3 Tips For Having Your Septic Tank Replaced

Septic tanks do not last forever. If yours has been backing up and simply pumping the tank has not done the trick, you should have the tank inspected to see if it requires replacement. If you discover that it does, here are a few tips to ensure your septic tank replacement process goes smoothly.

Consider different tank material choices.

Septic tanks can be made from plastic, concrete, or stainless steel. You do not have to stick with the same material that your current tank is made from. Instead, consider the pros and cons of each. Plastic tanks tend to be the cheapest, but they are prone to collapse if someone parks or drives heavy equipment over them. Stainless steel tanks are easy to install and affordable, but they will eventually corrode and may require replacement again within 15 or 20 years. A concrete tank will last the longest, but it costs the most and is quite difficult to have installed. Get your septic company to give you an estimate for all three, so you can compare options with real numbers in front of you.

Make sure the tank is placed properly.

You will have some say as to where the tank is placed. If your drainage field is compacted, as it often will be by the time you need a new tank, you will need to have it rebuilt anyways. And it's just as easy for the excavation company to build a new drainfield in a new location as it is for them to reconstruct your older one. 

You want the tank to be placed downhill from your home, so the septic water does not drain towards your foundation. You also want it far away from any large trees so that the tree roots don't grow into the tank. Don't place it anywhere you might want to park, either. Even concrete and stainless steel tanks can suffer damage if you park on them.

Choose the right size tank.

If your septic tank is too small for your needs, you will need to have it pumped more often. You may be tempted to go with a smaller tank to save cash, but you'll end up paying more for maintenance in the long run. A small, 750-gallon tank will work in a home with one or two residents, but you will want a 1,000 gallon tank for a household of 4, and a 1250 gallon one for a larger family.

Contact a septic service for more help.