Need A Driveway In A Rural Area? Make Sure A Professional Is Involved

4 December 2015
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Rural areas are great for getting lots of line at a much more affordable price than inner-city, and may give more yard space than designated suburban neighborhoods. Unfortunately, there are a few downsides when it comes to moving far out of the city. Certain services such as sewage and water are either handled by a different branch of a utility company, a different utility company or no one at all. In these cases, you may have septic tanks and water treatment equipment on your premises. Before digging, pouring concrete or creating a driveway, take the time to understand what could go wrong without a contractor's survey.

Sinking Hazards In Moist Areas

Septic tanks and water treatment systems all have one thing in common; moisture. You don't have to experience a full, ruptured leak to have a soft, mushy ground area because of a few things that need to be done to the property before an installation, and you may have multiple installations on your property if it's belonged to someone else.

Septic systems need something called a leach field, which absorbs leaking contaminants that may come from the septic system. It is an environmental buffer zone that slows down the dangerous spread of waste before it can affect ground water, allowing you and local resource management officials to stop the problem before it becomes expensive. 

The leach field can be made out of a lot of materials, but it's often a mixture of sand, soil and gravel. The mixed materials are already a bit loose because of the composition, but the general area will be a bit moist because of any leaking waste and moisture that tends to last inside the mixture longer than normal soil.

Just because you know the location of one leach field doesn't mean you know the all. Multiple owners could have had different plans for how to install a septic system, and you may have even purchased land from a do-it-yourself owner who made the field too big or with multiple mistakes. Because of this, you could have unplanned soft spots. Concrete can sink into the soil, as well as cars that are parked for even a few hours.

What Can A Contractor Do About It?

A paving contractor's survey team can figure out which parts of the property are not only leach fields, but soil covering pre-existing leach fields. A bad gravel removal or simple cover-up job can still be a dangerous sinking problem, which will require digging a filling with the area's soil composition in order to be safe.

Think about the equipment needs to perform such a task. An excavator may be needed if the area is big enough, as basic shovels may simply mix the soil and leach field material around. Properly licensing is required for the machinery, and hiring multiple contractors with smaller tools may end up to be more expensive.

Make sure the job is done right, and avoid any unseen hazards from underground. Contact a paving contractor to discuss proper placement of a driveway, connection to the roads and sturdy materials used to keep things safe.