We Installed A Gravity Septic System!

hey everybody welcome back to the simple ground homestead I've got something to show you all Audrey and I have been working our buns off to make piles of dirt we've actually just finished putting in our septic system and it's ready for the inspections this is what it looks like so here we have a gravity septic system that uses infiltrator panels and we have three laterals that are 65 feet long this has been a crazy project for us one because my backhoe only half works as you all know I've only had to repair it two or three times during this project plus our space was so limited that it didn't fit very well that was another thing so we did a lot of hand shoveling to finish these off plus I made a bunch of mistakes I don't know how else to say it the biggest mistake was the septic tank itself I misread how I was supposed to do it and I installed it ah let's say foot and a half too deep so I had to have the company come clear back out and lift it back up for me so I could fill in the bottom tamp down the dirt so it wouldn't settle out of whack put it back in man what a job but you know it it was a great learning experience there's a point where I threw my hands up in the air and I'm just like hey I'm going to hire somebody to finish it for me and they quoted me $7,800 7800 yeah I was like Oh kale fix it right hmm anyway I wonder if they quoted me high just to get me to kick my butt in gear fix it right anyway I'll show you some of the components just in case you're trying to build yourself a system like this give you an idea of some of the elements that that I struggled with maybe it'll help you out first of all this is the distribution box it's supposed to be level and inside there are some things that are used to adjust level you see these yellow caps in here they're called speed levels and they they rotate I don't want to rotate them because I adjusted them already they'll rotate to create level our County requires an elbow on the inside man that takes up a lot of space but hey I'm doing what they told me I put dry mortar around my box it'll slowly cure over time and solidify that box that was a suggestion one of the contractors around here gave me I liked the idea I have the lines coming out to the lateral each one needs to be sloped but the box and the laterals are supposed to be perfectly level so these infiltrator panels are just really slick of course the pipe goes in on the top hole and these just click together they're really simple no gravel required you just click them in place pretty slick they went in really fast then at the end observation port whatever it's actually called but that tube you can unscrew the cap and let's down in I went with screw type caps just to make it so I can actually get them off okay you can unscrew it look down into see if the system's full how it's working one of the big questions I had was how do I attach to my cement tank and how do I seal it off well these risers I had to buy some mortar mix and I put this mortar mix on to seal the risers this is how they wanted me to do it here in the county here on the inside you see it has a plastic ring that was cast into the tank that helps seal the inside so that's how I've sealed the inside and the outside of the riser there's screws that go in this lid I'll be putting those in later on the outside this particular concrete tank had this rubber boot on the inside and it was pushed in right so I had to push it out cut open the gap and put on this metal ring it seems like it has a pretty good seal my tank has two chambers a big chamber in the small chamber and this is where the line will come in through the house I'm not particularly prepared to poke the hole through the house yet so I wanted to leave this open so I could get the slope right do it all in one shebang there it sounds like the inspector is only interested in seeing how I've connected it to the tank so here I have a baffle that goes right inside there and it comes comes on out so all these infiltrator panels are supposed to be perfectly level I've dug the trenches to be such and another one of my issues learning experiences whatever you may call it is that I dug these at their maximum depth instead of the minimum depth so anybody that's done this million times will look at them and say man those trenches are deep well my maximum depth for my plan was three feet and at the deepest point in each of these they're three feet deep so at on the downward slope the shallowest part is much less than that but the deepest part three feet my goodness plenty of dig in there more than I should have done but it's done right well I'll stop the video here and after my inspections I'll kind of check in with you and let you know how it all turned out see if I make it all the way through the inspections without making any major changes that's my fear my fear is they'll come out and they'll be like major problem you have to remove the whole line or something like that you know fill it in dig a new lateral whatever it may be check in with you on the other side see how it turns out huh all right so good news I just had the County out and he likes it he says I've done a good job and he's going to take it as it is um gave me a few suggestions on how to fill it in without ruining anything really and she said go right ahead hardest awfulest most nasty job that we have done so far nasty as in we just really didn't like digging this thing is approved and now we can begin to slowly fill it in until the engineer looks at it and then I can just fill it in grab that tractor and push dirt in so whoo that's good I'll keep you updated as we go so the engineer came out took all the measurements that he needed and we've been spreading dirt now I think we're going to call it good here for now and that's only because I kind of want to let all the dirt settle in and before I Drive over it more I'm just it's so squishy back there with my little tractor I know it's light and those are deep but I'm still worried about squishing my panels my infiltrator panels so I'm just going to let the dirt that I got in the hole settle will fill in around the little extra places and then here in a week or so I'll come back see where they're low and level things out the best I can but man we are so glad to have this thing done we are tired of septic systems glad to have this flow buried if it's dead and buried actually it's a real life and I want it to be alive and working well so yeah it's exciting one more big thing done if you're new to the channel make sure you go around to our other videos we're building an off-grid yurt and it's coming along really well it's kind of exciting so go ahead check those out don't forget to Like and subscribe so you can see what's coming up next and until next time thanks for watching and thanks for taking this journey with us on simple ground

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