Septic Design, Installation & Services

Septic Inspection

The inspection process entails a walk-through of your house to sketch the layout and number of bedrooms. All sewer piping and water service going through the foundation must be inspected for condition and type of pipe being used. After all the work in your home has been done, we will locate, dig up and inspect the D-box, septic tank, and leach facility. If you have a pump chamber, that will need to be located and dug up. The pump and alarm must be tested to ensure they are working properly. The certified inspector must conduct the inspection him/her self and determine the elevation of ground water relative to the bottom of the leach field.

We will go to the local health department and research the available information for your property, such as engineer plans, as-built cards, permits, and letters from and to the health agent and old inspection reports. We will also obtain the assessor field card which tells us how many bedrooms, etc.

The Massachusetts DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) issues a standard 11 page report that must be completed and signed by a certified inspector. This report must be filed with the local health department within 30 days of the inspection.

Septic Design & Site Plan

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Dan A. Speakman will schedule an appointment with the local health department and Dig Safe to conduct the appropriate test holes and perc tests on your property. Our backhoe will be used to dig the test hole to a minimum depth of 10′. During the test hole our engineer will evaluate the soil and perform a perc test to let us know how readily the soil will accept the proposed effluent.

Our professional survey crew will conduct a survey locating the house, road, driveway and all pertinent features of your property, including topography. This will also include a walk through of your home for sketching the room layout as a residential septic design is based on the number of bedrooms. We will also check the location, elevation, and number of sewer outlet pipes going through the foundation walls. The water service will also need to be located.

When all of the above is completed, we will draw up a site plan showing the most practical and economical design utilizing available space and approach path for our heavy equipment to install your new system.


Before the septic system can be installed, the certified plan and application must be filed with the health department. The permit then must be issued, paid for, and obtained from the town offices. After this is all done, DIG SAFE must be called to mark out all utilities on the property.

Dan A. SpeakmanThe old system must be pumped and filled in or removed. The piping from the house must be located and exposed. The new septic tank must be installed and piped back into the house quickly limiting inconvenience (1/2 hour average). After the tank is installed and piped in the distribution box and leach facility will be installed. Once the system is fully installed with risers and inspection ports, it must be inspected by a health agent and one of our engineers.

To assure our ability to locate the new system’s components after they are buried, an as-built card is drawn. The as-built card is a diagram showing where your new septic system is relative to your house. Once the septic is filled back in, your yard will be graded back to original condition. The most common finish we use is screened loam that is spread, raked and seeded.

The installation is completed by Speakman Excavating, LLC. We will grade, spread and rake screened loam over disturbed areas.