While all septic systems are relatively similar and accomplish the same basic task, there are different types that work best depending on various conditions of the property in question. Tri-County Water Services is here to help with septic system installation in Chester County, PA, and to explain the different types of septic systems in PA that are available to you.
Types of Conventional Septic Systems
A Gravity System, also called a basic or standard system, is the most common type of septic system. It uses gravity to move waste liquids and solids (effluent) through the septic tank and into the drainfield.
A Pressure Distribution System employs a pump to distribute effluent through the drainfield simultaneously. This setup is used in many newer septic systems because it allows for better use of the entire drainfield, and minimizes the risk of drainfield failures.
Types of Alternative Septic Systems
A Mound System is installed where there is little or no soil available for a typical drainfield, so a drainfield is constructed above ground level.
An Aerobic Treatment Unit (ATU) uses oxygen to break down waste solids, which results in cleaner wastewater than conventional septic systems.These are often used in more environmentally sensitive areas in which wastewater requires more thorough treatment before passing to the drainfield.
A Sand Filter System is also used where there is minimal soil for a typical drainfield, and uses a pump and a sand filter to treat and distribute effluent.
How do I Choose the Best Septic System in PA?
We are happy to discuss the different types of septic systems, and help you determine which will best suit the conditions of your property. A septic system is an important investment, one that requires careful planning and professional advice, so get it touch with our experts by calling or filling out our contact form. We look forward to assisting and installing your new septic system!