How to shop for a new septic tank

Most homeowners don’t really think about their home’s septic tank until they’re forced to. From bad smells to nasty backflows, this part of many Canadian homes’ plumbing infrastructure has quite a dramatic way of making its presence felt.

If you find yourself in the market for a new septic tank, some vital considerations about septic tanks need to be made before settling on one. It is worth it to do some research and take our time; even though it takes a little more effort at first, we can save ourselves from future headaches or time, energy, and stress.

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Step 1:  Be clear about your septic tank’s functions

A septic tank collects all the wastewater of a home that is not part of a municipal or town water system. This piece of equipment treats and stores wastewater by allowing the fluid to settle. Bacteria in the fluid filter out and digest any contaminants the fluid contains. As the tank fills, the clarified fluid rises to the top and is absorbed by the soil surrounding the tank.

Septic tank risers are pipes that help maintenance professionals clean and adjust tank systems.

Step 2: Figure out your household needs

There is no one size fits all “standard” septic tank model that works for all homes under all situations. You have to factor in your property’s soil condition and type, the number of people living in your home, and the average annual water usage of your household to estimate the type of septic tank you should get as well as the most suitable size for your house. Make sure to consult with a septic tank system expert or licensed professional plumber to fully sift through your household’s specific needs.

Step 3: Distinguish between different types of septic tanks

Homeowners can choose among several types of septic tanks from plastic, fiberglass, to traditional concrete. Each kind has its own best application. Determine what kind works best depending on where your house is located and the type as well as condition of your soil. For instance, concrete tanks last longer than any other type but are also the heaviest. Concrete can handle most weather conditions. On the other hand, fiberglass may be less durable but they are resistant to corrosion and thus easier to install since they are light in weight.

Step 4: Pick tank size based on your home’s projected usage

This step is crucial. Base your tank size selection on your home’s estimated water usage in a typical year. You can also select tank size based on how many bedrooms your home has. The more rooms you have, the bigger the tank you should get.

Step 5: Pick a model with ease of maintenance in mind

Should something go wrong with your tank in the future, make sure the model you pick accommodates the design and placement of most types of septic tank risers. This helps ensure regular and safe septic system maintenance.

Step 6: Factor in long term maintenance costs into your budget

While some tank types can have very attractive price tags, think beyond the initial purchase price. Factor in the long term maintenance cost of the model. For example, while plastic septic tanks have lower prices, they need more frequent upkeep. This maintenance volume over time can cost you more.

When shopping for a new septic tank, there are many factors to consider such as size, material, placement, budget, and hiring professionals for installation. Therefore, understanding your needs, researching options and prioritizing quality and sustainability will enable the Canadian homeowners make a well-informed choice when purchasing a new septic system that fits their homes while at the same time promoting environmental responsibility.

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