3 Factors That Influence Septic Tank Installation

Posted on: 25 March 2020

When it comes to septic tank systems, there are a variety of factors that have an impact on the installation process. These factors extend well beyond the size and style of the tank; they also include details about the area where the tank and drain field will be installed. If you have a new installation on the horizon, learn how the area of the septic tank installation affects the entire process.

1. Slope

The slope is a very important factor in the installation process because it has a direct impact on how wastewater moves. Gravity plays an important role in the transfer process of wastewater to the drain field. For this reason, if the septic tank is installed lower than the drain field, the water will not flow correctly. 

If the layout of your land would result in this type of configuration, you would need to install a special system that would move the wastewater upward from the tank to the drain field; otherwise, the system will not function correctly. 

2. Space

How much space is available around the property is another important factor. Ideally, the larger the drain field, the better, because the larger the drain field is, the more water can be filtered at one time. However, an abundance of space is not always available. In this instance, if you don't have much land to install the septic tank and drain field, you want to ensure you install a tank with an aerobic feature. 

Aerobic-enhanced systems typically have more than one tank and they use air, or oxygen, to more aggressively break down the waste matter in the tank. For smaller drain fields, this type of septic tank system is crucial to avoid frequent backups. 

3. Soil

The soil makeup on your property is another important element. As wastewater moves from the septic tank to the drain field, it's the soil's job to filter the wastewater and ensure the waste products are disposed, or absorbed, into the ground. 

If you live in an area near water and the ground has a high water table or you live in an area where there is coarse or clay soil, the soil will not be able to properly filter the wastewater, and as a result, you're more likely to have frequent backups within your septic system. In these types of scenarios, it's often best to install a supportive aid with the septic tank, such as a sand filter system, to help in the filter process.  

For specific questions about your installation process, it's always best to speak with an installation professional for assistance and guidance. Reach out to companies like Honest John's Septic Service Inc to learn more.