Having a problem with your system? Need a new system installed? Have questions about your options? Think aerobic systems are the only options? Let us help!
My current system is stopped up. Do I Need a New System?
NO! However, in many circumstances, a new system is more economical than repairing/enlarging your existing system. If your system is stopped up or is surfacing, something needs to be done. Depending on the age of your system, it is possible to upgrade your system, but that may not be the best or most economical choice.
Is an Aerobic System my Only Option?
(1)There is the old-style conventional system.. It uses conventional septic tanks and then the effluent gravity flows into subsurface disposal trenches or beds. There are a number of variations in trench/bed design and materials, but all work on the same principles and are subject to the same basic problems. They all depend on the soil to absorb the effluent., and they are very expensive.
(2)The other primary alternative to aerobic systems in a Low Pressure Dosing (LPD). LPD systems use conventional septic tanks, but then use a pump to periodically dose the effluent into shallow trenches and pipes in the ground. The primary benefit of the LPD system is that the trenches are evely dosed, and have regular periods of rest. This maximizes the long term reliability of the system.
All of these systems are sensitive to usage. If more water is used than the system was designed for, there can be immediate and long term problems.
What are the Pro's/Con's of each type of system?
What should I consider when selecting a particular system/contractor?
How can I learn more?