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How to Choose a Septic System


Once you’ve decided to install a septic system, you may start thinking about septic care and maintenance. Your new system, after all, will require you to be more mindful of habits like conserving water and pouring grease down the drain.

But before you begin enforcing these new house rules, you’ll want to focus on choosing the best septic system for your home.

Yes, that’s right—there are options. Contrary to popular belief, not all septic systems solely involve a tank and drain field. Some types of septic systems require advanced treatment methods to compensate for poor drainage in the soil.

And even if a septic system does operate with just a tank and drain field, there are still other factors to consider. These aspects will determine your specific requirements, and ultimately, the type of septic system you need.

If you’re like most homeowners, you’re likely wondering how to choose a septic system. Here’s what should influence your decision:



Aside from any local laws and regulations, the landscape of your neighborhood matters. For instance, if your property is close to water or is in a rocky area, there might not be enough soil to filter wastewater. You may need a sand filter system, which uses a sand filter to treat water.



The available space plays a role. For example, you may need an aerobic septic system if you have a smaller property. This option—which uses multiple tanks and oxygen to break down organic matter— would be ideal because its drain field is quite small.



The slope of your land also matters. Remember, standard septic systems rely on gravity to move wastewater through. But if your property slopes upward, or if the drain field needs to be installed far away, you’ll likely need another type of system to help the tank drain upward.



It’s also critical to consider trees, buildings, and other structures in your yard. Depending on what can be removed, your landscape may determine the size of your septic system and drain field. (Things like trees can damage or obstruct the system). At the very least, this affects any preparation required before the system is installed.



The success of your drain field depends on the surrounding soil. But if the area doesn’t have enough soil to filter wastewater, you may need an alternative treatment method.



As an outdoor structure that handles water, rainfall also affects your system. You’ll likely need an alternative version if you live in a dry environment that gets less than two feet of rain per year.



You also need to make sure your septic tank is the right size. If you have a particularly large family, you’ll want a tank big enough to handle the wastewater each day.



Is your house a permanent home? Or is it your summer or winter house? This impacts your household’s typical water usage, which then influences your ideal tank size.



We know that this is a lot of information to absorb. But luckily for you, Paradise Valley Septic is ready to help you throughout the entire process. Our team will explain how we choose a septic system for your property, along with many options and alternatives, if applicable.

Paradise Valley Septic serves Phoenix and the surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment, contact us at (480) 351-1725.


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