Installing a septic tank for the first time seems like such an easy process, right? It is not as simple as you would like to think. For example, there are a number of permits and licenses involved before you can even begin to use your new septic system.
Certification and Licensing for the Contractor
Every state requires that a septic installation contractor is licensed and certified. That is one license and one certification right there before your septic project even begins. Before you hire the contractor, ask to see license and certification.
Licensing for the Inspector
No property project is considered complete without an inspection. You may have more than one inspection and more than one inspector come through. One is for the county and state in which you dwell. Another might be from your homeowner's insurance company since they will want their own confirmation of a working septic system on your property. However many inspections and inspectors drop by, all of them have to be licensed to conduct the inspection. All of these licensures have to be current before they step foot on your property.
Installing a septic system requires an excavation permit. In most states, it is illegal to excavate, construct, demolish, and/or erect anything without a permit. Despite the fact that you are located out in a rural area, your property is still part of a township and a county. These governing bodies require that any such work has a permit to go with it.
If you attempt to install a septic system without the permit, there are some hefty fines to follow. Additionally, if your septic system later runs afoul and causes problems for the environment, the water table, and/or your nearest neighbors, you are facing very unpleasant consequences. Taking the time to apply for, pay for, and receive the excavation permit is just smarter.
Septic System Certification and Inspection
Your system, once installed, also has to be inspected and certified. A licensed home inspector has to come out to your property, examine and inspect your new septic system to make sure it is up to code and meets local regulations, and then provide you with a certificate attesting to the fact that the system is safe to operate. Without this certification, you will still have to utilize other means to bathe, wash clothes and dishes, and go to the toilet. Jumping in to use your system without the certification also results in hefty fines.
For more information, contact a company like Rob's Septic Tanks Inc today.