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What Remodelers Should Know About SEPTIC SYSTEMS by Russ Lanoie How to avoid "pitfalls" and other unpleasant and costly encounters with on-site sewage systems Map out the septic system before starting an addition or deck. Check clearances to basements and slabs allowed by code in your area. So you've landed your first big remodeling job and everything is off to a great start until the excavator that's digging for a new frost wall suddenly disappears into the ground and a strong smell comes back out. Why didn't somebody tell you that the septic tank was out here? Who's going to pay to get it fixed? Is all the profit from this job going to go into that smelly