Friday, January 10, 2014

Will my septic system fit on my lot?


We have a small piece of property that we want to build our retirement home on, our friends are telling us that once the house is built there won’t be enough room for the septic bed, is that true?


Your friends might actually be right; your property if small enough might not have enough room for the bed of your septic system. Septic beds cannot be placed to close to the house, or wells or under driveways.

But don’t get to worried yet; there are other options then the conventional septic tank with a big tile bed. There are actually septic systems on the market that do not require a septic bed.

The system that doesn’t require the use of a septic bed is called an ECO-FLOW system. The system works like this;

There is a concrete septic tank in the ground on the outside of your home, then the waste flows into another fibreglass holding tank, inside the fibreglass holding tank is filled with pete moss. The pete moss helps eat up all the solids and harmful waste water. From that tank the water flows out into an area of your yard that is filled with sand. That’s it. The system takes up a lot less room then your conventional septic system.

ECO-FLOWS where invented for this very reason, for places that don’t have enough room for a proper septic system.

The best thing you can do is talk to an installer of septic systems, or if you already have a general contractor then talk to them about it. You will surprised at what modern technology is out there for septic systems. The decision will be made well before you start your house on whether your septic system will fit on your lot with your new home, your municipality will require you to submit a plan to them with a layout of where the home sits and where the septic will be installed before you are granted a building permit. As long as you do not violate any of the set backs with your septic system you should be able to build your home.

Rob Abbott
Operations Manager
Village Builders Inc.

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