The advancements in technology has brought us many different methods to treat our sewage. The conventional septic system includes a tank and a leach field. There are anaerobic bacteria within the septic system that treats the waste by breaking it down. A mound septic system releases the waste into a sand mound that treats it in much the same way as filtering water. Aerobic septic systems work much like a conventional system, but air is forced into the system which enhances bacterial treatment. You may want a Private Treatment Plant, which works in much the same fashion as an Aerobic System, but in a much more efficient way. Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plants are designed like your municipality's wastewater treatment plant which treats all wastewater to environmental standards, but only designed for your personal use. There are other Alternative Septic Systems on the market as well that will treat wastewater within environmental standards and release it back to you for use. Some of these mentioned above treatment systems will remove the need for a leach field and would be a good solution if your property doesn't pass the perc test. By hiring a qualified and skilled septic tank company, they will help you decide which option will be best for you based on your needs and location.
Conventional Septic System
You might have landed on this page by typing in “conventional septic system near me in San Luis Obispo” or the most common term “traditional septic system near me”. Whichever method you used to land on this page, you are looking for a conventional or traditional septic system company that will provide you with the best quality service possible at the most affordable rate possible.
A conventional or traditional septic system is comprised of piping coming from your home that is known as the “sewer main”. This sewer main feeds into a septic tank. There are several materials that your sewer tank can be made from. You may have a cement or concrete septic tank, a poly or plastic septic tank, and it may be a large or a small septic tank depending on your needs. The tank sits with 3 wastewater levels inside it—solids at the bottom which is where the bacteria live for breaking down the solids, the middle layer which is the partially treated wastewater coming from the solids at the bottom, and the top level which is pure liquid comprised of oil and lighter liquids. The top layer is fed into a pipe at the top of the septic tank and gets fed into a series of branched piped within a leach field. These branched pipes all are surrounded with sand and gravel. Once the liquid reaches the series of holes in these branched pipes, the wastewater is released into the gravel and sand for the final stage of the treatment process. The average cost of a conventional septic system ranges from $600 to $4,000 depending on the intended use size. Maintenance for this style of septic system can range anywhere from $250 up to the high side of $895.
Alternative Septic Systems
As stated previously, your property may not be suitable for a traditional septic system due to failing the perc test, size of property, a shallow water table, or for many other reasons. For instances like this, you may need to look for alternative septic systems that will treat your wastewater in a different process and remove the need for a leach field. Contacting an engineer with San Luis Obispo, CA Septic Systems will help you in deciding what would be the best septic solutions for your needs.
Aerobic Septic System
An Aerobic Septic System uses a pump and an aerator to force air into your septic tank. When air is injected into wastewater, it speeds up the breakdown that the bacteria perform which results in a more effective wastewater treatment solution. Alarms are installed on an aerobic septic system to alert the owner when problems arise. With a traditional septic system, no electricity is required for it's use. With an aerobic septic system, you'll have to calculate the annual electrical cost along with annual San Luis Obispo septic inspection cost to get an overall annual septic system cost for your budget.
Mound Septic System
For properties that don't pass the perc test, and a high-tech solution such as an alternative septic system or an advanced wastewater treatment system, the mound septic system is a good option. A mound of sand and sometimes gravel is formed on the property and a pump or “lift-station” directs the wastewater to the top of it. From this point, gravity takes over and the wastewater is filtered through the mound and resulting in environmentally friendly wastewater which is absorbed into the ground. The price range of having a mound septic system installed ranges from $10,000 to $20,000 with an average maintenance cost of just $500 in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Private Water Treatment Plants
A Private Water Treatment Plant is an all-in-one packaged system that performs in the same way as an aerobic septic system, but everything is housed together above-ground. Once the wastewater is treated as it would be in an underground septic tank, the treated wastewater is expelled into a leach field, soil, or a plant filter within the housing.
Advanced Wastewater Treatment System
As the name implies, this type of wastewater treatment system offers treatment past the traditional and secondary treatment systems. It removes suspended solids, such as phosphorus and nitrogen, to below environmental standards. The discharged wastewater is extremely environmentally friendly for the environment.
Alternative Septic Systems for Small Lots
If you happen to be in such a limited space that the normal traditional or conventional septic system is just not feasible for your needs, an alternative septic system for small lots may be the solution you're looking for. They are small units designed for above ground use and treat the wastewater to environmental standards so tight, you can directly discharge the treated wastewater onto the ground, in a ditch, or directly into a waterway. Perfect for hunting cabins or small homes situated next to a body of water, an alternative septic system for small lots should be a unit you consider.
Advanced Septic System
Much like the smaller version of the alternative septic system for small lots, the advanced septic system is an all-in-one septic treatment solution. It is designed to treat wastewater to below secondary treatment standards, which is well-below environmental standards, and reduce or eliminate the need of a leach field. The advanced part of this unit is that it needs no electricity to operate and maintenance is very minimal. A definite consideration for your septic system installation.
Common Septic System Questions
What is “maintenance” on a septic system?
Depending on the type of septic system you chose, it could be pump maintenance, aerator maintenance, alarm maintenance, or a septic tank pump out. During a conventional septic system pump out, the septic company will pump your septic tank down and check items like, the inlet and discharge piping, bacteria count, internal integrity of the tank itself, and ask you to flush all toilets to ensure proper flow and discharge. A full report will be written and given to you, regardless of the system or type of maintenance performed.
I have a traditional septic system. How often should it be maintained?
The rule of thumb is every 1 to 2 years depending on the use of your sewer system and how many occupants are using the facilities.
I just had my traditional septic system pumped out and now there's an awful smell. Is there a problem with my septic system?
Probably not. The smell you are receiving is coming from the pump out service. When the technician opens your septic tank to attach their hose and perform all of their inspections, smell from inside the tank naturally is released. The smell won't last long however, as it's outside the system and the wind will disperse it.