Design – Planning & Filing
Experienced and hands on in all aspects of your project, we design type 1, 2 & 3 systems. We are involved with your project from the concept through the design and filing – onto the install – then finally the as built plans with specifications.
– We believe projects should be done right the first time kept within budget
– We want your system to be trouble free and last a lifetime!
– Our goal is to design the simplest system practical while meeting or exceeding current standards.
– We also Inspect and maintain aging systems; this gives us an understanding of the technologies that stand up through time – we implement this in our designs.
Your property and needs might best suit:
(a) Conventional gravity system
(b) Type 1, 2 or 3 pressure system
(c) Type 1, 2 or 3 drip dispersal system
Within the above three categories, there is multiple ways to design systems these days. Depending on the available soils and site constraints, your property might best suit:
– Trickle or dosed gravity
– Demand, timed or micro dosing with pump(s) and controls
– Seepage bed or trenches
– At grade or raised system
– Sand mound
These and many other things are worth considering during system selection. It’s important to decide on the system and components that will best suit your property and needs to assure your system will function effectively for the long term.
We purposely do not align with any particular brands or dealers. This way, we feel free to select the most appropriate materials for your needs and budget.
“We believe in loyalty – loyalty to our customers”
There are 3 main steps involved when designing a new onsite wastewater system:
1. Site Evaluation
2. Planning & Filing
3. As Built Drawings & Specifications with Operations & Maintenance Manual (this comes after the install)
The first step (Site Evaluation) is very important; it is often split into 3 steps: Site visit / Recon & soil testing
1. Site visit / Recon & soil testing
2. Draft concept layout
3. Budget / Quote
– Prior to step 1, we ask the property owner to fill out a usage form, providing information such as the size of the home, number of bedrooms, and other details that help us understand our clients’ needs and vision for their property.
– During step 1, we walk the property with the owner to get a sense of their plans and long-term goals of the property to help them determine the most suitable location for components.
1. We use a permeameter to test the soils ability to absorb moisture (see pic above)
2. By hand or mini excavator, we dig a minimum of 2 test holes to verify vertical separation constraints such as seasonally high water table or bedrock.
3. We test the soils texture, structure, consistency, and gravel content.
– We look for horizontal constraints such as break out points, water bodies, wells, etc.
– We then do up a draft design and concept layout to verify that the system will fit appropriately while meeting standards and our client’s vision for their property.
– A budget and payment schedule is discussed /confirmed – now it’s time to move onto step 2.
– We put together an Initial Filing Package, including a Site Evaluation Report and a Record of Design with Proposed drawings and Specifications.
– We stamp and file the Initial Filing with the local Health Authority. Once received, they pass the documents onto the local municipality for your building permit. Now the system can be installed.
– We are generally installing our own systems but if another contractor is installing our design, we are on site during key stages for oversight.
– Once installed, we commission the system. This is a process where all aspects are tested and recorded to establish a baseline. As built specifications are verified, locations of components are measured and recorded for as built drawings.
– We put together a final registration package that includes as built specifications, drawings, plus an Operations Manual and a Maintenance Plan. This info along with a Letter of Certification is stamped and filed with the Health Authority. We give our clients a digital and hard copy of this information along with their warranty and installation pictures.
This is our community too!
Whether it’s a type 1, 2 or 3 system, the intent is the same – to re-charge clean & treated – back to the ground water.
“We all live downstream”
The key to a long lasting system is a good relationship between proper design & installation. We do both – the same technicians who were there during the planning stage with clip board and calculators are there with their steel toe boots & installation equipment.
– We are fully insured
– We own and operate our own heavy equipment
– We plumb our own systems
– We are not afraid of shovels and rakes
– We install everything from the septic tank to the dispersal field
– We take pride in being on time and on budget
– We leave you with a clean and tidy finished product.
With 20 years in the excavating – plumbing & contracting business – we have the experience to install your system in a safe and proper manner.