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Question DetailsAsked on 4/26/2016

Is the septic company responsible for seeding lawn after damage during installation of new drainfield & other work?

When we moved to our new house the septic tank needed to be moved and a new drain field installed. It was moved into a location where there was a beautiful lawn. Because of the relocation there was the traffic back and forth from old location to new and approx. 5000 sq feet of lawn needs to be reseeded. They also drove through an area that should have been left alone and destroyed that as well. We also needed to level the ground because of their tracks. That is a lot of work and money to replace the lawn. Is this something that is the responsibility of us or the septic company to repair lawn? Unfortunately I didn't take pictures immediately after they left but the ground is still bare.

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What did your contract say ? Unless it specified protection of or restoring all landscaped areas to original condition, remediation of normal surface damage from traffic (including tire track depressions and skid-steer loader spin marks) to do the work would NOT be his responsibility.

On the areas he should not have gotten onto, unless you had them specifically marked off-limits in the contract or staked and roped or taped off and told him to stay out of that area, you are probably out of luck.

Because the ground is still bare, likely it got packed dow a lot by the traffic - so to get grass to grow well there will probably have to get that area core aerated and top-dressed with topsoil as well as reseeded, because lawn will not do well in compacted soil like from repetitive wheel traffic.

I would say, unless the contract specifically called for him to restore to original condition or to stay out of specific areas, consider this your responsibility and something that yuou would have had to pay for one way or another anyway.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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