Alternative Vs. Traditional Septic Systems: Facts For Homeowners

When you are choosing the type of septic system you want for your home, you pretty much have two different choices: you can either go with a traditional system or you can go with an alternative septic system that is totally different. If you are like most average homeowners, you really will not know enough about either option to make the best decision for your home. Take a look at some of what you should know about alternative and traditional septic systems so you can be better prepared to pick the right setup for your home. 

Most traditional septic systems will have a septic tank. 

One of the biggest differences between a traditional and alternative septic system is the fact that a traditional system will almost always involve the use of a septic tank, and an alternative system will not always have a septic tank as you would expect. Most alternative systems rely on a cleaning system that treats the wastewater and makes it safe enough to return back into the environment. The traditional system relies more on the septic tank to house solids and distribute fluids. 

Alternative systems usually require more maintenance than traditions systems. 

Traditional systems do most of the work on their own, other than you having to occasionally get the septic tank cleaned or pumped out by a company like AAA Pumping Service. On the other hand, alternative septic systems can require more maintenance and upkeep because the system is more complex with more complicated parts. For example, if you have an alternative septic system setup, you will likely have a processing unit that will need occasional attention. Even though this can be a bit of a hassle for some homeowners, it is a worthy trade-off because they do not have a lot of soil space available for a regular setup. 

Traditional septic systems require much more space. 

One of the pitfalls of a traditional septic system is that it can require a lot more ground space than what an alternative septic system will require. The tank takes up space, the drain field has to be larger, and even the carry lines need to be a certain length. On the other hand, an alternative septic system can be installed with less soil available because the waste that goes into a drain field is already pre-treated and does not need as much soil space to filter through. This one thing makes the alternative setup logical for small residential properties that do not boast a lot of ground space.