Since most homeowners don’t regularly install septic systems and maintenance usually requires just pumping and cleaning once a year, they may not know much about the septic laws in their community. Typically, a city or county sets the septic regulations for their area. For the most part, Elkhart’s septic rules mirror those of surrounding communities.
Why is it essential to follow septic laws?
If you think about it, cities enforce septic laws to protect the community. A sewage disposal system that leaks into public water supplies could cause widespread contamination. So as you work to comply with the regulations, keep in mind that the hassle of compliance means you are contributing to the greater good.
How can you get a septic permit in Elkhart?
The city of Elkhart requires that homeowners obtain a permit before installing a replacement sewage system. A soil sample should be evaluated by a Registered Soil Scientist before getting a permit. Additionally, a member of the ECHD staff must review the analysis of the soil. Once they assess and review the soil sample, the homeowner may send in a permit request form. The ECHD then reviews the form and the soil sample to determine if you qualify for a permit.
If you own a business or are installing a septic system in new construction, you may need to take additional steps before obtaining a permit.
Commercial Septic Requirements
Maintaining septic equipment in a commercial building also requires soil samples to be evaluated by a Registered Soil Scientist. The Indiana State Health Department reviews the soil sample. Additionally, a “to scale” drawing of the building and the septic system must be sent in with a fee.
Residential/Commercial New Construction Septic Requirements
Installing a new septic system is similar to maintaining or replacing an older system. Permits must be applied. Soil samples must be taken and evaluated. “To scale” drawings of the building and septic system must be submitted. Finally, forms and fees must be turned in to the ECHD.
Can You “Do it Yourself?”
The city of Elkhart, IN, allows homeowners to install and maintain their home septic system. However, they must apply for permits and follow the community guidelines. For convenience’s sake, their website lists the licenses required and the steps necessary. The site also lists contact information for homeowners who have any further questions.
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Who should you call for septic issues?
Norway Septic Inc. is a service-oriented company that provides excellent septic tank cleaning and pumping services to homeowners and business owners in the Michiana area. We take pride in doing the job that others leave behind. ” Our motto stands, “they pump, we clean!”
Call us if you suspect problems with your septic system or need septic replacement parts like septic filters. With over 40 years of experience, we know septic systems and can handle just about any septic issue.