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How Are Domestic Septic Tanks Installed: A Brief Guide

In the modern world, we’ve worked hard to find ways to manage sewage and liquid waste without it interfering with our everyday lives. Drainage systems, underground pipes and commercial treatment plants are all designed to take care of our waste liquids, often in locations that are somewhat removed from our busy towns and cities.


But if you’re the owner of a septic tank, your sewage will be a little closer to home. Septic tanks are usually installed underground, where they can provide waste management for temporary or remote structures that are not connected to a nationwide sewage system. Usually these tanks collect waste which decomposes over time due to the activity of specific bacteria, where occasionally an excess of liquid waste will need to be drained away.


Usually a septic tank installation is handled by a professional, but it can be helpful to understand in brief how this process is typically carried out - read on to find out more.



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Check Your Tank

Before you even think about installing a septic tank, it is important to be prepared. Looking out for any signs of damage can save you time and money further down the line, where you should also make sure that your tank is properly ventilated before you proceed.


Digging The Hole

More obviously, the installation process involves digging a sizable hole, where a small excavator may be required for this job. Make sure this space is big enough for the tank, any recommended backfill and your drainage fields, where you should always follow manufacturer recommendations on this.


Installing Your Base & Tank

A septic tank will typically sit on a concrete base to ensure that it is stable, so this should be installed first. Afterwards, the tank should be lowered carefully into the hole, where you should ensure that it is orientated correctly and is completely level.


Pipes & Manhole Covers

Once everything is in place, you should then connect your drainage pipe so your tank and your household plumbing systems are combined. This may require the input of a professional plumber to ensure everything is working properly. Finish by fixing the manhole cover to protect the entrance point.


R & A Cleansing: Professional Septic Tank Services

At R & A Cleaning, we can take care of all your liquid waste management needs, where we specialise in septic tank drainage and maintenance. Get in touch with our expert team today to find out more about how we can help.


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