ICF Mountain Homestead: Installing the Septic System

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We have a lot of earth moving equipment on the property so we're going to take advantage of that and get the septic system installed and check one more big project off the list. We installed a 1000 gallon concrete septic tank and three 75' drain lines, then sleeved the sewer line in a 6" piece of corrugated culvert pipe since the driveway will run over the line.

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25 thoughts on “ICF Mountain Homestead: Installing the Septic System

  1. Hey Jeremy just an idea which makes it really easy we have a septic tank and putting a riser on each lid makes it so much easier you won’t ever have to dig a hole to access the lids or anything just an idea and they’re not very expensive at least here in Montana they’re not

  2. Over the years, keep an eye on (and eliminate) any trees that may sprout up within 30 or so feet of any of your field lines. This will save you a lot of grief. Those roots can travel a long way. Speaking from experience.

    1. AMEN TO THAT! I have an older house (1950’s era) with a connection to city sewer, the pipe from the house to the street is fired clay and a couple of trees have invaded the line. About every 2 – 3 years I have to go rent a powered drain auger from Home Depot to clean it out again!

  3. Gosh, y’all are nearing all parts of the checklist that is the hidden work behind making this home become a reality! I mean so close! I sure hope y’all are as excited as I am. Christmas WILL happen in this home this year!

    1. I’ve lived in my house for 33 years. Had tank “looked at” and the man said I needed no pumping and my system was working well. That was 20 years ago. When no flush, I’ll call him back if he’s still with us. Lynn and Mary

  4. IT took a CAT 320 Excavator a full day with a 6″ hammer to dig the hole for our septic tank. Thankfully he didn’t run into that much solid rock digging the basement. There it was all slate and he just used a Ripper tooth.

    1. Guildbrook Farm – Simple Sustainable Living idk why so many people act like y’all haven’t thoroughly researched everything prior to making decisions related to this build. Y’all have well researched everything else I’ve seen in videos so far.

  5. Keep the trees at least 100 feet from the septic tank and leech field otherwise the tree roots will destroy them in less than 15 years. I didn’t and had to replace them both in 15 years.

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