From the category archives: Septic Check

Septic Design

Are Different Septic Designs Inherently Better or Worse?

Septic systems can be confusing to the layman. Most people understand the basic design and what it is meant to accomplish, but haven't actually seen a full system in all its glory before it's covered up. If you've ever had a septic system failure you certainly understand the need for an experienced contractor who understands how the system works and what causes problems to occur. You may also realize that not all septic systems are equal. The system you have installed on your property has to be designed for the soil type where you live, allow for the amount of use it is going to receive, and fit your lot according to any structures you have built or plan to build.

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The Importance of Septic Maintenance

When's the last time you thought about your septic system? Was it this morning when you were in the bathroom, getting ready for your day? Chances are that even if you had a leisurely morning of getting ready, that you never thought about your septic system. That's okay! Most homeowners don't give a second thought to their septic systems. In the best case scenario, you won't have to give much thought to this vital system of your home. 

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Placement Matters and Septic Location

Like anything else you build, septic systems generally have a number of feasible ways they can be built. One method isn't necessarily “better” than the others and certainly no building technique is always better. What makes one style better for your personal situation is what your values entail, the amount of space you have available for the system, and the type of land you have.

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Basic and Advanced Septic System Design

If you've ever owned a house with a septic system, or likely even if you haven't previously, you probably understand the basic concept but not the full intricacies of septic design. The basic idea is to hold and dilute wastewater before allowing it to filter through the ground and reenter the water table. The means of accomplishing such a goal varies by site, the most common factors being the soil type, building occupancy, and depth of the water table although other considerations also apply to each individual situation.

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How Does Your Septic System Do Its Job?

If you live in a house which uses a contained septic system rather than public sewer facilities you probably don’t think about its function very often but simply take a shower or wash dishes and know the waste water is properly disposed of. Until there is a problem, that is. Then you wonder how the system is supposed to work and why it isn’t working properly at the moment.

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Septic Design: More than a Holding Tank

The term “septic tank” is a misnomer which suggests your gray water and sewage goes into a holding tank. It does go into a holding tank, but there’s much more involved. A better term is “septic system” to describe the engineering and design which allows you to have running water inside rather than pulling water from a nearby creek and using an outhouse to attend to your needs.

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