Your home’s septic system is important for keeping your home free of toxins that stem from the waste that goes into it. Sometimes a septic system may become damaged or ultimately fail. Other times, the system simply needs to be pumped as standard maintenance.
Whether you need a repair or a septic system flush, it is important that you have some knowledge about the system that keeps your waste away from your home. When you contact a professional to work on your septic tank, they may ask you about the type of system you have; unfortunately, “A regular one,” isn’t the right answer. Here is our in-depth look at the different types of septic systems on the average property.
What Do All Septic Systems Have in Common
While there are different types of septic systems in the industry, there are some aspects of them that simply don’t change from example to example. No matter what type of septic system you have, they will always contain:
- A tank that holds wastewater and solids
- A drain field that allows waste to eventually mold with the soil
Conventional Septic Systems
Conventional septic systems are the most common and basic system found in the home. When determining the type of conventional system that your home has, it is important to know that even the most basic systems have their differences.
This conventional system uses gravity to move waste to its destination. These systems use septic tanks that are located at a higher physical level than other tanks, hence its use of gravity.
Pressure Distribution System
This conventional system is best known for its pump that efficiently distributes waste into drain fields. This septic system option provides a uniform distribution of wastewater that makes it extremely efficient and one of the preferred systems of homeowners due to a reduction in septic tank problems.
Alternative Septic Systems
Although alternative systems are similar to conventional septic systems, they do function in a way that makes them stand out from the crowd. These systems are usually utilized to work in specific environments that would not typically support a conventional system.
An example of an alternative system working for its environment is the Mound System. These systems are installed in locations where there is minimal soil for treatment. This system is also usually placed in areas where a drain field is located above ground level.
Sand Filter System
This system is useful because it has a sand filtering system that effectively pumps and distributes effliuent in areas where minimal soil is available.
Texas Johns Knows Our Septic Systems Inside-Out
If you notice symptoms of a failing septic system, it may be time for a septic pump or repair. Your septic professional will need to know the type of tank that they are working with, so these basic understandings of your system should prove useful.
No matter what your system is, Texas Johns has a team of professionals that will be able to successfully complete any system repair or maintenance job. Contact us today to schedule an inspection of your home’s system.