Septic System Installations

The process of replacing a failed septic system can be an intimidating undertaking for homeowners. Most homeowners know very little about their septic system, so when a system fails it can create anxiety.

Below you will find an outline of the process for the design and installation of a typical septic system. As you begin to understand what to expect, we hope the experience will be less intimidating for you.

Design and Installation process at a glance:

  • Design: Contract with a Septic System Designer
    Soil Testing
    System design plan
    Submit plan for approval to local Board of Health.*
    Submit plan to Conservation Commission, if required. (This is usually an additional cost.)
    * Some plans will require approval by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
    * Some advanced system also require a specific maintenance contract.
  • Installation: Contract with a licensed Septic System Installer.
    Installer pulls construction permit with local Health Agent.
    Installs septic system as per approved system design plan.
    Periodic inspections are required by local Health Agent and Designer.
  • As Built Plan:
    To be performed by System Designer prior to backfilling the system. (Some designers charge additional for this phase, so make sure you ask them up front.)
  • Landscaping:
    To be done by System Installer, Landscaper or Homeowner.
  • Certificate of Compliance:
    Designer submits as built plan to local Health Agent for final sign off.
    Certificate of Compliance is required to be signed by Designer and Installer.

As stated earlier, the system installation process can be very intimidating. Be sure you get references for your system designer and installer. Recommendations are the best. Talk to neighbors and others who have had recent installations. If you have a good relationship with your septic service company talk to them.