If you live off the grid, chances are you don’t have access to a public sewer. Unless you buy a property that already has one, you’ll need to set up your own sanitation system. If you plan to tackle this task on your own, as is normal with living unplugged, make sure you build a septic or treatment system that won’t cost you trouble or hefty fines in the future. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
There are many factors to consider when designing a home sewage system. These include the location and number of people using the toilet, the percolation area, the design and materials used to build the tank, as well as the discharge area if you plan to treat the wastewater elsewhere.
To determine which percolation method is ideal for your property, have a soil test performed. This will determine if the soil quality is good enough for the technique or if you need to consider alternative methods such as sewer discharge.
The Right Sewer Tank or Treatment Plant
There are many different types of sewerage systems, with concrete and plastic being the most common materials. Concrete tends to be sturdier, but it would require a lid, which, when improperly place, could make the structure susceptible to leakages. Plastic tanks are durable and come as a complete package. When going for the plastic option, make sure it meets the standards in your area. Reinforced plastic is the best, and in most cases, as reliable as concrete.
To ensure proper installation, it’s best to consult with a professional or have a technician help you out. While there’s an added expense to this option, a professional will ensure the system is well-ventilated to avoid foul smells and accessible for maintenance and repair procedures. If you can’t commit to maintaining it regularly, then it’s best to have a contractor do it for you.
Although you can install a septic or sewer treatment system on your own, letting a professional handle it or help you out ensures you’re using the right materials and procedures. Correct installations guarantee that the system will serve you for a long time and won’t lead to hefty fines in the future.