Choosing the Right Septic Tank for Your Site

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Choosing the Right Septic Tank for Your Site

Septic tanks come in all shapes and dimensions, with each one having unique properties designed to accommodate your household’s needs. The five different types of septic tanks are concrete, steel, plastic, fiberglass, and aerobic. Follow this guide by Charlotte Septic Pros to have an idea of which septic tank is most suitable for your home. If you’re interested in having septic tank installation in the near future, get into contact with a septic company so that you have professional help by your side.

Tank Size

The size of your septic tank is crucial for the system to work properly. A septic tank that’s too small can cause sewage backup into your drains and needs frequent septic tank pumping, so you need to consider the number of people in your household and the amount of water used every day. Based on these factors, you will be able to choose the most suitable septic tank size. Have a consultant from a septic company help you determine your septic tank size.

Installation Conditions

In order to install your septic system, you must have an environment that is appropriate for it. An ideal installation site includes an area with space for drains and a drain field, along with an accessible path to the septic tank. Your water level should be low or average and be sure to get a percolation test for the soil. A percolation test helps determine the soil’s rate of water absorption. It would be difficult to design a septic tank without having a percolation test done on your soil first.

Types of Septic Tanks

  • Concrete: Concrete tanks are the most common septic tanks to get installed for households. They’re cast from concrete, making them heavy but durable to handle most conditions. Their weight also prevents them from floating. Another advantage of concrete septic tanks is that you will always find someone that knows what they’re doing and can assist you because they are common everywhere. There can be disadvantages to concrete tanks as well, such as their price. These tanks are expensive to install and repair. Take care of your septic tank, and make sure you have a qualified septic company install it.
  • Fiberglass/plastic: Plastic tanks don’t have to worry about the damage from rusting or chemical processes of the septic tank like concrete tanks do. However, their light weight can bring many disadvantages. Plumbers should be careful not to damage the tank during installation, and the householders should not allow vehicles to pass through the septic area. There are other potential problems that should be watched for too. Low effluent can be a sign that a plug at the bottom of the tank has been detached. After septic tank pumping, the plugs should be inspected routinely.
  • Aerobic: Aerobic septic tanks use oxygen and electricity to keep the system running. They are typically used to replace failed systems. They reduce the required area for the drain field and can keep your effluent in check if maintained properly. Maintenance is pricey and required more frequently, but it creates a prolonged life for your septic tank.
  • Steel: Steel septic tanks are the least popular and least durable septic tanks. They only last for about 20-25 years and can be susceptible to rust before that time. If they start to rust, the top covers may give out and be dangerous to those around them.

Call Charlotte Septic Pros to help choose the right septic tank for your home and proceed with the installation process. Give us a call, we’re ready when you are.

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