Your septic system is what keeps your property safe from harmful contamination. So when it’s time to install a new one, you want to be sure you’re making an informed choice.
Thanks to new technology and developments in septic design, homeowners have plenty of options these days — a conventional septic system isn’t your only choice anymore. This post will run you through some of the pros and cons of conventional, aerobic, and sand mound septic systems, to give you a better idea of what will work for your property. To learn more, just get in touch with a local septic company in your area. They’ll be happy to provide a consultation and quote a price on your new, safe, and reliable septic system!
Conventional Septic Systems
Before we go into some of the more modern alternatives, let’s cover the basics of a conventional septic system.
In a conventional system, waste is channeled away from your home (or commercial building) through sewer lines. In a septic tank, waste is broken down over time. As it naturally filters out dangerous bacteria, wastewater rises to the top of the tank, and is then funneled out of the tank and into a leach field. In the leach field, wastewater safely percolates and is eventually absorbed by the ground.
A conventional septic system is simple, affordable, and easy to maintain. Traditionally, they require no electricity and take up no energy in your home. But unfortunately, a conventional septic system might not be an option for everyone. Your property has to have enough space and the right soil properties for a traditional septic tank and leach field setup. Fortunately, there are affordable alternatives available!
Aerobic Septic Systems
Aerobic septic systems are among the most popular alternatives to conventional septic systems. They use a little electricity, but add an extra measure of safety and reliability to your home.
Here’s how they work: similar to a conventional septic system, waste passes through the sewer lines into the septic tank. The key difference is that air is pumped into the septic tank, to encourage and speed up the breakdown of solid waste. This makes it so the liquid wastewater that rises to the top of the tank is lighter and cleaner than in a conventional system. That less-contaminated wastewater is then filtered through a leach field.
If you’re looking for a septic system that’s safe for the environment, long-lasting, and comes without a lot of septic maintenance, an aerobic system might be a good choice for your property. It is a bit more of an investment, but always worth it in the long run.
Sand Mound Septic Systems
A sand mound system, like the name suggests, utilizes a mound of sand and gravel to filter wastewater. It may sound simple, but this technology can be a lifesaver for someone whose property doesn’t pass the percolation test.
When wastewater is deposited on top of a mound, instead of directly onto a leach field, the risk of contamination to surrounding ground and waterways is drastically reduced. Because by the time water filters all the way through the mound, most of the potentially harmful bacteria has been filtered out. While this system uses a little electricity to pump waste water onto the mound, it’s pretty affordable to install and generally very low maintenance.
Any of these systems, conventional or alternative, sound like the right choice for your property? Just get in touch with your local septic system design specialists to find out more.