5 Types of Septic Systems

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Have you ever wondered what types of septic systems are out there? Many homeowners do not realize that they have more than one septic option.

What are the different types of septic systems?

While many types and varieties are available, we have compiled a list of 5 septic systems and the features they provide.

1. Conventional Septic Systems

Conventional septic systems work well for small homes or businesses. As with most septic systems, they consist of a septic tank and a drainfield that is composed of pipes packed inside gravel. Wastewater exits from the house through pipes. It makes a pit stop in the septic tank so that waste can be broken down and treated. Then it heads toward the drainfield. Microbes in the soil allow for a second treatment of any bacteria left in the wastewater.

2. Chamber Systems

A chamber septic system works like a conventional septic system, but with a different set of pipes. It is a gravel less system that releases water from the septic tank into “chambers.” Soil packs the walls of the chambers, where the water receives the same treatment as with a conventional septic system. The main difference between a conventional and a chamber system is the method of draining.

3. Drip Distribution Systems

Drip distribution septic systems can be used with a variety of drain fields. In this system, drip laterals work within the top layer of soil, which allows wastewater to gradually “drip” its way into the soil for treatment. The primary disadvantage of this system is that it requires an extra tank for the water to stop after the septic tank. This second tank controls the speed at which the water drips to avoid flooding in the drainfield.

4. Aerobic Treatment Units

Aerobic septic systems provide a good option to homes with high water tables, poor soil, and small lots for draining. This type of unit uses added oxygen to encourage bacterial treatment of the wastewater. An Aerobic System looks different from a conventional septic system in that a more powerful treatment allows for a smaller leach field.

5. Mound Systems

A mound septic system typically works best in areas with a low soil level or high groundwater. Professionals build and leave a mound of sand. The septic tank releases wastewater into a pumping system that, in turn, sends the water to the sand mound a little at a time. These types of systems require extra maintenance.

How can you know which septic system is right for you?

Several variables can help you determine which septic system works best for your home or business. Groundwater, soil level, location, space, and more all play a crucial role in this decision. We recommend that you request a PERC test and contact a professional to ensure that you choose the septic system that best fits your needs.

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Norway Septic Inc. is a service-oriented company dedicated to providing excellent septic tank cleaning and septic tank pumping services to homeowners and business owners in the Michiana area. We take pride in doing the job that others leave behind. If you have further questions or if you would like to schedule a system inspection by one of our professionals, call us today.

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