Roughly a third of all new home buyers are choosing the ecological benefits of using a septic tank system to recycle their home’s wastewater. Whether you’re building a new home with a septic tank system or replacing an existing one, here are a few things to know about a septic tank installation.
What are the different parts of a septic tank system?
There are four main components in a septic tank system.
- Main drain: This is where all of the different pipes in your house lead to. All of your home’s wastewater will flow through the main drain into the septic tank.
- Septic tank: The tank will be located several feet away from your home, depending on local building ordinances. There will be a cap for pumping and inspection access. The wastewater will collect in the tank, letting the solids settle on the bottom. The water on top will then be distributed into the drainfield.
- Drainfield: Sometimes referred to as a leach field, will be in a large area of your yard. It’s a specifically designed system of pipes that will distribute the wastewater slowly into the soil.
- Soil: The soil beneath the drainfield will remove the contaminants from the wastewater. The water will eventually be purified before it reaches the groundwater.
How long will the system last?
The longevity of the septic tank system depends on what the tank is made of and the specifics of the soil in the drainfield. Tanks made of steel might only last 15 to 20 years. You’ll get a longer life out of a concrete or plastic tank, as they can last for 40 years or longer.
What size septic tank do you need?
The size of the tank will depend on the size of your home and how many bathrooms there are. Most septic tanks will hold at least 750 gallons. The most common size is around 1000 gallons but can be as large as 1250 gallons or more. The most important thing is to have a tank that will support the home’s actual water usage.
Give us a call today for all of your Raleigh septic tank installation needs. Whether you’re looking for septic system pumping, inspection, repair, or installation, our certified team will be at your disposal. We’re even available 24-hours a day for any emergency septic system issues.