Rural Property Owner? What To Know About Septic Tank Installations


Residential and commercial properties can enjoy some real benefits when opting for a location outside cities or incorporated areas. In fact, rural land is typically less expensive than parcels located in more populous urban areas. In addition, rural home and business owners may also realize a significant savings on property taxes and insurance over what they would pay for those costs on an urban property.

But the rural location of these homes and businesses can come with specific issues that might not apply in a more urban location, such as dealing with sewage and waste water without access to a public or municipal sewer system. In most cases, installation of an on-site septic system is the best solution for many rural property owners. If you're working to arrange an on-site sewer system for your rural property, make sure you consider these important points before scheduling delivery and installation of your septic tank and drain field.  

Septic systems require periodic maintenance, inspections, and servicing so location is a critical consideration

When correctly installed and properly maintained, septic systems provide a cost-effective, low-maintenance method of sewage disposal for homes and businesses that cannot connect to a public sewer system. Depending on the system you choose and the level of use it will receive, your system may need periodic inspections, routine maintenance, tank pump outs, and emergency repairs. 

To ensure that your septic tank installation and subsequent servicing will not be obstructed, property owners must make sure to choose a location that will allow easy access to the tank and components throughout its lifetime. Remember that access to the system should never require trucks or heavy equipment to drive over the system where that type of activity could compact the soil and cause future failures. 

Soil content must be suitable for the installation and usage of septic systems that rely on a drain field 

Septic systems that utilize a drain field must be located in soil that is capable of proper absorption to prevent failure of the system. Some types of soil, such as those with a high clay or sand content, may not be able to properly absorb enough liquid matter to ensure that the system will continue to work property, especially in periods of heavy usage. 

To ensure that the location you want to use for your residential or commercial rural septic system has suitable soil content, owners should make sure to have it tested by an approved testing service. Tests to confirm the suitability of the soil may include one or more of the following: 

  • general soil evaluation
  • soil percolation or "perc" testing
  • a deep hole test

Sites that fail one or more of these tests may require modifications such as the use of subsurface drain pipes and underground trenches filled with gravel to raise the level of absorption in specific areas. In some cases, soil issues may require the use of alternative septic systems that do not require a traditional drain field, such as a mound or sand filter system.

You will need to utilize a licensed installer who holds current installation certifications within the county

Septic systems have the potential to create a biologically hazardous situation should they fail and allow raw waste to contaminate soil or water. Should this happen, especially if the system is improperly sized or the installation was flawed in some manner, the property owner may be held liable for the damage. In addition, there may be costly fines assessed on local, state, and federal levels. 

To reduce the potential for experiencing a failure that can result in costly repairs and fines, as well as the hazard of a raw sewage leak, property owners should choose their installer carefully. When speaking to prospective septic system installers, always request information on the installer's current licensing and certification status. In addition, it can be helpful to check their references and speak with public health officials in the area before making their final selection. 

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