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- 1 What Is the Process for Septic Tank Installation in Midlothian?
- 2 How Does Permitting Work for Installing Septic Tanks in Midlothian?
- 3 How Much Does Septic Tank Installation Usually Cost in Midlothian?
- 4 What Type of Septic Tank Is Best For Residents in Midlothian?
- 5 How Often Do Homeowners in Midlothian Need to Have Their Septic Tank Inspected?
- 6 Are There Any Rebates Available For Septic Tank Services in Midlothian?
What Is the Process for Septic Tank Installation in Midlothian?
Septic tank installation usually starts with you having a problem. Whether your problem is needing to get a new septic system installed amidst the often chaotic timelines of a new construction or whether you’re having problems with your current septic system and need a replacement, you’ve got a problem that we can help with. Even with diligent inspections and maintenance, septic tanks don’t last forever. When it’s time for a new install though, we can try to make it as simple as possible for you.
The first step in actually installing your new septic tank is all about research, planning, and understanding your land and how it will cooperate with wastewater dispersal. We’ll need to get precise percolation tests and soil analysis of your land so that we can know how it will respond to wastewater, and how well water will drain throughout the soil. Once we have this information, then we can start designing a septic system that is right for your needs and your property. Designing septic tanks and septic systems is often very delicate work. Not only must the drain field meet rigorous requirements to protect the environment on your land, but gravity must naturally pull wastewater both away from the source of drinking water and towards the drain field.
After all the planning is done, we have everything we need to submit for permits. With permits in hand, we can begin the excavation for your septic tank, along with the trenches for waste plumbing if we’re building a new system from scratch. Even with heavy equipment, excavation in the often hard-packed soil around Midlothian can be difficult and time-consuming.
Once all the excavation is done, we can begin the arduous task of installing your septic tank and plumbing. Even after everything has been lowered into place, though, we’re not quite done. We’ll have to very carefully verify every angle and measurement to ensure that everything purposely matches the design before proceeding. It obviously gets a lot harder to troubleshoot issues once your septic system is buried in the ground. Before we start backfilling with soil, we’ll want to spread some gravel throughout your drain field. Especially in our often slow draining soils here in North Texas, it’s extremely important to spread gravel throughout the septic drain field so that the coarse grains of the gravel leave plenty of gaps for water to penetrate through so that it can spread throughout the soil better.
Once we fill it all back in, we’ll just do a quick double-check that everything stays stable while filling and works fine. Hopefully, by that point, you won’t have any issues with your septic tank for a long time.
How Does Permitting Work for Installing Septic Tanks in Midlothian?
Here in Midlothian, you’ll need to get permits for any septic work through the Ellis County Department of Development. Any septic work, as repairs, replacements, and entirely new installations will all have to file an application and detailed plan for approval.
Ellis County conveniently provides a checklist for everything you need to have in order to submit a permit application. Ensure that everything is correct before we apply for a permit. When you have a problem with your septic tank, the last thing you want to wait on is bureaucratic red tape. No work can begin until the permit is issued. After installation is complete, the permit will be finalized with an inspection from the city.
How Much Does Septic Tank Installation Usually Cost in Midlothian?
The cost of septic tank installation in Midlothian can vary pretty wildly based on a few different factors. With our status as a commercial center for steel and concrete, prices can be competitive around here. The specifics of your situation though could mean the difference between a $1500 septic install or a $15,000 installation, with an average cost of around $6,500.
How Much Water Your Home Will Potentially Use
The more wastewater your home will potentially produce over its lifetime, the larger your tank’s capacity will need to be. We usually base your needs on the number of bathrooms rather than the number of people who live in your house. Septic tanks last for a long time, and even if you live in a five-bedroom/five-bath with two people, you may sell the home to a family of seven over the next 50 years. Your septic tank is part of your home’s infrastructure and should complement your home no matter what, so it should be built to support the wastewater that your home is capable of outputting at full capacity.
