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DIY septic system: Leave it to the professionals

Your septic system is one of the most important structures in your house. If it’s not operating properly, it can result in backflow into your home. This is not only disgusting, it’s a serious health hazard, as well.

Installing a septic system is a job best left to the professionals. It needs to be installed properly, and it’s not something that you want to have to revisit or pay for a second time — two strong possibilities with a DIY septic system.

While you can do plenty of searches on the Internet and find any number of sites willing to tell you how to install a septic system, the truth of the matter is that it is not as simple as websites might make it out to be. It’s easy for someone with little experience to think the job is not particularly difficult; in reality, it’s just the opposite. Looking beyond the fact that the installation must meet specific requirements and building codes, there are other things you need to think about, too.

If the septic system installation is not done right, the waste probably will back up into your house. From there, the costs start mounting, because now you not only have to pay someone to come out to reinstall the septic system, properly, you’re also going to have a great deal of time — and probably money — involved in cleaning up the inside of the house from the backups that occur due to an improper DIY septic installation. Looking beyond the cost and disgust of cleaning up a septic backup from inside the house, consider your water source.

If you have a well on your property, an improperly installed DIY septic system can destroy your water supply. You then might have to have a new well drilled — that is, if the contamination hasn’t affected your entire water table.

Do not put your property at risk. Hire the professionals required to get the job done right the first time. Save your time, health, money, property and water on a job that you just shouldn’t do yourself.

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