Septic Installation differs with Different Tanks

If you are building a septic system for a mobile home or a septic system for a manufactured home in Redding, there are small differences in the way septic installation takes place, based upon the type of tank you use.  Tanks generally come in either plastic/fiberglass, concrete, metal or homemade.

Homemade tanks are the least reliable of the bunch; they are prone to structural failure and often leak, contaminating ground water.  It is strongly recommended that you use any other tank rather than try to make one yourself.

The Basics-
To install a septic tank you usually need permission and permits from the city.  If you are doing the job yourself you will need to go down to the township offices and find out what is required to complete the job legally.  There are certain fees required, a number of licenses including building licenses, septic system permits, utility and water rights permits and more.

Once you have all your paperwork in place, it is time to dig the hole.  Rent a small back hoe to make the job easier.  Make sure that you create a hole that is both deep enough and wide enough to easily insert the tank.  Dig out the areas needed for pipes and the leach field at the same time.

Tank Basics-
Concrete tanks are heavy, solid and difficult to maneuver.  You will need to arrange placement of the tank with the seller. If it is a two part tank, make sure that plenty of mastic is used at the joint.  Once the tank is installed, you can continue your project.

Fiberglass or plastic tanks are quite light.  They can usually be handled by a few people in a decent-sized pickup truck.  It is easier to get these tanks in the ground with some help from a few good friends, but they are most likely to pop out of the ground in a flood when the soil is saturated.

Metal tanks are heavier than plastic but lighter than concrete. The major problems cited with metal tanks are rust, dents, and cracks at the welds.  Metal tanks are in many ways quiet menaces, since you often won’t know that there is a rust problem until something gives way.

Once the tank and pipes are in place, back fill the area around the tank carefully to ensure that there are no air pockets.  You will want to fill the tank with water before you start using it in order to ensure proper operation from the start.  Septic installation can be managed by an enthusiastic homeowner, but having a professional do the work is considerably easier and a lot safer.