you need to know if you plan to build a home requiring a septic system
|If your building site is
not in a sewered area, you will need a septic system. If properly sited,
designed, and maintained, septic systems can be an efficient and cost-effective
way to treat wastewater in your future home. However, if you are considering
buying a lot and building a house in an unsewered area, there are many
things you need to know.
Septic Systems Work
Living with a septic system
requires a little more responsibility than being connected to a city sewer.
It is a good idea to have a rough idea about the components of the system
and the function of each component.
and site characteristics
Conventional septic systems
work because the soil removes pollutants from the sewage. Learn what soil
inspections need to be done, and what the inspector will look for.
In Indiana, a few types
of alternative systems can be used, provided extensive monitoring is done.
Read this if you have a difficult site, or want to look into alternatives
to conventional septic systems.
Your septic system should
be large enough for your family's present and future needs, based on your
particular site conditions. Read this to understand how your contractor
will design your system, or to participate in its design.
Septic systems require permits
from your county health department. This page tells you more about the
process of obtaining a permit.