Welcome to my site. My name is Jorge. The septic company sent a notice to my home recently about pumping out the tank. After living in my home for a few years, it was time to service the septic tank to keep it in good condition for years afterward. I watched in awe as the septic truck cleared the tank and restored the function of the system. I will use this site to discuss the process of servicing the septic tank. I will also talk about repairs commonly performed on the septic components. I hope you will visit often to learn more.
When you buy a new property and are installing a septic tank for the first time, you need to evaluate the soil conditions before the installation can begin. Assessing the soil composition ensures that the drain field connected to the septic tank will function well. The liquid waste in the septic tank exits into the drain field, where it drains deep underground.
If your property's soil has a high clay content, however, then a drain field may not function properly. You'll likely need an alternative septic system called a mound system. To learn why clayey soil can pose a problem for septic systems and how you can work around it, read on.
What Problems Does Clayey Soil Cause for Septic Systems?
Clayey soil doesn't drain well, which makes it impossible to put a drain field in an area that has clayey soil. Clay soil expands when it gets wet, which blocks off all the tiny pores that water normally goes through in the soil as it drains underground. All of the liquid waste entering the drain field from the septic tank would quickly saturate the soil, causing it to expand and preventing drainage. With nowhere to go, the liquid waste from the septic tank would back up into your home.
How Do You Install a Septic System on a Property With Clayey Soil?
When you need to install a septic tank in an area with clayey soil, you'll need to use a mound system instead of a traditional drain field. A mound system uses a small hill that's made from sand and gravel as the drain field instead of the soil on your property. A pump installed near the septic tank pushes liquid waste uphill toward the top of the mound, where it's distributed into the sand and gravel layers.
The sand and gravel layers will filter and purify the liquid waste coming from your septic tank before it reaches your property's natural soil. The pump in a mound septic system is programmed with a timer that makes sure most of the liquid waste will have a chance to evaporate before it reaches the clayey soil below, so you don't have to worry about the soil becoming waterlogged and preventing drainage.
While a mound septic system is more expensive to install than a traditional septic system because it needs a pump and a mound, it's a reliable way of ensuring that your septic system will function well if your property's soil has a high clay content. If you're installing a septic tank on your property and you know it has clayey soil, contact a septic tank installation service in your area that has experience installing mound-type systems. They'll make sure that your new septic system is one that's adequate for your property's soil composition.
Contact a local septic tank installation service to learn more.