Important Septic System Installation Recommendations

by Grace Motley

A waste system is a pretty important system for your household, so when your property cannot be connected to the city sewer, you will need to install a septic system on your property. Here are some recommendations to plan and complete a successful installation for your home septic system.

Select the Right Location

When you install your septic system, the placement in your yard is going to matter in its function and maintenance. First, look at your backyard to find a location next to your home that is accessible for a septic tank when it is time to pump your tank. If your yard is next to a driveway or side yard that allows for a truck to pass through, this provides you a good place to install the tank. 

You will also need to test the soil in your yard to make sure it is good drainage soil. Soil in your yard that contains a high amount of clay will prevent your drain field from doing its job, and the water will not soak out of the drain field pipes and into the surrounding soil. You can have your septic professional test soil within your yard to evaluate its contents for septic installation.

Install Ground Cover

The type of materials you place over your septic system's location is going to make a big difference in how well it serves your septic system and field and how well it protects your property and system. The soil over your septic system should be protected against erosion from the wind and rain, so it should be covered in a ground covering, such as vegetation or wood chip mulch. You don't ever want to install gravel over the soil where your septic system is located. Gravel will compress the soil because it is a heavy material, and similar to concrete, gravel is going to damage your system.

Look to plant a covering of lawn over your septic system site. You may also choose to plant ornamental grasses, which will similarly provide good soil erosion protection but also have a shallow root system, which is best for your septic system surface soil. You can also select from a variety of shallow root growth vegetation, such as hollyhocks, creeping phlox, and bee balm. For the drain field site, be sure to look for plants that will thrive in a moist environment, as the area can become saturated when you are creating extra waste water from your home. 

To learn more, contact a septic installation service.