Ah, the country life: A chance to move away from the noise, build a home, business or cabin, and enjoy the peaceful days and nights that occur outside of city limits.
But building outside of the city also means building away from the city’s sewer system. This leaves something just as important, though not as pretty, to consider. It’s time to think of options for a septic tank or a holding tank, which one to choose, and what all of this means.
As stated, your home requires its own septic tank or holding tank when you build away from the city’s sewer system. Fortunately, the burden doesn’t fall on you — your home’s contractor and the designer for the septic system will work together to choose and install the system that works best for your location, needs and preferences. Are you already in your home or business, but the septic system needs replacing? You will still need to hire a contractor to work with you and your new septic system’s company. However, don’t be afraid to recommend Del Zotto’s precast concrete septic tanks to your contractor, as our products won’t rust or crack. Unlike other materials, our concrete septic tanks will save you from having to replace it in the future. For now, here’s some helpful information as you work through the process.
First, let’s discuss the difference between septic tanks and holding tanks. A holding tank is just that — it holds septic waste until a septic company comes to pump it out. You may consider a holding tank for a small cabin where you visit, but don’t live fulltime.
The holding tank contains one to two compartments and is capped in one area. You can obtain a permit to have a holding tank installed. You will want to check with your local jurisdiction to learn about the requirements of doing so.
Unlike a holding tank that just holds wastewater, a septic tank treats the wastewater before it releases it into the ground, continuing the process as your very own septic system. There are various systems through which this is accomplished.
A popular septic tank system is known as the conventional system. Sewage flows from your home, business or cabin to your septic tank, where it’s settled between two chambers, leaving solids in the first chamber and liquid in the second chamber. The water then runs through pipes and is drained through a rock bed just below the surface. Unlike sand, a rockbed is more porous, so the water flows through the rocks and into the ground freely to be treated.
The septic tank option that does use sand is the mound system. Your septic tank is installed in a mound of sand. After the water is settled, it is pumped through pipes at the top of the mound just below the surface. The water runs through the pipes and into the ground, through the sand acting as a natural filter and treatment media. This is one option people who build in an area with poor drainage area may consider.
Another option for your new septic tank is the aerobic septic system. This tank is sized for your home or business, and after processing all of the bacteria and treating the waste, it’s used to water your lawn. No need to worry! This tank does a thorough job of cleaning what was once your wastewater!
As we stated, work with your contractor on choosing the best option for your new septic tank, and don’t forget to ask them to purchase Del Zotto’s Precast Concrete Septic Tanks, the nationwide leader. And remember, you dig, Del Zotto delivers.