A "soil test"
is generally required whenever someone wants to:
- Replace an existing
- Divide land into
- Build on an existing
parcel, which has had no previous (or incomplete) soils work.
- Add on to an
existing home (when the addition exceeds a certain % of the home size).
- Retention Pond Analysis
A "soil test"
is usually one of the first steps taken in most land development and
construction projects. Governing agencies who issue the sanitary, and
other necessary building permits, require the soils information at an
early stage in the process. This test and its associated information
will determine the type, size, and location of the septic system.
Please call us early
on in your construction and land planning projects. Six months to one
year ahead of a desired "start of construction" date is not
too soon. Our detailed soil analysis reports have no expiration date.
Most soil tests
are done with the use of a full size backhoe. Pits are dug large enough
to allow a Soil Tester to closely view and document the soil type and
layering found at various depths. Soil conditions can and will differ
from property to property. Some will qualify for a conventional (in-ground)
system; others will require a mound or some type of above ground system.
Circumstances and practices that will shorten the life of
any septic system:
- Grease –
Grease and animal fats solidify at room temperature and form a solid
mass inside your septic system, which cannot be broken down. Grease
should be treated as garbage and kept out of your septic system.
waste entering your septic system – Such as:
will not decompose in your septic system and may plug the lines, baffles,
and drainfield perforations.
- Cotton Swabs
- Dental Floss
- Hand Wipes
- Infant Wipes
- Chemicals –
Oil & Degreasers
will kill septic tank bacteria which results in a severe decline
in decomposition of septic tank solids, allowing this solids build
up to flow out into the drain field.
- Overloading –
- Leaking plumbing
drainfield, and/or septic tank.
- Surge loading
from high water usage, such as from washing many loads of cloths
in one day verses a load or two a day.
- Clear Water Discharges
– Such as:
- Water softener
These are all
considered "clear water", which may be disposed of into
the ground, separate from the septic system.
- Surface drainage.
Steps should be taken to divert the flow of surface snowmelt and rainwater
away from your septic field area. Roof downspouts, driveway runoff
and drainage swales should be directed away from the septic system
A few tips and things you can do to prolong the life of a new or existing
- Do not use a garbage disposal.
- Do not use septic system additives.
- Have your septic tank(s) pumped every 1 to 2 years.
- Have a filter installed into your septic tank.
- Install water saving fixtures in your home.
- Keep parked vehicles and heavy traffic off the drainfield area.