What could be more interesting than reading about the installation of a septic tank? This blog just gets better and better!
The truck rolled in Friday morning at about 9:30AM and work was completed by about 4PM. The documentation from the perc test called out a 1000 gallon septic tank with 180ft. of infiltrator pipe or 300ft. of conventional field lines. We opted for the infiltrator which is a piece of molded plastic about two feet wide that sits in the bottom of the field line trench.
The tank was a huge concrete mass that required an enormous hole. Like my earlier excavation experience, I was amazed at how quickly and precisely the operator was able to make such a big hole in the ground.
The field lines were almost completely dug by the time the septic tank was delivered. The truck was able to drive right up to the pit and lower the tank directly into the ground. I think the whole delivery took about 20 minutes.
With the tank in the ground, the three-person crew split into two teams – one working on the plumbing for the tank while the other installed the field lines.
Around noon they broke for lunch, and by about 2:00PM the inspector was on-site to sign-off on the permit. With the approval in hand, the crew began the process of covering the tank and field lines with dirt, which took about an hour.
The area still looks pretty rough. The contractor explained that he could smooth it all out, but after the first rain or two, it would all settle and collapse. He couldn’t pack it down with the machines because it might damage the field lines. After a few rains he said we could fill the low spots and smooth the area using a small tractor with a box blade. Luckily, my neighbor down the street volunteered his services when the time comes. I’m going to love living in the country!
With Roark’s supervision, the whole operation went off without a hitch.
I got three bids for the project: one was from our excavators, and the other two came from the Soil Dude’s recommendations. Two of the bids came in at $2,900. The third was $3,000. Bellew Contracting Services (out of Gadsden) said they could get the job done two days after I contacted them. They got the job! From what I can tell, they did good work. We’ll see how it goes once we start using the system…