Installing a Septic Tank on Lakefront Property

A septic system is used to process and discard of wastewater in rural areas where large, urban sewage treatment systems are not set up. Many lakefront homes and communities rely on septic systems for wastewater removal. Installing and maintaining a septic tank is not difficult. Below is a guide that will help you get started.


Hire an independent inspector to help get you started. Tell the inspector how many people will be routinely using the water services of the home and he will be able to help you determine the tank size you require. The inspector will also inform you of local rules and regulations concerning placement of the tank.

Determine Placement

Your inspector will help you determine placement of the tank by informing you of rules and regulation concerning the distance the tank needs to be from the house. The tank will also require a field where waste can be filtered through soil.

Start Digging & Place the Tank

Once you know where your septic system will go, it is time to start digging. Renting a backhoe from a construction equipment company will make this phase much easier. While you still have the backhoe, make sure you dig the field as well.

Once the hole is ready for the tank, you need to put it in there. Most tanks today are made of plastic and can be lifted by you and a few friends and lowered into the hole. Make sure the tank is level with the hole and secure it with rocks, dirt and gravel around the base.

Connect Everything

Plan your pipe layout ahead of time and take all measurements so you have enough PVC pipe and elbows to connect your new septic tank to your home's plumbing. Check for leaks. Once everything is in place, have your inspector come out to check the system.

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