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Septic Systems in San Diego County | What Setbacks Must Be in Compliance?

Details on Compliance Setbacks for Septic:

New custom home being built soon! Bill Freeman talks about a pre-construction process when trying to obtain your home building permit. He talks you through the process of making sure that your septic system and leech lines are in compliance with all set backs so you can start the official custom home building process.

Bill Freeman:  Good morning. This is Bill Freeman with Freeman’s Construction. I’m out here on a job site that we are just getting ready to start. This is on the north part of Ramona and there was a home that burned down here in the Witch Fire. We’re getting ready to put a new home here. We have to show the locations of the existing facilities, which is the septic system. You can see what I’ve done here to mark out. So when they come out for the site inspection, it makes it really simple for the Health Department inspector to come out and make sure that we’re in compliance with the setbacks, with the location of the house to our leach lines and our septic system.

Bill Freeman:  As you can see, I’ve marked out the back of the house here, and then as I walk down here, this is the corner here. Then I got the line going across here, which would be the south east side, but mostly south. One of the setbacks we have to be is we have to be five foot off of the septic tank. So we’ve located the septic tank, which you can see is right there. There’s two lids there, and then the tight line, which is a non perforated line, runs out to the leach field. Where I have that first of those stakes there, that is the direction of the first leach line. We have to expose that also because there’s a eight foot setback to the house on that, so we have to show them where that is so they can also see that.

Bill Freeman:  What I’ve done is I’ve come across here with this line of the house. Walk around this pile of dirt. This is the corner here that’s going to be closest to the leach lines, and that has to be eight feet. I’ve marked that out and shown the 13 foot that we are off of that leach line. That leach line runs right there and it curves down over that way and then comes back around and curves down this way. The leach lines have to follow the terrain of the ground because the depth has to remain the same. They work off of both absorption into the ground and evaporation out of the ground, so they have to be the same depth into the ground, so they have to follow the contour of the land.

Bill Freeman:  We dug this up just to make sure we knew exactly where that first line is. As you can see down in the trench, there’s the T where it comes in and you can see the septic rock where that first leach line is. That will verify for them exactly where all the facilities are and when they come out for the site inspection, they’ll sign it off and we’d be good to go to get the permit.

Bill Freeman:  Just part of the things that we have to get dialed in prior to building, our pre-construction that we have to do. We should be pulling a permit on this next week and getting started. Have a great day.

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