Septic System Installation: 6 Things you should know

Septic System Installation: 6 Things you should know

Are you considering a new septic system installation for your property? Does your old sewage system need to be replaced? If you have never undertaken a project of this scale before, it may be helpful to consider what it entails. We have listed six points below that will help you understand some of the factors involved in the installation of a septic system.

1)    Be aware of the local regulations pertaining to septic system installation:

The local authorities frame rules and regulations regarding the installation and maintenance of on-site septic systems. The official website of the local council will have information and resources pertaining to septic systems. Find out if you need any permits, building consents or clearances before the installation. The regional council may have laid down requirements for discharge of effluents and additional treatment of wastewater with ozone, filtration, etc. to ensure the safety of the soakage treatment area. So make sure you find out about all these details before you begin.

2)    Soil and land evaluation:

Many regional councils ask for a land and soil evaluation to be done to determine the type of septic system you need. This may include an environment engineer’s soil analysis and general report. This is usually done to determine where the septic tank will be placed and where the treated waste will be released. It also helps determine the size of the soakage area.

3)    Location and landscaping:

You will have to decide where the septic system will be installed. Septic system installation usually involves the strategic placing of several components including the tanks, pipes, leach fields, etc. Plants and bushes in the area may have to be relocated because roots growing close to the tanks or pipes may destroy the installation. Make sure you discuss your landscaping options with the agency you choose to work with. Reflection Wastewater Treatment Solutions works closely with the client to determine the best location for the system.

4)    Septic system installation options:

The agency that conducts the land and soil evaluation should provide you with the options for types of septic systems you could install on your property. They will also be able to determine if an advanced level of treatment will be required for the wastewater on the site. Also, when considering the size of the tank, consider the possibility that you may sell the house in the future, and choose accordingly. If you decide on a small tank, a family with more members may be discouraged from buying it when you decide to sell it in the future.

5)    The cost factor:

A new septic system installation will come with a significant price tag. There a number of fees involved including engineer’s fees, permit and consent fees, inspection fees, system and installation fees, etc. Additionally, if you are replacing an old septic tank, you will also have to shell out money for its proper disposal. You should consider all the costs involved and then budget for the project accordingly.   

6)    Maintenance:

Septic systems require maintenance to be carried out periodically. Some systems require yearly maintenance. Discuss your maintenance options with the installer. You may have to pay additional for maintenance and upkeep of the installed septic system.

Reflection Wastewater Treatment Solutions offers on-going maintenance and support for customers at competitive prices. Give us a call today and we will help you decide the best wastewater treatment option for your family and property.

Easy Wastewater Filter Maintenance

Easy Wastewater Filter Maintenance

Many people forget about Wastewater Filter Maintenance. Your ‘outlet filter’ is located on the outlet of the septic tank and is there to prevent the transfer of solid material into the secondary treatment system or irrigation system if you have a primary treatment system. This would create significant problems with not only the pumps but also clogging the secondary treatment or irrigation lines.

Depending on your habits, use of the system and if you have an infestation of “septic tank” moths the outlet filter might need to be cleaned out as often as once a month to maintain a free flow through the septic tank.

Here are a few steps to enable you to clean the filter yourself between routine scheduled maintenance by our maintenance team.

  • r Step One: Remove the 150mm cap on the outlet side of your septic tank.
  • Step Two: Either wear disposal gloves or ensure that you maintain good hygiene (thoroughly clean your hands after), turn the filter anti-clockwise and pull the filter up by the handle out of the casing.
  • Step Three: Hold the filter away from you and anyone else and use a hose to spray it down. It would be good if you can do this in a location that is not walked or played on by you, your family or pets (ie. back of the house, in the garden, digging a hole in the lawn etc.). Wash the filter until you see no more waste on it. Try not to spray near or towards people to prevent waste from landing on them.
  • Step Four: Once the filter is clean, insert it back into the casing, turn clockwise to lock in place, and replace the lid. Ensure that the white section of the filter is facing the outlet otherwise no water will exit the septic tank and cause a backlog.

If you have any questions regarding Wastewater Filter Maintenance or a septic tank and wastewater treatment service,  then don’t hesitate to ask us. Or next time we complete your scheduled service we can show you how to do it. You will need to make an appointment so that we can arrange a suitable time to see you.

Prior to your New Build

As the cost of living keeps rising, people are looking at ways to save money whilst constructing their new home. A way to do this is to live on site in a portable unit, caravan etc. If you don’t have reticulated wastewater then you will need to allow for some form of treatment to the wastewater before it is disposed of onto the land.

The question we have been asked increasingly is – can the wastewater system be installed and used before the house is constructed? In short, yes, but it will still need a building consent to be constructed. There are a few options here:

  1. Get the consent for your new house sorted, install the wastewater component first, and then continue your house construction at your own pace.
  2. Obtain minor drainage consent for the wastewater treatment plant, and then get on with the planning and consents for your new house
  3. Not have treatment, and risk issues with the Council, Public Health officers, your health and your neighbours health and good relations too.

What you will need to be careful of is that the system is designed to be able to take the wastewater flows from the new house you will be constructing. If you want more information on system sizing to refer to the blog entitled “On-Site Wastewater System Sizing”.

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