If I decide to hire a septic installer, can I do any of
the work on the system
without the installer present?
I wondered this myself as I have seen septic contractors allow
non-employees to work when they were not present.
To clarify the discrepancy, I contacted the North
Contractor & Inspectors Certification Board (the septic
board) with the
I hope this finds you well.
I have a few questions I hope you can shed light
on. These have come up on potential installations and I
didn't know how to answer the homeowner.
When I hire a subcontractor (not a W-2 employee) I
must be present when they are doing work but,....
1) Can a homeowner work on their own system when I am not
present? I have a person asking me about doing this to
offset some of the costs of the installation. This is for
a hand dug septic system using large diameter pipe (LDP) on the
side of a mountain in Western North Carolina.
I will layout the system and get them started. Then they
want to dig the trenches and do as much other work as they
can. When I come back I will make sure the layout is
correct and check the depths and drop in the LDP. I will
be available by phone answer any questions they have along the
I'm not comfortable just cutting them loose, but with marker
flags and depth indicators and a few photos back and forth
during the job I'm willing to work with them.
I don't have an investment either way as to what is acceptable
to the board. It is what it is.
Thanks for your help.
You can't take the system components separately and have
someone else that is not certified to do one or more
components. The entire system and work needs to
he done by certified person or employees.
So, the reason I even
asked this of the board is two
instances where pump systems were installed on a mountainside and the leachfield had to be hand
The septic contractors were not present for much of the hand
The homeowners and their friends and family dug the lines.
I don't know if the County (Jackson) was privy to what
was occurring or if
the contractor just did this on their own.
The people were honestly pretty open about what they were doing.
My septic certification allows me to earn a good
living working for myself.
So, I play by the rules.
It is what it is.
What I can do is add you as crew for some of the work to offset
some of the
cost, but I must be present the entire time.
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