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Any time you have work done on your home or property, you want to be sure that it is done right, and one project where you definitely can’t afford mistakes is the installation of your septic tank.

Septic tanks are essential for those not connected to a municipal sewage system. So, when your old tank begins to fail, not only does your new one need to be installed correctly, but you will also want it to be done quickly to limit the amount of time that you will be without water.

While the process may vary depending on whether this is a replacement tank or a completely new system, here are the steps we follow to ensure minimal disruption and a return to normal life with a new septic tank:


If this is the first time a tank is being installed, an assessment is necessary to evaluate the site’s suitability for a septic tank system. Factors to consider include the type of soil, level of groundwater, and local regulations.

Design and Obtaining Permits

For a new installation, a septic system designer should be consulted to create a plan for installation, taking into account the anticipated water usage for the number of residents and the size of the home. Once finalized, the design must be approved by relevant local authorities.


At this stage, a sufficiently large hole must be made to accommodate the tank, using a backhoe or an excavator. The exact size is determined by the tank’s specifications, soil type, and local regulations.

Placing the Tank

Once the hole is made, the tank will be carefully installed and positioned according to the design plans. The inlet and outlet pipes will be connected, allowing for the inflow of wastewater and the outflow of effluent. If necessary, a distribution box may be installed, which will evenly distribute wastewater to the drain field.

Installing the Drain Field

Also known as the leach field, the drain field uses a series of pipes that are buried in gravel-filled trenches and perforated to allow the effluent to drain into the surrounding soil, where it is naturally purified.

Backfilling and Compaction

When the tank and drain field are in place, the hole is carefully backfilled with soil in layers, with each layer compacted to prevent settling and provide the necessary structural integrity for the septic system.

Connecting and Testing the System

Now that everything is in place, the septic tank is connected to your home’s plumbing system, allowing wastewater to flow to the tank. The entire system will be thoroughly inspected and tested for leaks, proper water flow, and to assess its capacity.

Final Steps

Following the installation and testing, the drain field will be covered in topsoil and every effort is made to return the area to its original condition, either by planting grass seed or installing sod. Final documentation will be completed according to local regulations.

Because the installation of a septic tank is a complex process that requires careful planning and attention to detail, it should always be left to professionals who can ensure that it is done correctly. Hiring a licensed contractor with the appropriate level of experience will provide you with a safe and effective new septic system.

To ensure a seamless and reliable septic tank installation, trust the expertise of Sod Crew. Our licensed professionals are equipped to handle every step of the process, from assessment to final documentation. Don’t risk costly mistakes or delays – contact us today at 778-809-0506 for a consultation and let us provide you with a new septic system that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.