Everything had been carefully considered when the homeowner built the house. Five bedrooms, right on the lake.
But they hadn’t thought about the septic system. By the time they did, it was too late. “There was no place to put it,” David Meinco shared. “A house is hopes and dreams for a homeowner, but unfortunately, most don’t think about their wastewater until it’s too late.” David advises anyone looking to build a business building or a home to never spend money on a construction site until the type and cost of a wastewater system have been determined. “Even though it’s the last thing to be done in the home, it’s the first thing to consider,” David said.

The yard space and type of soil all determine the cost of a septic tank and wastewater system, with a typical system costing about $5,000. But too often, the land is purchased for the business or home, and then it’s cleared, cut, disturbed, and ultimately ruined, before they realize they can’t get their water meter. “They need their permit before they can get their water meter,” David explained. “They call us when they’ve destroyed the site, and everything is very expensive. Or we actually are not able to help them.” And the costs rise. Without proper planning or the right type of land, wastewater systems can cost up to $25,000. “Most people don’t have that much swing in building a house,” David said. “And if they do, no one wants to spend that on their wastewater system.” And in the worst case scenario, they might even have to buy more land. “I travel the state dealing with problems where people have destroyed their site without understanding their wastewater options,” David explained. “They don’t have to call me, but they have to call someone to get that figured out.”

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