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Cesspool Replacement on Shallow Water Table

An Eljen GSF septic system replaces a cesspool in Rhode Island where a home was being flipped.

Problem: A real estate flipper in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, needed to replace a cesspool for a two-bedroom home so the property would pass a time-of-sale inspection. The property had a shallow water table, and all setbacks had to be met for a code-compliant system. The builder wanted to make sure a system would be able to be installed below grade, as to not detract from the curb appeal.

Solution: D.H. Keene Septic designed the system and chose Eljen GSF (Geotextile Sand Filter) B43 modules for the drainfield because of the reduction in footprint size and shallow profile compared to a traditional system. The 80-foot-long by 4-foot-wide trench was placed within the setbacks of the property line and well by Matt Osborne and Dan Marcotte from Ken’s Excavating. A tipping distribution box delivers effluent to the 18 GSF modules from new 1,000-gallon septic tank.

Result: The home has a code-compliant system that was installed quickly so the property could be sold. The GSF system was installed in a smaller footprint than a stone-and-pipe system but requires the same maintenance.

As seen in the March 2020 issue of Onsite Installer

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