Water Wells & Septic Systems Handbook / Edition 1

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Packed with 200 illustrations!


Each year, thousands upon thousands of Americans install water wells and septic systems on their properties. But with a maze of codes governing their use—along with a host of design requirements that ensure their functionality—where can someone turn for comprehensive, one-stop guidance? Enter the Water Wells and Septic Systems Handbook from McGraw-Hill.

Written in language any property owner can understand—yet detailed enough for professionals and technical students—this easy-to-use volume delivers the latest techniques and code requirements for designing, building, rehabilitating, and maintaining private water wells and septic systems. Bolstered by a wealth of informative charts, tables, and illustrations, this book delivers:

* Current construction, maintenance, and repair methods

* New International Private Sewage Disposal Code

* Up-to-date standards from the American Water Works Association

* And much, much more!

So, no matter if you’re a plumber, a driller, or a utility company professional, Water Wells and Septic Systems Handbook is the one resource you need to ensure your next job’s success!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071402002
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Handbook Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Dodge Woodson is a licensed master plumber, licensed master gasfitter, and licensed building contractor. He has over 25 years of experience in construction and real estate. As a builder of as many as 60 homes a year, Woodson knows what it takes to create a successful building project. His many years as a plumber and plumbing contractor gives him detailed experince with wells and septic systems. Much of the land that Woodson has developed over his career has required private water and sewage systems. His hands-on knowledge makes his work as an author invaluable.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Administration 1
Ch. 2 Definitions 11
Ch. 3 General Regulations 15
Ch. 4 Site Evaluation and Requirements 17
Ch. 5 Materials 29
Ch. 6 Soil Absorption Systems 35
Ch. 7 Pressure Distribution Systems 43
Ch. 8 Tanks 47
Ch. 9 Mound Systems 55
Ch. 10 Cesspools 73
Ch. 11 Inspections 75
Ch. 12 Referenced Standards 77
Ch. 13 Site Evaluation for Water Wells 79
Ch. 14 Testing and Protecting Potable Water 89
Ch. 15 Drilled Wells 107
Ch. 16 Shallow Wells 129
Ch. 17 Alternative Water Sources 155
Ch. 18 Troubleshooting Well Systems 165
Ch. 19 Site Limitations for Septic Systems 187
Ch. 20 Septic Designs and Soil Studies 199
Ch. 21 Gravel-and-Pipe Septic Systems 211
Ch. 22 Chamber-Type Septic Systems 229
Ch. 23 Wastewater Pump Systems 237
Ch. 24 Landscaping Septic-System Areas 247
Ch. 25 Septic-System Maintenance 251
Ch. 26 Troubleshooting Septic Systems 255
Ch. 27 Low-Cost Septic Systems 271
Ch. 28 Low-Cost Well Systems 277
Ch. 29 Suggestions for Bidding Jobs 291
Ch. 30 Cost Overruns 305
Ch. 31 Worksite Safety 319
Ch. 32 First Aid 333
Ch. 33 Mathematics for the Trade 347
App Reference and Conversion Tables and Data 407
Index 445
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007


    I agree with everything in the publisher's comments. As a prospective homeowner on well water with a septic system, this book provided me with a wealth of information. It is presented in an easy to understand format. The text is supported with design diagrams and code requirements. I highly recommend reading this book if you live on well water or utilize a septic system.

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