What is a Septic System?
A septic system is basically a large filter for onsite wastewater. Waste is treated, broken down, and then made to percolate through a leach field. Onsite wastewater treatment has come a long way, especially in the last quarter century.
Old school drainfields are built using traditional pipe and gravel. However, today most new septic systems use a plastic vault technology to create the drainfield. Our standard installation uses Infiltrator® systems’ plastic leachfield drainage chambers for a perfect environmental solution to wastewater management.
The vault technology uses no drainrock and no center pipe. The floor of the trench is used to distribute the effluent to the soil. The vaults, besides providing much greater effluent storage capacity than traditional drainrock, also have the advantage of being easy to transport and place in the trench compared with tons of drainrock. Some county health departments will allow a reduced drainfield size if vaults are used.
When older buildings are converted to modern uses many homeowners forget to upgrade the old septic system to match the new layout. Septic systems must take into account modern fixtures, habits and lifestyles.
The septic system should be part of the overall renovation budget to avoid an emergency repair after most of the money on upgrading has been spent. This is just the type of situation and homeowner that NorthState Excavating prefers to help. They’ve come to the aid of new and renovating homeowners for over ten years.
SEWER LINE REPAIR
NorthState Excavating is a licensed contractor in Sewer Line Repair and Installation.
If you’re laying a new sewer line for your home, you’ll have to consider your local codes which may require conditions you aren’t aware of, such as your water and sewer lines need to be 10 feet apart from each other. NorthState Excavating keeps up with city and county codes and will take care of all the permits and paper work for you. It’s really helpful if you have a sewer contractor who is knowledgeable as well as insured to dig trenches for the installation of a new sewer line.
Broken Sewer Pipe?
Sewer lines are one of those things we don’t think about until something goes wrong. You start noticing the problem when you hear gurgling noises from the toilet, or when water drains more slowly than usual, or when a smelly sinkhole appears in your yard.
So,why would a sewer pipe fail?
Although properly installed PVC pipes are supposed to have a lifespan of well over 100 years, older pipes are usually made from clay tile, steel, or some other material that may only last 50 or 60 years. If you have an older home that was built before the late 1980s, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with clay pipes.
It’s common for tree roots to wedge their way into pipes. Trees love the moisture! After a while the roots grow so dense and matted that they plug up the pipe completely. The bad news is that every time you run a snake through your pipes to clear out the tree roots, you damage the sewer line even further.
Sewer pipes can also get clogged up with an accumulation of grease, muck, and other nasty stuff that gets washed down there day after day. And sometimes sewer lines just plain break, collapse, or rot away.
Many licensed plumbers can dig up and replace a sewer line for you. However, the usual domain of the plumber are the pipes inside the home. NorthState Excavating is an expert excavator, which is appropriate to the work you need done.
Nor is it about choosing the best price. Replacing a sewer line is a big job, and you don’t want to hand it over to just anyone. NorthState Excavating has the knowledge and experience to handle all manner of underground sewer installation and repair work.
EXCAVATION and GRADING
Excavation versus Trenches
An excavation is any cut, cavity, trench, or depression made in the ground by earth removal. This can include excavations for anything from cellars to highways. A trench is a narrow underground excavation that is deeper than it is wide.
With top-notch equipment, years of experience, and a commitment to quality, NorthState Excavating is big enough to handle new construction sites, and small enough to help you with your minor grading project.
Grading is about earthmoving. Grading is the process of leveling out high spots or building up low areas. Grading the earth is done to prepare a site for construction or to improve the landscape.
If you are a homeowner looking to build or add on, a realtor needing a new septic system fast, or a contractor/builder seeking a reliable sub-contractor, NorthState Excavating is your solution. We have everything you need to get the job done, no matter the scope of your project.