Factors to Consider When Installing a Septic Tank
A septic tank is one of the most important installations in your property. The tank functions as an on-site sewage plant where domestic wastewater from the house passes through for treatment. However, septic leaks and structural issues are hazardous and can affect your property and the environment.
Therefore, you should be careful during the installation phase to avoid future complications. Here are factors to consider before you install a septic tank.
You must have a permit to install a septic tank on your property. This is because poor installation or waste treatment procedures will lower underground water quality and harm people who use it. Therefore, the government regulates the installation and use of septic tanks through licensing.
Contact a professional for more information about the permitting process.
With the advancement of technology, you have diverse types of septic tanks to consider. The differences mainly arise due to the material used to create them and the mode of wastewater treatment.
For instance, aerobic septic tanks use oxygen to speed up the decomposition of the affluent while the other types use other mechanisms. With the aid of an expert, you can learn about the pros and cons of each type and choose the right one.
Moreover, septic tanks are available in different designs that also work slightly differently. For example, the aerobic septic tank type comes in two designs: the fixed-film system and continuous flow system. The fixed-film system design uses a porous medium to support the biomass film that digests the wastewater.
On the other hand, the continuous flow design does not have a medium holding the biomass film. Instead, the bacteria are suspended throughout the tank to digest the wastewater as it flows. As you can see, both tank designs use microorganisms, but the mode of treatment is different.
Although you don’t need to know the technicalities behind every tank design, professionals can help you understand their primary differences.
The location that you choose to put your septic tank needs to have a soil type that allows water to flow through. Water drains faster through soil that has a high amount of gravel and sand than the soils with a high amount of clay. The soil in the drain field should be fine enough to filter the effluent.
Soil types that are too dense might not allow the effluent to pass through, which could lead to blockage of the drainage system. The septic tank company you hire will analyze the absorptive ability of your chosen location to determine if the soil is right for the installation of the septic tank.
Your yard’s landscaping is also a vital consideration when you want to install a septic tank. You shouldn’t install the tank near the house, trees, or any other significant obstructions. For example, the tree roots can grow deep into the septic tank and damage the pipes or the entire system.
The septic tank should be at least 5 feet from such structures, and its lid should always be secure. You can, however, plant a few shallow-rooted plants to cover your drain field.
The right size of a septic tank depends on the amount of water a family uses. If your family uses a high amount of water daily, you need a large septic tank to treat the high water volume. A family that uses about 500 to 700 gallons of water daily should install a septic tank with about 1,200-gallon capacity.
If you want to install septic tanks in your property, ensure you pay attention to all these factors. Rob’s Septic Tanks, Inc., offers septic tank installation and repair services in Lake County, Orange County, and Central Florida. Contact us today for quality services.