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The past year has seen a large increase in spending on home improvement projects. Whatever your reason for doing repairs or remodeling, it’s important to learn about how a septic system factors into your plans. Whether it’s inside the house or in the yard, learning the basics of your septic system protects you from any accidental damage that leads to costly repairs and emergency service.
Taking precautions is an important first step before you add or change anything that might interfere with a septic system. Taking time to ensure that your system is safe saves you time, money, and unnecessary stress. With careful planning, a septic system won’t prohibit you from making any changes to your home. Check out these helpful tips to get the most out of your remodel this year!
To protect your septic system, you need to first understand where things are situated in relation to your house. This includes your septic tank, drain field, and even the pipes leading from your home to the septic system. Not every septic system looks the same, but by familiarizing yourself with the septic system basics, it’s a lot easier to avoid causing damage or covering up access points that are vital for maintenance.
There are numerous ways to locate where your septic system is placed, including documentation by the previous owner, local regulatory body (like your county health department or such) or records kept by your local septic service provider.
Once you have mapped out any pipes or system components, you can safely start planning your remodel. You won’t want to add structures over the septic tank or drain field, as this could impede service providers when maintaining your septic system. Look for your septic tank’s vent pipe, cover or riser, and make sure it’s accessible.
Adding a deck or driveway is often a great idea, but it’s crucial to double-check that you aren’t building above anything important. Additionally, any digging should be done cautiously. Different parts of your septic system range from multiple feet underground to less than a foot. Due to their proximity to the surface, it’s also important to be careful of what you plant near your septic tank.
Even the most experienced remodelers need assistance sometimes. For maintenance before and after remodeling, repairs, or any other residential septic service, don’t hesitate to contact Wind River Environmental. The expert technicians are here to keep your septic system running as efficiently as possible.
Sign up on our website to schedule any services – or call us at 1-800-499-1682 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have any questions about keeping your septic system healthy after home repairs or remodeling, don’t hesitate to contact us today!