A multitude of issues can complicate the demolition of buildings in a city. For example, a collapsed septic tank may trigger a chain reaction of confusing problems that require real professional help to manage. Therefore, any individual who wants to demolish a building needs to understand this problem and how to properly manage it.

Septic Tanks May Collapse During Demolition

A high-quality septic tank is designed to withstand heavy weight and to stay strong for decades. However, demolition projects may cause heavy debris to fall on the area above the septic tank. Even worse, large pieces of demolition equipment may be parked above the tank and trigger a collapse of the septic field.

When a septic tank collapses during a building project, the waste material will spread rapidly throughout the soil. Even if your contractor notices the collapse early during demolition, the waste will become a major contaminant. The soil above the tank may become perpetually damp, and a nasty odor may arise that is hard to eliminate. Even worse, health issues may occur that could derail the whole process.


Septic Pollution May Trigger Diseases 

The pollution caused by a septic tank collapse doesn’t just complicate the process of building a home; it can cause real health issues. For example, studies have found that septic tanks — when they collapse or leak — release a large amount of potentially dangerous bacteria into the soil. This bacteria may move into an area’s water supply and cause serious problems.

For example, E. coli and even salmonella may spread from fecal waste and contaminate a town’s plumbing. When this issue occurs, these diseases may spread throughout a concentrated area and cause a health scare that spreads throughout the city. Beyond this problem are those that affect the project itself.

Unfortunately, the spread of bacteria connected with a collapsed septic tank complicates the demolition process in unexpected ways. For example, the demolition zone must be cleaned up and decontaminated before adding a new building to the property. This process can add weeks and even months to the length of the project and add a lot of excess money to the overall project cost.


Precautionary Steps Prevent This Danger 

While septic tank collapse and pollution is a dangerous problem, individuals demolishing a building can take precautionary steps to avoid this issue. These simple guidelines not only prevent septic tank puncture and collapse but also make the demolition process much easier and smoother. Just as importantly, these steps can guide the building process in many ways.

For example, the demolition experts need to identify the location of the septic tank and mark it out on the yard to ensure that no heavy debris lands or collects here. Just as importantly, these professionals must avoid driving over this cordoned area and directing people away from it to ensure that the septic tank doesn’t cave in on itself.

Just as importantly, the demolition experts must know whether or not the septic tank must be removed and replaced or if the new building can use it. Typically, builders will dictate what kind of septic system is necessary for a building and provide demolition experts with the information that they need to decide if septic tank removal is required.


Professional Demonstration Helps Avoid This Issue

Anyone who wants to demolish a building to add a new piece of construction to an area of real estate must take steps to avoid septic tank collapse. So please don’t hesitate to call us right away to set up an inspection appointment. Our professionals will work to find a way to destroy a building without damaging the septic tank.