When you’re in the process of building a new home or remodeling an existing home, chances are you’ll need a septic system if you’re not within a city sewer service area. Finding a reputable and qualified septic installer can be a nightmare.
Fortunately for you, Motivation Septic Services specializes in your septic system needs. Offering many years of experience, providing the highest quality of work, and competitive pricing. Serving Asheville area customers in Buncombe, Madison, and Yancey counties.
How do septic systems work?
A septic system takes the wastewater from your home and separates it, treats it, and then disperses it into the ground. The septic tank is the first component in your septic system. It serves to separate the solid waste from liquid waste and begins the wastewater treatment process.
The first compartment in your septic tank is where the solids are collected and gives the bacteria in your tank time to break them down. The wastewater then passes through the baffle wall into the second compartment to allow for further treatment. It then travels to the drainfield, the area where wastewater is absorbed into the ground, which provides final treatment for the wastewater.
Installing your Septic System
A septic tank is just the first component in a septic system. In a gravity system the waste water flows from the house to the septic tank, then through the supply line to the drainfield. In a pump system (where you don’t have the proper elevation to flow from the house to the drainfield) the waste water flows from the house to the septic tank, then to the sump tank. The sump tank will use an effluent pump to push the partially treated and filtered waste water up to either the distribution box or pressure manifold. From there, it will then use gravity flow to the drainfield for dispersal, absorption, and further treatment by the soil.
When a new septic system permit is issued, it will give the tank size, location, drainfield size, material type, location, and depth to be installed among other relevant information. When a repair permit is issued, it will state what part of the original septic system needs to be replaced (whether it’s the tank, drainfield, or the supply lines that connect the system together), and where the new component will go.
The first step in the process of installing a new system or making a repair on an existing system is for the homeowner to apply for either a new systems permit or a repair permit. Once that is done, the county inspector from the health department will come out onsite to determine where the new system or repair can go, and then do a soil structure test (also known as a perk test) to determine if the soil is suitable to take water and at what rate in order to determine the length of the drainfield needed for the designed water flow per day which is figured by the number of bedrooms (60 gallons per person, 2 people per bedroom).
Then once that is done, the inspector will issue the Construction Authorization Permit, which is what the licensed septic installer needs in order to install the new system or repair. Once the licensed septic installer installs the new system or repair, the county inspector will come out to check and verify that it was installed correctly and can then be covered up and the operations permit which is the final permit will be issued. That permit certifies that the homeowner now has a new or properly repaired Septic System.