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The SoCal Guide to Septic Tank Installation: What Every Homeowner Needs to Know

Date Posted: May 30, 2023 1:28 pm


The installation of a septic system is a crucial process that requires experienced professionals to avoid any problems that may arise in the future. Homeowners in Southern California need to be aware of the unique climate and soil conditions that can affect their septic systems. Lanik Septic Service, a fourth generation, locally owned company with over 30 years of experience, specializes in septic tank installations, maintenance, and repair. This guide will provide homeowners with essential information about septic tank installation, including the process, costs, financing options, and maintenance.

Understanding the Basics of Septic Systems

A septic system is an on-site wastewater treatment system that processes and disperses household wastewater (from toilets, showers, sinks, and laundry) into the ground. The three main components of a septic system are:

  1. Septic Tank: A watertight container made of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene that holds the wastewater long enough for solids to settle out (forming sludge) and oil and grease to float to the surface (forming scum).
  2. Leach Field: A series of perforated pipes or chambers that disperse the treated wastewater into the soil.
  3. Advanced Treatment Unit (ATU): An optional addition that provides tertiary treatment of wastewater, removing harmful pollutants and nutrients before the water reaches the leach field.

Septic Tank Installation Process

Septic tank installation requires several steps to be executed carefully to avoid future problems that may arise from an inadequately installed system. The following are the steps involved in the septic tank installation process:

1. Site Evaluation

The first step in septic tank installation is site evaluation, which involves the following activities:

  • Soil Analysis: A professional evaluates the soil type to determine its suitability for a septic system. Soil determines how quickly wastewater will be absorbed and filtered. For example, soils with high clay content may not filter water efficiently, leading to system failure.
  • Percolation Test: This test measures the rate at which water is absorbed into the soil, allowing accurate design and sizing of the leach field. A slower percolation rate may require a larger leach field area or an additional ATU system to treat the wastewater adequately.
  • Site Topography Assessment: A professional assesses the slope, drainage, and other factors that might affect the performance of a septic system. The slope of the site affects the septic tank’s location and the size of the leach field, while poor drainage could result in ponding or flooding, leading to system failure.

2. Permits and Approvals

Local regulations require septic system designs and installations to adhere to regulations set by local health departments and municipalities. The installation process involves acquiring the necessary permits. Lanik Septic Service’s in-house permit processor facilitates faster approvals, ensuring a smooth installation process.

3. Septic Tank Design and Selection

Factors to consider when designing and selecting a septic system include:

  • Size of the Property: Determines the layout and size of the septic tank and leach field. Larger properties may require more extensive septic systems.
  • Number of Bedrooms: More bedrooms typically indicate a higher volume of wastewater, requiring a larger septic tank.
  • Environmental Factors: Soil type and groundwater level affect the design and functionality of the septic system. For example, poor soil conditions may necessitate more robust systems or additional soil preparation.

4. Excavation and Preparation

Excavation and preparation are necessary to ensure that the septic tank is professionally installed. The following are the activities involved in excavation and preparation:

  • Site Preparation: The area must be cleared of any debris or obstacles before excavation can begin. This process ensures that the area is safe for the installation process.
  • Modular Home Foundations and Manufactured Home Site Prep: Lanik Septic Service offers these services to ensure proper installation and functionality of septic tanks in various housing types.

5. Tank Installation

Septic tank installation involves the following:

  • Proper Placement and Securement: The tank must be placed in a level and stable position, ensuring the tank does not shift or become damaged over time. Proper placement ensures that the system functions correctly.

6. Drain Field Installation

The following activities are involved in drain field installation:

  • Leach Field Design: A series of trenches or chambers disperse the treated wastewater into the soil. The design depends on numerous factors, including soil type, percolation rate, and property size.
  • Leach Line Additions: Additional leach lines may be necessary for properties with limited space or specific site conditions. For example, homes located on steep terrain may require additional leach lines to ensure stability of the system.

7. System Start-Up and Inspection

The last step in septic tank installation is system start-up and inspection, which involves the following:

  • Ensuring Proper Function and Compliance: After installation, the system must be inspected to confirm that it meets local regulations and operates efficiently. This step involves testing and adjusting the system’s functionality to ensure optimal performance.
Choosing the Right Contractor

Costs and Financing Options

Septic tank installation costs vary depending on several factors, including the following:

  • Size of the System: Larger systems require more materials, labor, and excavation, increasing the overall cost.
  • Complexity of the Installation: Challenging site conditions or intricate designs may require additional labor or materials, raising costs.
  • Soil Condition: Poor soil conditions might necessitate more robust systems or additional soil preparation.
  • Local Permit Fees: Permitting costs vary depending on location and scope of the project.

Financing options are available for eligible homeowners, making septic system installation more affordable. Lanik Septic Service offers financing options to qualified candidates, including budget-friendly payment plans.

