Tips For Installing A Septic Tank

If you are getting ready to install a septic tank at your home, it is important that you do everything correctly the first time. Many aspects of the septic tank are installed underground, making it difficult and expensive to fix later on. Her are some tips for installing a septic tank.

Pipe Selection

You'll need to select the pipes used to connect the septic tank to your home.  The need to be strong enough to last a long time, and not become damaged from pressure or nearby tree roots.  Consider using PVC pipes which should do a great job withstanding the wear and tear and a septic tank will require.  The plastic should be strong enough to resist tree roots, which will prevent a pipe from collapsing and snaking the lines due to clogs.

Tank Selection

You'll need to pick a septic tank from the several materials available, which is typically fiberglass, steel, and concrete.  You'll find that concrete will be the most durable choice for a septic tank, while also coming in larger sizes than tanks made with the other materials.  Steel septic tanks are more prone to rusting, as well as having damage from nearby tree roots. While a fiberglass tank does not have issues with rust, it is more likely to break from unforeseen issues. For example, if someone drove over the area where the septic tank is located, a fiberglass tank is more likely to break from the pressure.

Drain Field Location Selection

The septic drain field is where the wastewater from the tank will drain into the ground and reach the groundwater.  It's important that the drain field has the right soil for it to work, or else the drain field will not filter out bacteria before it reaches the groundwater.  This can cause harm to animals that surround your property and drink water from nearby streams.

A drain field should have coarse and fine soil mixed together, with clay being another option as well.

Tank Location Selection

The location of the septic tank also plays a big role, since gravity will do its part of moving wastewater into the tank. If the septic tank cannot be placed in an area that is lower in elevation, you'll need to have a pump installed that can help move everything along.

For help making the right choices when installing a septic tank, reach out to a local septic tank service company.

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understanding your septic system

Have your toilets slowed? Does your kitchen sink seem to take longer to drain than it used to? These are two things that you should be aware of when you have a septic tank. Septic tanks typically have no problems, but when they do, the problems must be addressed quickly to avoid the ghastly mess that comes if they are ignored. What do you need to watch for? What can you do if you see some of these things happening? These answers and many more are answered right here on this blog. By the time you reach the end, you will have a good understanding of your septic system and know what you should to prevent backups.