Replacement or New Install
Whether we’re installing a new septic system for a new home or replacing an old and failing septic tank will matter a lot for the price. While it’s true that for a replacement we won’t likely have to install pipes for your drain field, replacements can commonly be more expensive than new installs. With a new install, we know what’s under the place we’re digging – more dirt. With a replacement, we could run into all sorts of unexpected problems in the existing plumbing, and could potentially be dealing with a costly environmental hazard if the old tank is ruptured.
The Soil and Topography of Your Property
Our soil can pose some real challenges for both excavation and drainage in this area. Our soils here tend to be incredibly heavy in clays and so expand when wet. This can lead them to become very dense and almost impossible for water to permeate over time. Depending on the specific soil composition of your land, we may have to make the drain field on your septic system a little larger, which means more investment. With soils that don’t drain well, you have to spread recycled wastewater out further, so as not to overwhelm any other part of your property.
The last stage of your septic filtration process is wastewater running through the soil. This separates out the particles that may be harmful to us but may be hugely beneficial to organisms growing in the soil. If this last step of filtration isn’t working right, you can create quite a mess on your land. Septic pooling from inefficient and insufficient absorption in a drain field isn’t just a risk of a smelly annoyance, but potentially a toxic hazard with serious implications for your health. That’s simply not worth the risk for your family or the environment, so we’ll need to plan as big a drain field as your soil requires.
The topography and layout of your property could also complicate an installation and thus affect the cost. With most conventional septic tanks, gravity is utilized to push waste through the system and eventually out the perforated pipes running through the drain field. If your land has slopes on it that prevent us from creating a system like this, we may have to look at other options like incorporating pumps to maintain flow. This involves electricity in your system, which not only costs you upfront, but will also add to your electricity bills monthly.
What Type of Septic Tank Is Best For Residents in Midlothian?
Without knowing the specifics of your land, it’s tough to say exactly what type of septic tank would be best for you. Though we respect the steel industry and love the mill here in town, steel septic tanks have a lot of drawbacks. Steel’s protective coating eventually will wear down, leading to corrosion. It’s not uncommon for steel septic tanks to need to be replaced after 20 to 30 years. Plastic tanks don’t necessarily corrode, but they can be easily damaged by shifts in the surrounding clay soils, or by impact from above such as a truck tire that went just barely too close to the tank. When possible, concrete tanks offer the most durability against both time and pressure, but there will be some situations in which each type of tank has its advantages.
The topography of your land will also affect what is best for your septic system. For conventional septic systems, they’ll typically need to be designed in such a way that gravity naturally propels waste towards your tank and wastewater towards your drain field. If this isn’t possible on your particular property, we may have to think outside the box and look for alternative septic systems, or use pumps to propel waste.
How Often Do Homeowners in Midlothian Need to Have Their Septic Tank Inspected?
Under Texas law, there’s no requirement specifying a certain frequency that you must have inspections of your septic tank, but the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recommends contacting professionals like us to pump and clean your septic tank at least every 3-5 years, with more frequent inspections by our team to ensure that your system is working as intended. The more frequently you can schedule inspections with us the better, as paying attention to and addressing issues in your septic system before they turn into huge problems that require costly repairs or cause damage to your property could save you a huge amount of money in the life of your home.
Of course, as we discussed above, you’ll still need to go through Ellis County for any permits for actual repairs. Though you won’t need a permit for regular maintenance like inspections or cleanings, you’ll need a permit from the city for any repairs, new hookups, or alterations to your septic tank.
Are There Any Rebates Available For Septic Tank Services in Midlothian?
Unfortunately, there are no rebates available for septic tank services in the Midlothian area. We do, however, fall under the 50,000 person threshold for what the USDA considers rural rather than urban at our population of around 33,000. This means that there are several USDA programs that may be able to provide assistance with septic upgrades. The EPA also has a list of funding assistance programs specifically designed for improvements and replacements of septic systems.