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Types of Septic Systems


Knowing what you need is a great start, but what types of septic tanks are available to you? Here is a list of the most widely used septic tanks here in the United States.

There are many types of septic systems used by people in the United States. The type of septic tank you currently use is more than likely dependant on where you are located and other geological properties (your household size, soil type, the site slope, lot size, proximity to sensitive water bodies, weather conditions, local regulations, and so forth). 

Knowing what you need is a great start, but what types of septic tanks are available to you? Here is a list of the most widely used septic tanks here in the United States.

What type of septic systems are available?

Septic Tank: The most common tank that you see in a lot of homes. It’s a buried tank that receives and separates partially raw wastewater. The solids sink to the bottoms while other lightweights materials float to the top and are sent off to a drain field for more treatment at a water plant and eventual dispersal back into the water system. 

Conventional System: The conventional system is a decentralized wastewater treatment system made up of a septic tank and a trench or bed subsurface wastewater infiltration system (drain field). You usually find conventional septic systems installed at single-family homes or small businesses.

Chamber System: Chamber systems are graveless systems in many different versions, such as open-bottom chambers, synthetic materials, and fabric-wrapped pipes. They’re made with recycled materials and reduce the carbon footprint on the planet. They’re easy to make and install and are best in environments with high groundwater.

Drip Distribution System: It’s a dispersal system that is versatile in its uses. The advantage is that you don’t need a massive mound of soil to function correctly (drip the solids into the earth); however, it does require additional things such as electricity to operate, requiring more maintenance. 

Aerobic Treatment Unit:  Aerobic Treatment units operate like mini sewage plants by pumping oxygen into the treatment tank, increasing the natural bacteria activity, which provides more treatment for the nutrients in the effluent. Some systems have two tanks (one for pre-treatment and one for final treatment) and are very useful in homes with terrible soil conditions or where the water table is too high or susceptible to contamination. 

Mounds Systems: The Mound System is an option for those living in shallow soil depth, high groundwater, or shallow bedrock. Effluent flows from the tank to a pump chamber which is sent out to the mound in predetermined doses, which are then sent to the native soil. These systems require a good amount of space and maintenance over time.

Recirculating Sand Filter System: This type of system can be used above or below ground. The effluent from the septic tank directly to the pump chamber and then into the sand filter. Sand filters provide high treatment levels and do well in environments with high water tables.

Which type of septic tank is best?

In our opinion, the best choice is a concrete septic tank. Precast septic tanks have many advantages over plastic, steel, or fiberglass tanks. In fact, many cities and towns require the use of concrete septic tanks. While you will be required to get the type required, your budget should also reflect the septic tank you choose to use.

Since these types of septic tanks last longer, it may mean that you will not need to service your septic tank as often.

Let Magic Rooter Construct Your Next Septic Tank!

If you are wondering, "Who does septic systems near me." Magic Rooter has over 40 years of experience and can help determine the best septic tank system for your property.  Whether you are building a new home and need a new septic tank or replacing your current tank, Magic Rooter also helps with septic tank service. With our years of experience, competitive rates, and knowledgeable staff, we can meet and exceed your expectations!

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