Septic system installations aren't as easy as scheduling a site visit and getting the work done on the same day. It takes preparation to get the installation right. Here are seven preparation tips to consider.

1. Get the Necessary Permits and Approvals 

The installation may happen on your property, but your local government needs to approve it. Every state or city has varying requirements and regulations. Consult your local government before making septic system installation plans. 

2. Get a Soil Test Done 

Work on your septic system can't commence without a soil test. The contractor will use the soil test to figure out whether your property can support the drain field and septic tank installation. Don't hire a plumbing contractor before testing whether your soil is absorbent enough for septic system installation. 

3. Request a Quote 

Find the contractor that will install your septic systems and request a quote. Use the quote to prepare the funds and materials needed for your septic system installation. 

4. Notify Your Neighbors 

Septic system installations often involve the use of heavy machinery that can be disruptive to those around your property. Be courteous enough to notify your neighbors that you'll have a project on your property. Your neighbors will appreciate knowing when the project begins and the type of machinery the contractors will use. 

5. Prepare for Water Shut Off 

Expect water shutoff during the septic system installation period. Make prior arrangements to ensure your home has access to water and bathrooms. While notifying your neighbor about this installation, you can also request to use their washrooms during the installation period. If not, consider portable bathrooms and toilets to avoid any inconveniences. 

6. Clear the Area 

Ensure the installation is seamless by clearing the area before the contractor arrives. If you're replacing the septic tank, remove the old tank and associated systems. You can't install a new septic tank and connect it to old pipes. 

Most of these pipes are either too small or too large to fit your new septic tank. Therefore, removing the pipes is advisable. Since this process involves digging up your lawn, consult experts to ensure the removal is clean. Professional removal helps avoid unnecessary damage to your property. 

7. Prepare Money for Lawn Repair 

The contractors will excavate your lawn to remove the old septic system and install the replacement. This excavation will likely damage your lawn. The contractor can attempt to repair it, but you'll need additional services to restore the lawn to its previous shape. 

Reach out to a septic tank service company like Ray's Septic Tank & Grading Service to learn more.