Construction of a Tennis Court Destroyed the Septic System

Our staff attended a site for a property owner after the building department had issued a stop-work order on a project.  We confirmed that the construction of a tennis court had destroyed the septic system, and a new one needed to be designed and installed.

If the property owner had applied for a permit to construct the tennis court, they likely would have been required to have a compliance inspection of the septic system. This inspection would have identified that the proposed location of the tennis court would not be acceptable, allowing the plans to be changed before damage was done.

Not all municipalities consistently require compliance inspections so you may need to be pro-active to avoid damage to your septic system if you want to construct a swimming pool, garage, landscaping, extending driveways or creating a new parking area, installing in-ground irrigation, and many other changes that have resulted in damage to systems around the province.

Without the compliance inspection of the septic system, the construction company did not identify the septic system components they were pulling out of the ground and the property owner is now facing a septic system replacement cost of about $40,000.

Through the construction process, large rock material had been dropped on the plastic lids of the tanks and chambers leaving dangerous holes, and the dispersal mound pipes had been ripped apart, pieces buried and others left strewn around. 

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A piece of one of the pressurized dispersal mound pipes found beside the new tennis court. Where do you think the effluent from the septic system is going now?

For more information about septic system compliance inspections, check out Info & Help under the category Inspection.