Case Study: Repair System in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Problem:  During a real estate transaction in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, a septic system over 30 years old did not pass inspection.   Sewage Enforcement Officer Michael Rinkevich determiend that the soils were too shallow (less than a 20-inch limiting zone) to meet current state requirements for a traditional system or elevated sand mound.

Solution:  Out of the shallow-soil options available, soil scientist Joseph Eckenrode recommended using an Eljen Corporation GSF system due to its performance and because it requires no annual maintenance or filter media replacement.  Soil scientist Mary Kay Lupton designed a 4-foot-wide by 116- foot-long bed after hydraulic linear loading rates were determined from the necessary soil probes.  Expert Septic met with the installer during a pre-construction meeting, and provided product delivery as well as on-site assitance and training.

Result:  The bed was constructed in one day, helping the real estate transation continue in a timely manner and giving the new homeowner a code-compliant system.


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