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Having a septic system installed can be a large and costly project.  Ensure that you are getting the right system for your needs by considering things such as size and location, whether you should include a septic tank aerator, and looking at different septic pumps.

Septic tank aerators and septic pumps

A septic system relies on bacteria to help break down waste.  In a typical septic system, these bacteria are mostly anaerobic, meaning they use little to no oxygen.  In septic systems that include septic tank aerators, outside air is added to the tank through pipes to allow the bacteria to work aerobically.  This is sometimes preferable because it can allow the bacteria to work more efficiently and the water will be clearer when it leaves the septic tank.  This can be especially useful if you do not have a lot of room for a large drain field. However, septic tank aerators can add to the cost of your septic system installation, and they are electric so there can be ongoing electrical costs when they need work done.  Professional providers of septic tank services and products (www.wastewaterpro.com/) can help you determine if septic tank aerators are right for your system.

You will also need to decide if your system needs a septic tank pump.  Your septic service providers will evaluate the elevation and water table in your area.  If the elevation of the distribution box and/or the drain field is going to be higher than that of the septic tank, you will need a submersible septic system pump in the last chamber of the septic tank to pump effluent out of the tank when the water level gets to a certain point.

Septic system size and location considerations

Requirements can vary in different areas, but you need a permit to have a septic system installed and it cannot be too close to any existing structures.  When choosing the location for your septic system, you will need to ensure that it is not too close to your home or driveway, and there will be a certain distance required from wells and water lines.  You also want to ensure that your septic system is not installed in an area where you will need drive or build. Driving, building, or parking over your septic system can damage it because of the added weight.

The ideal size for your septic tank will depend on the amount of water that is expected to be run through your system on a daily basis.  Your septic system installers will estimate this based on the size of your home and the number of people that are likely to live there. Most residential septic tanks are between 750 and 1,250 gallons.  The size of your drain field will depend on the size of your septic tank and if you have a septic tank aerator. Usually systems with an aerator can have smaller drain fields than those without, but you won’t know the exact recommendations until you begin looking into the work with a septic services professional.

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What are septic tank pumps used for?

When people mention septic tank pumps, they often think of a device that is used in order to ensure that after a toilet is flushed, the process of breaking down the contents of a home’s septic system using increased air flow happens uninterrupted. This is definitely the case, but there are also other uses for these pumps - as well as other locations where they are useful. 

Put simply, these septic tank pumps are simply a means to disrupting the water and agitating it so that the bacteria and chemicals in it can do their job completely, breaking down solids and eventually eliminating them through a natural process. They are also responsible for moving the water within a specific chamber of the system from one area to the next, as well as to ensure that the water within the system doesn’t simply stay put - that it goes somewhere. The septic pump is not the same thing as an aerator, which is always inside of the system - septic system pumps can be installed inside of a tank, meaning that they can be submerged, or they can be outside of the tank, too. It all depends on need and the available space surrounding the tank itself. 

Using septic tank pumps in other locations

Outdoor ponds: Whether it’s a small garden pond or a larger on-property pond, septic system pumps can also be used to move water around in this instance, creating even a small amount of flow in an otherwise still body of water. The pump will move the water, and though it doesn’t get pumped out the same way it would from a septic system, the introduced air and currents within the water will keep bacteria from growing atop the water’s surface. 

Commercial buildings: Even though we tend to think of most commercial spaces as being attached to main sewer lines, this isn’t always the case, and sometimes, a commercial building will need to be attached to a septic system - and include a septic tank pump. This process works much the same way that in home septic tank pumps work, except they are often on a much larger scale. 

Irrigation systems: For some people, using a septic pump with an irrigation system is a solution that makes sense. While this might not work on a large farm or for very tempermental crops, the ability to have a small, compact pump that pushes a lot of water through it every hour is necessary. This is especially useful when farmland is located next to a natural body of water, meaning that this can be pumped instead of using water from a hose. 

Though there are other options for septic tank pumps, they were designed to be used within septic systems first and foremost, so that is where they will do the most good - and make the most sense to use. For more information, contact www.wastewaterpro.com and learn about the best septic pumps solutions for your home or business!