The 3 Most Important Parts Of Any Septic System Design

Whether you are building a brand new home that will make use of a septic system or you wish to install a septic system on your existing property, the first step in this process will be to hire a contractor to design your new septic system. There are three primary parts of any septic system design that your contractor will need to concentrate on. You can learn more about each of these three important factors below.

#1: Capacity

One thing that many people do not realize is that septic tanks actually come in a variety of sizes. Choosing the right size for your septic system design will be an important part of the system's functionality. This is because you will want to have a septic tank that offers a large enough capacity that you are able to avoid the need to have this tank pumped on a regular basis. However, you will also want to avoid choosing a tank that is larger than needed since the area of your yard that houses this tank can have limitations on how it can be used over the years. For instance, you will not be able to install a swimming pool or drive heavy machinery in the area where your septic tank is buried.  

#2: Drainage

When designing your septic system, your contractor will also need to address the issue of drainage. All septic systems make use of a drain field where gray water can be released in order to make room for incoming waste water inside your septic tank. It is essential that this drain field is located far enough away from the foundation of your home that the higher ground water levels do not result in water damage or basement flooding. It is also essential to ensure that a medium is used that will allow for the quick absorption of ground water. Consequently, different types of soil or rocks may be added to the drain field in order to improve absorption rates. 

#3: Accessibility

While the hope is always that your septic system will operate flawlessly over the years, the fact is that this system may eventually require repairs. Your septic tank will also need to be pumped from time to time in order to avoid an overflow. That is why it is important to consider the need for accessibility in your septic system design. The easier your septic system is to access, the less expensive and time consuming maintaining and repairing this system will be in the future.