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When I moved out from the city to the countryside, I knew that there were going to be a few things which I would need to adapt to. I knew that I wouldn't just be able to walk to the nearest 24hr store if I needed to buy more milk at 1 am and I knew that I would have to drive myself places rather than relying on public transport. However, one thing I didn't count on was using a septic tank. When I arrived, I continued to flush all kinds of things down the toilet and this resulted in a nasty blockage. Thankfully, the sanitation contractor who repaired the septic tank also gave me lots of useful advice. I hope this blog proves to be useful.

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Essential planning tips for a commercial septic system installation

Septic tanks are useful waste disposal systems for areas where municipal sewers aren't available. If you're running a business within such areas, you may need to install a septic system. Commercial systems are much different from residential septic tanks. Not only are they larger, but they also require more care on a regular basis. This is why installing a commercial septic tank will require better planning from start to finish.

If you're wondering where to get started, read on to find out the best planning approach for your business.   

1. Get the blueprints from your installer

Even before any digging begins, you should work closely with the septic system installer to design proper blueprints. Blueprints will help future contractors understand the waste disposal system and carry out better servicing.

Technology has made blueprints easier to design and turn into a final structure. Installers now use advanced estimating software to examine your land, soil and other variables that may affect the overall design. When this planning phase is completed, remember to keep a copy of the blueprints for future reference.    

2. Install a tank of the right size

Perhaps the most common mistake that businesses make is to install an undersized or oversized tank. The wrong-sized tank may cause frequent blockages, high operating costs and overflowing drain fields. Furthermore, there are many variables that go into selecting the right septic tank. You should consider the size of your business, how much wastewater will be produced and the size of your drainage infrastructure (such as pipes, etc).

A septic tank professional can help you estimate proper capacity requirements. You can prepare yourself in advance by finding out how many rooms your establishment will have, maximum capacity of occupants and the type of waste produced. This information will help the installer make better decisions for your waste disposal needs.

3. Use porous soil for your drainfield

Another critical planning tip is to have the right type of soil near your business. Porous soils drain much better and they separate wastewater more effectively. If your property has clay or sandy soils, you should consider having landscaping work done to modify porosity accordingly. The goal is for your drainfield to have controlled, porous soils that allow for separation of waste from effluent.

4. Develop a septic tank pumping schedule

Septic systems get full at some point and they'll need to be drained. Make sure you develop a proper pumping schedule with your septic system service provider. Timely pumping will prevent blockages, backflow of wastewater and costly repairs.

Contact a septic tank installation service provider near you today to learn more.