Septic Systems

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by NMS0219, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    Hi, I am building a new shop and have to have a septic system installed. I am completely clueless about it. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks Nick
  2. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,174

    You would be best to contact your Health District or whomever is over septic installs. I could tell you how they are done here but that wont do you any good. I will sayhere homeowners can do their own systems. They are subject to inspections just like a contractors installs are but you don't need to be licensed to do your own. Something you could ask about.
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,139

    No more pooping in a hole in the closet like at my house, that fer sure golly gee-whiz!

    There are filtration fields that have a main tank, a settling tank and a pump chamber that pumps the affluent into a sand and pea gravel field, this system is usually raised above grade level if the soil is of poor drainage, the more common systems are trenched into the ground and 1 1/2" drain rock is dumped over the perforated pipe (PVC) and a biodegradable filter agent (straw and sod for us here) is placed on top to keep the soil from clogging up the drain rock as it settles.
    There is also a foam cube system for cottages where space and water conservation is an issue, but I have only seen 1 put in place here.
  4. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    Well i did contact the building department and they told me that they inspect them but have never seen one or have done an inspection on one. The street i am building on does not have utilties. Its the only one in the whole town. I plan on building the system myself. I have the equipment just not the know how.
  5. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    The type of system that they told me to build is the trench type with gravel. ( the neighbor property has that system built back in the late 60's) Other than that the town has been no help.
  6. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    Use Chambers or Ezflow.
    Gravel systems are a pain.
    Here the health department specs the system .
    Here chambers go in at a 65% rate of gravel.
    Here if you do your own system you have too take a test and pay a small fee.

    Have you perced the ground yet?
  7. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    i did dig a 4' x 3' x 5' deep hole for the town to "look" at. The guy from the town came out looked at it said "ok" and than told me he has never seen a septic system before.:dizzy: He than went on to say the last permit the town issued for a septic system was in 1971.:hammerhead: So do what ever you want.:confused: I just want the system to be correct. I know first hand how a bad system can ruin land.
  8. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
    Messages: 1,387

  9. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,174

    Wow. Are you in America? Sounds more like some third world country.
  10. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Are you going to build a house or is this just going to be a shop ?

    The system is based on how many bedrooms the house has. Does the soil perk well if not your looking at a sand mound system.

    If this is one toilet and one sink bathroom why don't you go with a holding tank system where you have a large tank that the stuff goes into and when its full get the sweet juice truck to come suck it dry.

    You can go with a two tank system where one is for the solid poo and the other tank is overflow for the gray water. The one tank you can run a 2000 gallon tank the water and solids flow into it as the water fills up the tank it can run into another 2000 gallon tank. A low flow flush toilet would take a long time to fill 4000 gallons. You could have a small leech field to get rid of the gray water or a sistern set up.

    A conventional drainfield may be overkill just for one bathroom.

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