Every home needs a way to get rid of waste water. For many homes connecting to the sewer system is too costly or perhaps not even a viable option. In these cases, fitting a septic tank is often the most cost effective way to proceed. Here are three areas to consider when you reach out to your local company specialising in fitting waste water systems and find out how a septic tank could benefit your home.
What exactly is a septic tank?
It is important to understand how a septic tank differs for a sewer. A sewer will simply carry the waste away from your property, while a septic tank treats the water on your property. Septic tanks remove solid waste from water through the natural filtering properties of the soil. Once the waste water systems have removed the water from the tank, the bacteria are removed by the soil, leaving the water safe to reuse. A properly maintained septic tank may last as long as 40 years or more before it needs to be replaced.
Is a septic tank right for you?
For some people, it is impossible to connect their property to a sewer network. Other homeowners will need to make a decision about whether to opt for a sewer connection or a septic tank. This is a decision that should not be taken lightly, but overall septic tanks usually work out to be better value for money over a long period of time. Connecting to a sewer system and installing a septic tank to remove waste water both have an initial cost, although the septic tank is normally the cheaper of the two. While the installation cost will vary depending where you live and the nature of the system you require, the running costs of the tank will be less than using the waste water systems of your nearest sewer since a tank has no regular bills except an occasional maintenance charge.
A septic tank reduces your environmental footprint
It's not just the lower operating cost which encourages many to opt for a septic tank. All the water which has been filtered by the tank returns to the soil, meaning that your tank helps to replenish your local water table — something that is highly beneficial for your local wildlife and vegetation.
Maintaining your septic tank
To keep your waste water systems operating properly, it is important that you have your system regularly inspected by a qualified professional who will be able to ensure that it remains free from clogging and other damage and will keep on working and saving you money for many years.