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We are the premier septic system design company serving Montgomery and the surrounding counties in Texas. Whether you need a new design or just a modification we offer affordable solutions. We provide a simple one stop shop that will deliver everything that you will need to apply for your septic permit. In general the steps are as follows:
1. Perform a site evaluation.
2. Customer consultation and review of the site evaluation.
3. Septic system design overview and review.
4. Septic permit application process for the specific county.

Here at BLACKHORSE ENVIRONMENTAL we consider your septic system also known as an On-Site Sewage Facility (OSSF) to be one of the most important decisions and investments that you will make. We truly want you to make the best selection that you can for your given situation. Whether you already know what you want or if you need expert advice, we want you to be 100% satisfied with your septic system design. There are several major factors to be considered when creating a septic system design which are the lot characteristics, the possible septic system types, and the financial impact.

Lot characteristics are somewhat complicated. Different lots have different critical characteristics. For instance a small lot may have the most critical parameter be that of size which may influence the type of system that can be utilized. For other lots that are large but that partially or entirely lie within the flood plain it may be the flood plain elevation that may dictate which type of septic system can be used. In certain cases it might even be the neighboring lots that dictate the type of septic system since state and local authorities often specify separation distances that must be maintained between the feature and septic system components. One item at the top of the list is a water well. Even if the water well resides on the neighboring property there is still a minimum separation distance that must be met which will also depend on the type of well.

There are many septic system types often referred to by generic names such as conventional, gravel-less, low pressure dosing or LPD, and aerobic. All of these types of septic systems share the same basic functions but accomplish them in different ways. They all share the first piece or step in which is the pre-treatment or separation of solids. This first step takes place in the first tank or the first section of a multiple section tank. The purpose is to separate the solids that won’t degrade biologically in a time efficient manner. The way this is accomplished is by slowing down the wastewater flow through the first compartment enough that the heavy solids will settle to the bottom and the lighter material such as fats will float but remain in the first tank or compartment. There can be other tanks and functions included in the system such as an aerobic treatment unit (ATU) but at some point the remaining water also known as the effluent needs to be disposed of which brings us to the drain field or the spray field depending on the processing steps that are used in the treatment steps. Above ground disposal requires that the system provide secondary treatment and disinfection. Subsurface disposal may or may not require disinfection but in most typical systems subsurface does not require disinfection. Septic systems can vary a great deal and really each one needs to be treated as a unique system based on the lot and the facility that it supports.

The financial impact that a septic system has on a property owner needs to remain in the forefront of the decision making and design process. Everyone wants the least expensive solution and that is usually one that just meets the minimum standards. As much as I appreciate this method I also believe that the customer should have any alternatives explained since any improvements should be made at the very beginning during the design phase since this is almost always the time to get the most for your money. The cost of going back to an already designed and installed system is usually substantially more than if it had been done during the initial design and installation.

There is no harm in asking questions and exploring all the options. Understanding the restrictions imposed on the septic system due to the lot characteristics is important so that you can decide how to proceed. Having a septic system installed or modified is a big expense and with proper planning you can get the best value available and avoid issues down the road. Sometimes it seems like a daunting process but once you know what needs to be done, and in what order, it then becomes much easier to accomplish. Give us a call and let us help you through getting your septic system designed or modified and permitted. We have created some pages on this website to help explain the steps so feel free to have a look. Please post any questions on our Facebook page and we will do our best to answer so that the question and answer may help others as well.