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Soil Testing

The first step in replacing your septic system consists of determining the type of soil present in your yard. This is required by the local Health Department to ensure that the type of system we install will meet the Public Health Code, specific to your environment. Skips Wastewater Services excavates test holes while a Registered Sanitarian from the Health Department takes soil readings on-site. A percolation hole is dug and filled with water to measure how fast the soil absorbs liquid. An up-to-code design can then be created for your yard.

The System Design

Type of soil, size and topography of the yard, and other variables require different septic system designs. Working with the homeowner, we outline multiple options and determine the best possible type and placement of system for the yard. Once the design plan is approved by the Health Department, a “Permit to Construct” is issued and construction can begin.

Installing the system

Installing a septic system often requires significant excavation of the yard. Topsoil is removed and stockpiled for future use. Any patio, shrub, retaining wall, walkway, that must be removed will be replaced at the end of the job. Pictures are taken throughout the installation process. The Health Department inspects the installation process on-site to ensure that the system is consistent with the design plan. Once the septic system has been installed, it is carefully backfilled and the existing topsoil is replaced. The area is then raked, seeded, and hayed to return the yard to its normal condition.