best in different situations.