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septic system installation

What is a Septic septic system?

A septic system is used to treat and dispose of sewage with the help of an underground septic tank made of plastic, concrete, or fiberglass. Essentially, a septic system provides wastewater treatment for both commercial and residential areas that are not connected by a municipal sewer line. These systems are most common in rural areas where municipal sewer lines are not available. 

What are the different types of septic systems?

Conventional Septic System - This system uses gravity to move household sewage into the septic tank. Once it reaches the tank the sewage is separated into layers, allowing the solid waste to settle at the bottom. The liquid wastewater rises to the top. When this liquid sewage rises to the outflow pipe it then flows into a drain field where it can decompose farther, and in a safe manner. 


Alternative Septic System - This system collects sewage much like the conventional septic system does, but rather than the sewage being broken down by naturally occurring bacteria, oxygen helps with this process. Because of this drain fields for alternative systems typically require less land while also releasing cleaner wastewater. 


Engineered Septic System - This system collects and separates sewage into tanks, but instead of relying on gravity the sewage is pumped into the leach field. Engineered septic systems are best used for households located on an uphill slope. 

The material these tanks are made of can vary from concrete to plastic and fiberglass. The advantages and disadvantages from each vary. 

Is your new or current home in need of a septic system upgrade? Give 1st Choice Septic Pumping a call to find out what solution best fits your needs at 573-280-5032. 

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