Installing Your Own Septic System

If you’re a home or cabin owner who’s contemplating installing your own septic system, there’s a lot to consider. Even the most advanced “Do It Yourself” expert needs to do their homework. Before you plan your project, buy your material, and break ground, make sure you ask some important questions and find the right answers. 

Septic Tank Size

The decision of what size tank you need for your septic depends largely on where you’re installing it and what size family and use you’re accommodating for. Generally speaking, septic owners should expect each person in the home to produce 50-100 gallons of wastewater a day when you consider bathing, laundry, dishwasher use, garbage disposal usage, along with the many other products, services, and add-ons that use water (add-ons like swimming pools, hot tubs, irrigation and watering, and water softeners). Of course, the more of these you have, and the bathrooms you have, and the more people you have using them, the more wastewater you’ll produce. So make sure the tank you choose can accommodate the people, appliances, and habits of your home or cabin. 

Installation Expertise 

Many do-it-yourselfers take care of all sorts of projects around their homes or cabins. They manage just fine with installations, repairs, and maintenance issues. The problem with the installation of a septic system is that with so many specific components relying on each other to function properly, too many variables can become potential significant issues. Aside from the size of your tank, you also need to make sure that each component is properly in place, that each step of the system’s natural processes is able to function, and that routine and simple septic maintenance is possible. These can only happen if you’ve installed your septic properly. 

Frequency of Use

A septic system that is left alone for long periods of time, like at a cabin or at a home that is empty in the winter, requires a different schedule for service as well as a thorough understanding of its vulnerabilities and service needs. If you’re installing a septic in your home, you’d be wise to opt for a larger tank and a professionally installed system. If you’re gone in the winter where arctic temperatures can stick around for extended periods, make sure you’re accommodating as such. If it’s at a cabin, you may be able to get a way with a smaller tank or a less sophisticated system, but maintenance becomes something you must be much more intentional about. 


An improperly installed septic system is a liability for the entire life of your septic and can cause significant damage to your home if even the smallest detail is neglected. And it’s probably safe to say that a septic issue is one of the worst kinds of issues. 

As a septic company, we obviously recommend you have invest in a professional septic installation to eliminate the risks that come with a lack of experience. But even if you’ve opted to install it yourself, we’re here to help, with expertise in inspections, installations, maintenance, and planning. 

Contact Septic Check for the septic installation help you need.