Money Spent So Far:
$9500 + Property
Time Spent So Far:
200 Hours on Site + Planning
It took us two days to put these two pipes in the ground.
Yes, we might be slow, working without a crew of contractors, often with kids running wild on the hill. But there is good reason these two pipes consumed two full days for the Ram with his Dad's help. Because you see, these pipes connect to a septic tank.
There's more to a septic system than a strange looking tank, two pipes, and a run from the drains.
When you flush, it swirls down the pipes, and down the sewer line to the septic tank. The septic tank has a baffle in it that keeps solids in but lets fluids drain through. It's the solids that you pump every so often. But the fluids pass through and go into either a leach field or a drain field. Eventually, the wastewater filters through soil and purifies, re-entering the water tables.
And although our septic system has functioned perfectly for years with a leach tank (installed by the multi-talented Real Alaska Man a decade ago) we were recommended by several professional sources to use a drain field. From information we gathered, a drain field system will be more effective, last longer, and is less expensive and easier to install.
I'll agree with all but the "easier to install" part.
It all begun with Snort digging trenches. Then we rented a backhoe from our local Heavy Equipment Rental spot (Snort does alot of things, but backfilling isn't his forte) and filled the bottoms of trenches with leach rock.
This is regular gravel, or what they might call pit run.
This is leach rock. It's simply gravel run through a screen, so only rocks of a certain size are sorted out. Leach rock drains really well, ensuring the leach field does not back up into the septic tank. We had to have the leach rock delivered from a local gravel pit.
Once the leach rock was placed in the bottoms of the trenches, and graded to the satisfaction of the Boss
, we layed special pipes on top of the leach rock.
These pipes are indeed special. I know because we paid extra because they have holes in them. Think of them like designer jeans, holes = $$$$$$$. Trust me, you want holey pipes. Everybody has them.
Once the leach field and tank are all connected, everybody gets a blanket of foam just in case we have one of those winters, and then a nice comfy layer of sand. And then we backfilled the whole system, leaving just two pipes sticking out of the ground from the septic tank.
And there you have it, a do-it-yourself septic system. We did have the system installation quoted by a local contractor for $8200. Ram price? $5000. Not bad, not bad at all. An extra $3000 is a set of appliances for Mom.
Oh, and Mom, you can now flush.
If there was a toilet to flush.