Important Installation Advice for a Domestic Treatment Plant and Tank

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Important Installation Advice for a Domestic Treatment Plant and Tank

Important Installation Advice for a Domestic Treatment Plant and Tank

22 September 2016
Environmental, Blog

If you're purchasing a domestic treatment plant, meaning an alternative sewage system such as a septic tank, you may be able to install the system yourself. The pipes need to be connected to your home's main sewer lines and then to the tank, which should be set partially underground in a designated area. Obviously, this job is not as simple as connecting a garden hose to an outside spigot or burying a water storage tank, so note a few tips on how to do this properly. This will help reduce the risk of damaging the pipes or tank and of suffering overflows and spills.

Check on building codes

Your local building codes may dictate how far away from your home you need to install the tank for your domestic treatment plant, and it can be good to consider these codes as just a minimum recommendation. For instance, if local codes state that the tank must be at least 15 meters away from a residential home, you might set it some 25 or 30 meters away, for added protection against noticing bothersome odors. 

Added distance also gives your home more protection from damage if the tank should overflow or leak. The further away the tank, the less likely any spillage will reach your home before it can be contained. Whatever your plans for its placement, however, be sure that you check with your local city clerk's office first to find out those building codes.

Avoid damage

Never install your tank anywhere where it might be run over by a lawnmower or tractor, an ATV, or children's bikes. Even if you don't hit the pump or cap of the tank with a mower blade, these pieces may not be able to support the weight of anything running over it, even a child's bike, and they easily could snap or break. Also, don't place the tank too close to a roadway or driveway, as the vibrations from vehicle traffic may compromise its strength and lead to leaks or ruptures.

Rocky soil

If your property has very rocky soil, you might do well to call a professional installer for your domestic treatment plant. Rocks can easily put undue pressure on the tank and pipes connected to it, causing ruptures and leaks. In some cases, it may be recommended that your property's soil be extracted and replaced with a layer of softer topsoil. This will ensure your treatment system is protected from unnecessary damage and is always properly supported by the soil.

For more information, contact Econocycle or a similar company.

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Kids like the idea of looking after the environment as soon as they can relate to the issues. I have been working on ways to make sure that my kids understand that the ways that they can help the environment, and how important small changes can be to save energy and the environment. They are some of the biggest cheerleaders of energy efficiency once they have understood how important it is. This blog has tips on how to teach children about saving energy as well as some resources to help provide positive reinforcement when they do save energy at home.