Three Septic Solutions When Your Soil Test Is Not the Best

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Before you have a septic system installed for your home, a soil test needs to be done. This is to see what type of soil you have, the water table and how well affluent (liquid waste) will filter. With some soils, conventional septic systems cannot be used. This is due to poor filtration, which if this is your case, you will have to install an alternative system such as an aerobatic septic system. Here are some of the alternatives you can have installed for your septic system.

1. Aerobic Waste Treatment Systems 

The most common type of alternative treatment system is an aerobic septic system. This is a system that uses multiple chambers and bacteria to break down waste. The final product is an affluent that can be released in a common septic drain field. There are also self-contained systems that use this process and can reuse water for non-potable uses such as for irrigation or for flushing the toilets in your home.

2. Managed Wetland Septic Treatment System

Another type of alternative system is a managed wetland system. This type of system combines aerobic septic tanks with a lined wetland. The plants and wildlife in the wetlands help to breakdown and clean any leftover waste in the affluent. This is a great solution for homes that need to have a larger septic system. It can also be used in areas where wastewater contamination is a concern due to the presence of water sources such as wells or bodies of water like lakes and streams.

3. Septic Drain Fields with Liners and Special Filtration Medium

In addition to different types of septic tanks, there are also special drain fields that can be installed. These can be installed with a liner and a special filtering medium that prevent affluent from reaching ground water. For areas with high water tables, a mound system can also be installed, which is where the drain field is installed above the grade and covered to create a mound for septic system drainage. The mound systems can also be enclosed in landscaping structures like retaining walls to make them hidden and more attractive.

These are some of the things that you will want to know about alternative septic options if your soil did not pass the test. If you need to have a septic system installed for your home, contact a septic contractor like Honest John's Septic Service Inc and talk with them about some of these options for your home.

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25 June 2015

preventing septic tank overflows

Moving into the country was something that I had always dreamed of doing, but when it finally became a reality, I had to learn an important lesson the most difficult way. I found out that the big mound in my yard was a part of the septic system and when a septic system is not properly cared for, it can back up into your home. That was an incident that I never wanted to relive. After the days of cleanup were complete, I began learning everything that I could about maintaining my septic system. Go through my blog to learn what you need to do to ensure you don't have to go through the horrifying mess that I did.