Choosing the Right Contractor

Selecting a C-42 Licensed Contractor like Lanik Septic Service is crucial in ensuring that the septic tank installation process is completed professionally. Reputation and experience play a significant role in selecting the right contractor, as does the importance of customer reviews and referrals. Lanik Septic Service’s client base comprises mostly repeat customers and referrals – a testament to their reliable workmanship, affordable prices, and honest business practices.

Septic System Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Regular septic tank pumping and cleaning, along with prompt septic tank and leach field repairs, can help avoid costly issues overall. Homeowners should be vigilant for signs of potential problems and seek professional help when necessary. Some common troubleshooting issues on septic systems include:

  • Foul Odors: An unpleasant smell indicates that gases are not escaping from the system properly. Regular septic tank pumping and cleaning can help avoid these kinds of problems.
  • Slow Drains: Slow drains could indicate buildup in the plumbing system or a full septic tank.
  • Sewage Backup: An emergency situation that usually requires a professional to fix.


Proper septic tank installation and maintenance are essential for Southern California homeowners. With their unparalleled experience, expertise, and customer satisfaction, Lanik Septic Service is the go-to provider for reliable and affordable septic system solutions in the region. Contact Lanik Septic Service at (951) 676-7114 for expert septic tank installation, repair, and maintenance services in Southern California.

Don’t hesitate to contact Lanik Septic Service at (951) 676-7114 for expert septic tank installation, repair, and maintenance services in Southern California. Their office, located at 28822 Old Town Front St Suite 210B, Temecula, CA 92590, is available from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, to answer your questions and provide top-notch service. With Lanik Septic Service, homeowners can rest assured that their septic systems are well cared for.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How often should I pump my septic tank?

The frequency of septic tank pumping depends on several factors such as the size of the tank, the number of occupants in the household, and the amount of wastewater generated. On average, a septic tank should be pumped every 3-5 years. However, it is recommended to consult a professional like Lanik Septic Service for personalized advice based on your specific circumstances.

2. How do I know if my septic system is failing?

Some signs of a failing septic system include foul odors, sewage backup, slow drains, lush and green patches of grass over the leach field or standing water near the septic tank. If you notice any of these signs, seek professional help from a septic service provider like Lanik Septic Service immediately.

3. What can I do to maintain my septic system?

To maintain your septic system, follow these recommendations:

  • Pump your septic tank regularly as per the advised schedule.
  • Limit the use of harsh chemicals that may disrupt the natural bacteria balance within the septic tank.
  • Use water efficiently to prevent overloading the system.
  • Do not flush non-biodegradable items down the toilet.
  • Avoid planting trees or shrubs near the leach field.
  • Keep vehicles and heavy equipment off the leach field.

4. Can I install my septic system on my own?

DIY septic system installation is not recommended due to the complex nature of the project and the potential risk of environmental hazards or system failure. Hiring a professional, licensed contractor like Lanik Septic Service ensures a proper installation that meets local regulations.

5. What is the difference between a septic tank and an advanced treatment unit (ATU)?

A septic tank, typically a watertight chamber, securely retains wastewater. Its purpose is to allow sufficient time for heavy solids to descend and create sludge, and for lighter substances such as oils and grease to rise, creating a layer of scum. On the other hand, an advanced treatment unit (ATU) is an optional enhancement that offers additional purification to the wastewater. It effectively eliminates detrimental pollutants and nutrients prior to the water’s journey to the leach field. ATUs are particularly beneficial in properties with suboptimal soil conditions or in locales where environmental regulations are rigorous.

6. How much does a septic tank installation cost?

The cost of septic tank installation varies depending on factors such as the size of the system, the complexity of the installation, soil conditions, and local permit fees. It is essential to get an estimate from a professional, licensed contractor like Lanik Septic Service to understand the costs involved in your specific case.

7. Do financing options exist for septic system installations?

Yes, financing options are available for eligible homeowners to make septic system installation more affordable. Lanik Septic Service offers financing options to qualified candidates, including budget-friendly payment plans.

8. What areas does Lanik Septic Service serve?

Lanik Septic Service serves Riverside County and San Diego County, including Aguanga, Anza, Banning, Beaumont, Bonsall, Cabazon, Canyon Lake, Cherry Valley, Corona, Escondido, Fallbrook, Idyllwild, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Mountain Center, Murrieta, Perris, Rainbow, Ramona, Riverside, San Diego, San Jacinto, San Marcos, Sun City, Temecula, Valley Center, Vista, Wildomar, and surrounding areas.

9. How can I contact Lanik Septic Service?

You can reach Lanik Septic Service at (951) 676-7114 during their business hours from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The office is closed on weekends. Their address is 28822 Old Town Front St Suite 210B, Temecula, CA 92590

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