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Septic Compliance for Home Renovations


Updating septic during a home addition

When renovating to add new bedrooms to your home, or adding a new outbuilding such as a barn or guest house, you will need to revise your septic system permit and, likely, upgrade your septic system.

Your local health department determines the capacity needed for your septic system based on the number of bedrooms in your home. You may also have an older system that no longer meets current health department requirements.

Here’s how to get started on your building permit when it comes to septic compliance:

First, you will need to know how many bedrooms your current system is sized to serve and whether it is working properly. Your county health department should have a record and will tell you their procedure for checking if the current system is working properly or out of date.

Next, if the system needs a new or expanded dispersal area, you will need a new soils report. We can connect you with a soils specialist in your area, free of charge.

Then, you’ll need to decide how you are going to disperse the treated effluent. You have three main options:

  1. Find out if you can renew your NPDES permit to discharge effluent off your property if you have such a permit;
  2. Understand if a conventional leach field or mound will work; or
  3. Explore a more modern dispersal technology to fit your home’s new needs.

Finally, you will need an understanding of your best options for expanding and upgrading your system.

Before you begin, contact Tangent Company. We can help you through this process from the beginning. We’ll help you understand your options before you start engaging with the health department, soils experts and other contractors.

You can feel confident that you will find a septic solution that meets your updated needs while staying in compliance every step of the way.

Call Tangent Company at 440-557-4936 or send us a message below.

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