Becoming An Incredible General Contractor

When I started my own construction business, I was more concerned about racking up customers and winning bids than I was about customer service. Unfortunately, without a little bit of a personal touch, I started having trouble claiming repeat business. Fortunately, a friend of mine talked with me about developing my brand and being nicer to customers. I started really talking with people and trying to understand their construction goals. I want you to have a more successful construction business, which is why I started up this website. Here, you will find helpful tips for communicating effectively with clients and working with business partners.

What to Expect When You Have a Septic System Installed

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Installing a new septic system is a complex process that requires careful design and planning. The first step is to consult with a contractor who will help you design the ideal layout for the drainfield and the best location for the tank. After that, the hard work begins. Here is a quick overview of the process.

Permits and Inspections

Since a septic system could be a public safety hazard if it isn't installed correctly, you'll need to have the proper permit to install one. Once the system is in place and before it's covered over, it will need to be inspected to make sure everything is okay. The inspector will check the depth of the trenches and make sure the tank is level. He or she will also look for things like tight seals and the correct slope level. Your local inspector will want to verify your plans are good and that all the work meets local codes and standards.

Excavation of the Pit and Trenches

Excavating your yard is one of the most difficult and dangerous aspects of installing a septic system. The type of soil you have affects the difficulty of this process, too. Sandy soil has a tendency to collapse, so it is difficult to maintain the shape of the pit. Clay soil can be very heavy and hard to dig out. This is one reason digging for a septic system is not usually a DIY project unless you have experience working with heavy equipment. The contractor must dig a pit to hold the septic tank and trenches to hold the pipes that go into the drain field. The pit has to be perfectly level and the pipes need to have the right slope so gravity can drain waste out of your home and on through the system.

Installation of the Components

Next, the contractor places the septic tank into the pit and connects it to the sewer drain from your home. The size of the tank is determined during the planning phase. The number of people in your family and how often you want to have the tank pumped out are two factors the contractor takes into consideration when choosing the best tank to install. PVC pipes are then placed in the drain field trenches and connected to the tank so liquid waste can flow through them and drain into the soil to be filtered.

Replacing the Soil

Once everything is in place and has been inspected, the contractor is ready to replace the soil and cover your system from view. The soil needs to be compacted and level so you'll have a nice, beautiful back lawn. You can have sod placed over the area if you want grass in a hurry, or you can plant grass seed and let nature take its course. You'll probably want the contractor to place a riser on top of the tank so it can be easily located when it is time to pump it out. If you don't want a riser in your yard, then make a map to the tank lid so you don't have to dig up your yard looking for it when it's time to clean the tank every few years.

Gravity and bacteria will do most of the work in your septic system. As long as you maintain your system properly by not disposing of trash and chemicals down your drains, it should last for many years. However, if you do something to clog the tank or disrupt the bacteria in the drain field, you may face expensive repairs or have to dig up your system and start over with a new one. For more information or for a septic installation, contact a company like Claggett & Sons Inc.

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10 September 2015