What I Learned While Remodeling My HomeWhat I Learned While Remodeling My Home

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What I Learned While Remodeling My Home

Me and my wife bought a fixer-upper a few years ago with every intention on converting it into our dream home. The problem was, we were not nearly as skilled in home construction and remodeling as we thought we were. After a few failed projects, we needed to really take a step back and reevaluate our plan. We knew there was no money in the budget to hire a contractor to do everything, so there were some skills we were going to have to learn on our own. After several months of actively seeking out the information we needed to get the job done, we were finally able to successfully remodel the kitchen in our new house. While the house is still a work in progress, we are successfully accomplishing new tasks every day. In this blog, I hope to bring together all of the information we learned along the way.

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Why Septic System Design Shouldn't Be A DIY Job

You might have a desire to build your own home and handle everything yourself, but there are a lot of risks associated with installing your own septic system. There are many reasons why you should instead consider having your septic system installed by a professional.

You Need to Obtain the Right Permits

When you are installing your septic system, you'll need to obtain a building permit. Otherwise, your work will be illegal and you may be forced to make changes to your septic system installation as you attempt to make your work legal. Officials want to make sure that you don't contaminate the ground water as you install the septic system. Also, officials will want to make sure that the location is suitable for a septic system. The permit process also protects the safety of people and animals in your area. Your permit can be difficult to obtain and it will go on the public record. 

Septic Systems are Complex

Your septic system can be very complex. Many property owners believe that the septic system is only intended to hold your waste, but it actually consists of all sorts of components that must be installed properly or your septic tank will not be safe. If you do not maintain the right levels of bacteria, your septic tank will not function properly. Septic tanks can be very expensive to repair and can also make a mess if they aren't functioning properly. 

You May Waste Money

A common reason why homeowners perform their own installations is that they expect to save money. However, installing your own septic system can end up costing you more money than it would cost to hire someone else given how expensive it can be to make repairs. It's easy to damage materials before you even install them. If you were responsible for installing the septic system and sewage begins to surface, you may be fined for this as well. 

It's Too Difficult Even for Other Contractors

Septic tank systems are so difficult to install that it isn't even recommended to hire excavation companies and plumbers to handle the installation. By doing so, you risk having the work not done right. For this reason, you're best off hiring a septic system installation company that will not only build a great system for today, but will account for the future, such as when you decide to start a family and need a greater capacity.