Are you a homeowner who needs a new septic system or septic tank in Colorado Springs? What if you need to perform maintenance and repairs on the septic system you already have? It is important for you, the homeowner or property managers, to understand what services are available to you. The information below will assist you with some general information regarding septic systems.
Maintaining and Purchasing a Septic Tank System in El Paso County
Regular maintenance on your system is generally having your system pumped every two years to remove any sludge material. You can have this performed by a licensed on-site wastewater system cleaner in El Paso County.
New Septic Tank and System Installation, Repair or Replacement:
If you are building a new home, adding an addition onto your home, or if your current system fails and you require a new system and leach field there are several steps you will take to determine your needs and the cost of the new system.
First, the El Paso County Department of Public Health will require a Soils Analysis test by a licensed engineer. In order for the soils engineer to do his/her job, you will need to hire a contractor to dig one or more Profile Pits for this analysis to take place. El Paso County has a list of these licensed engineers on their website: http://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/services/site-wastewater-treatment-systems.
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A profile pit is an 8’ deep section of soil dug in the area where you will eventually have your leach field.
Once the soils analysis is completed, the type of system needed is determined, and the El Paso County Department of Public Health issues a permit to proceed. Spotted Dog Excavating can provide you with a free estimate at this point to help you understand the costs of the new system. A gravity-fed system can be designed and installed by Spotted Dog Excavating. An engineered system must be designed by one of the licensed engineers listed on the El Paso County Department of Public Health website, and then it can be installed by Spotted Dog Excavating.
Understanding the Timeline of a Septic Installation:
A soils analysis can take up to three (3) weeks to schedule with one of the licensed engineers listed on the El Paso County Department of Public Heath website. This is important to consider if you are adding an addition to your home and need to schedule other contractors in your project timeline.
A profile pit can be dug within 72-96 hours of the initial call to Spotted Dog Excavating.
Once the soils analysis is provided to the El Paso County Department of Public Health, they require up to five (5) days to issue a permit to proceed with the work.
When a permit is issued, Spotted Dog Excavating can get your project scheduled and for a gravity-fed system*, complete installation is finished in 3-5 days. After the installation, the El Paso County Department of Public Health will return for a final inspection within 24 hours and after approval, the new system can be backfilled and covered.
*If your septic system must be an engineered system, the installation timeline will depend on the type of system designed by the approved engineer.
Start on Your Septic System Project Today!
Spotted Dog Excavating is a Licensed On-site Wastewater Treatment System Installer in El Paso County. We are happy to help you with your septic repairs, septic replacements, and new septic installations in Black Forest, Monument and surrounding areas of El Paso County. Feel free to contact us so that we can help you understand the process of septic system installation as well as provide you with a free estimate for your new system. Call us today!