What You Should Consider When Installing a Septic Tank
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What You Should Consider When Installing a Septic Tank

Before jumping into septic tank installation, there are several things you’ll need to consider. From testing the soil to choosing the right type of system, this blog explores the key steps you need to take when installing a septic tank on your commercial property.

Decide on a location and evaluate space capacities

Before the actual installation process begins, the first thing you will need to do is consider where your new septic tank will be housed. You will need to use a plot of land big enough to bury a large piece of equipment underground, without the risk of hitting a utility line or dense tree root. Another aspect you will need to consider is the state of the terrain and surrounding area. It’s a good idea to place the septic system on level ground, which will help avoid flooding and seepage, while making sure there is sufficient air for ventilation. Remember, consulting with professional contractors can provide you with more guidance on this.

Test the soil quality

The geographical properties of the surrounding land will have a significant impact on the set-up of the system and design of the corresponding soakaway. You will also need to examine the soil to ensure you are working in the best conditions possible. Sandy and undisturbed soil tends to deliver the best results, as dense ground prevents water flow and gravelly sand sometimes causes the water to drain very quickly.

Select the right type of system

Septic tanks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so it is important you pick the right one for you. The most common options include:

  • Gravity systems
  • Pump-activated pressure distribution systems
  • Oxygen-assisted aerobic treatment units

You should consider which type of septic tank design will suit your requirements best. For example, concrete tanks are long-lasting but are equally prone to cracks and damage. On the other hand, fibreglass tanks cannot crack but may be more vulnerable to above ground weight, while plastic tanks are seen as more affordable but much less robust.

Arrange the installation

Once you’ve addressed these initial considerations, it’s time to arrange the installation. It is possible to transport the tank, dig the trenches and fit the system by yourself. However, these tasks can prove difficult and time consuming – relying on the help of external contractors can alleviate the pressure and provide you with a pair of expert hands.

From ground clearance and moling services to septic tank repair and maintenance, RKC Contractors are experienced in a wide range of engineering projects. Get in touch with us today to find out more about what we can do for you.


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