If you have a septic tank that discharges to surface water (river, stream, ditch, etc.), you must upgrade or replace your septic tank treatment system to a full sewage treatment plant by 2020, or when you sell a property prior to this date. The new rule applies even if you still own the home over 100 years after installation.
In addition, if you live in an area that is subjected to intensive farming or ranching activities, you should know that these industries can also impact the environment through soil erosion, leaching of toxic chemicals into local water sources, and increased greenhouse gas emissions due to the need for more frequent plowing and grazing of crops/ranches to maintain profit levels.
These environmental issues can be reduced with better management practices and alternative land-use decisions but cannot always be resolved completely due to limitations imposed by site conditions and government regulations.
For example, one common form of intensive agriculture is dairy farming. Dairy farms can contribute nitrates to groundwater that may cause algae blooms and affect the quality of the water for drinking and other uses. Algae blooms can also reduce the amount of oxygen in the water which can lead to hypoxia (low oxygen levels) in nearby lakes or ponds. Hypoxia can be harmful to animals that depend on fish for food by reducing their ability to hunt and eat smaller fish because they lack energy.
If you're planning a substantial makeover in a property with a septic system, keep in mind that any major changes will need the owner first connecting to the public sewer system (provided it's accessible, of course). According to Gray, the state of the septic tank is irrelevant in this scenario because it will no longer be in use. "You can't tear out a septic tank and replace it with a concrete one," he says. "It's illegal."
The owner can choose to have their tank removed at their expense and have another one installed as part of their renovation project, but they would need to find a licensed contractor who specializes in working with sewage systems. Otherwise, they might be forced to pay an unlicensed person who could potentially damage the tank during removal or replacement efforts.
Even if the owner chooses not to have their tank removed, they still need to have their sewage lines inspected by a professional every five years. This ensures there are no problems with the distribution system or tanks themselves. If something does come up when inspectors visit, then the owner will need to address these issues before being allowed to reconnect to the system.
Overall, remodeling a house with a septic system is possible but requires careful planning and execution. It's also important to hire a qualified contractor for work on your sewage system so things go smoothly for you and your family.
Septic tanks that are well-maintained can last up to 40 years. Septic systems are an excellent solution for homeowners searching for an alternative to municipal sewage when properly maintained, including inspections, pumping, and repairs as soon as a problem emerges. The average life span of a residential septic system is 10 to 20 years. Proper maintenance and operations will help your tank function more efficiently throughout its lifespan.
In general, if you keep your septic tank clean and avoid dumping chemicals into it, it should last at least as long as your home does. However, poor maintenance practices can lead to damage that may not be apparent until after you've sold your house. For example, a leaky faucet could waste gallons of water per day - enough to fill a small pool in just a few weeks. This kind of issue would likely not be detected by a home inspection report, which is only designed to look for major problems such as structural defects or inadequate insulation.
Even if your tank doesn't experience any major leaks, it's important to have it pumped annually. This will remove any debris that may have accumulated over time that might prevent it from functioning properly. If your tank isn't pumped regularly, it could lead to overflow issues during a heavy rainstorm or other flood event. Before you sell your house, make sure the tank is empty and seek out a professional pump installer to ensure it gets done correctly.
The majority of septic systems rely on subterranean pipelines to dispose of fluids. A septic tank collects sediments from drains and must be emptied out every two years, thus covering the area is not a smart idea; you must constantly know where to find the tank. Even if it is buried, it will still need to be monitored for leaks.
A system that disperses fluids into soil at least 10 feet away from the nearest fluid drain or sewer line is called "permeable pavement". This type of system can be used instead of a conventional sanitary sewer system in areas where water needs to be removed but not taken to a public facility.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulates wastewater facilities. They require all wastewater treatment systems to have working vents. These vents should be equipped with closure devices such as covers, caps, or plugs. You must keep the lid on your tank closed during storage and transport to prevent any damage or contamination. The DEQ also requires you to provide an annual report on all permeable pavement projects you conduct.
A system that does not disperse fluids into the ground is called a "dry system". Dry systems are used where environmental concerns make it difficult or impossible to place sewer lines below ground. Dry systems include tanks, ponds, and collection systems designed to handle specific types of waste.