How to Choose the Best Septic System for Your Property

Need to install a new septic system on your property? It’s important to do your research, and make the right choice for your safety, home, and environment. 

These days, a conventional septic system isn’t the only option. New technology makes it possible to install greener, cleaner systems that guarantee the safety of your home and property. Here is a quick list of some of the most commonly installed septic systems in North America. If you’re interested in any of these options, talk to your local septic professionals about design and installation. 

Conventional Septic System

Most rural homes use a conventional septic system. This is the most basic, and common, way to safely dispose of waste on a large property. 

Here’s how it works: waste is channeled through pipelines, or a sewer main, away from the home to a septic tank. Within the tank, heavy solid waste settles on the bottom. As it is safely broken down by bacteria, it eventually rises to the top as light wastewater. Wastewater is then channeled out of the top of the tank and distributed into a leach field, where it will safely filter into the ground. 

The conventional system has worked for homes around the country for decades. But if your property is a little smaller, if you’re concerned about environmental regulations, or if your ground can’t pass the percolation test, you might be interested in a green alternative. 

Aerobic Septic System 

An aerobic septic system is a faster, greener, and cleaner alternative to the conventional system. 

In this system, air is electronically pumped into the septic tank to expedite the breakdown of waste. This makes it so that the wastewater that rises to the top of the tank is cleaner and contains less harmful bacteria by the time it is released into the leach field. Aerobic septic tanks can protect the environment around your property from potentially toxic wastewater. They are also compact, efficient, and long-lasting — keeping your home safe and clean for years. 

Sand Mound Septic System 

A sand mound septic system adds a layer of safety to a conventional system by installing a large mound of fine sands and gravel over your leach field. 

By filtering wastewater through a mound, you can be sure that the water that eventually reaches the natural soil on your property is safe, and won’t cause any harm to the plant life or waterways around your property. This is a particularly useful option for anyone who’s property didn’t pass the percolation test. 

Interested in one of these septic systems? Get in touch with a septic design company near you to learn more.