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A few weeks ago, my husband and I met with a general contractor. We talked with this professional about building an addition onto our small home. At this time, he informed us about a problem with our septic tank. We learned we would have to relocate a couple of septic lines before construction could begin on our home. Are you considering building an addition onto your house or business? Before you get too far along in this complex process, think about consulting with someone from a reputable septic service in your area. An expert from a septic service can inform you if your current septic tank will be large enough to accommodate the addition. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most common tasks performed by septic services. Enjoy!

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4 Types Of Septic Tank Materials To Consider For Your Home

Debra Chapman

If you need to install a new septic system, you will want to think carefully about what type of material you want your septic tank to be made from. The material your septic tank is made from will impact your septic tank's strength and durability.

#1: Concrete 

If you want a septic tank that will last a very long time, you may want to consider a concrete septic tank. Concrete septic tanks are inherently watertight, which means they don't need to undergo any additional processes to be watertight, which is why concrete septic tanks can last for decades.

As concrete is affordable, it is easier to install a large concrete septic tank than other septic tanks. A concrete septic tank is not vulnerable to collapsing one being pumped. The one downside to a concrete septic tank is that if the concrete ever cracks, the waste may seep out of the tank and into the groundwater.

#2: Steel 

Another material you can use for your septic tank is steel. Steel septic tanks are strong; however, they are prone to corrosion. Since steel septic tanks can corrode, they are not a very popular option for homeowners. If you choose to install a steel septic tank, remember that you will want to start monitoring the septic tank's condition for rust in about two decades. If rust appears, you may need to replace your septic tank.

#3: Plastic

If you are looking for an inexpensive septic tank, you may want to go with a plastic tank. A plastic tank is not going to rust over time like a steel tank. Plastic tanks generally don't crack like concrete tanks are prone to. Plastic tanks are very durable and lightweight. You need to be careful when installing your plastic septic tank and ensuring that the tank isn't damaged during the installation process. Once in the ground, the tank should be fine. With the plastic septic tank, you need to make sure the tank is properly anchored so that it doesn't float up through the ground to the surface.

#4: Fiberglass

Finally, you may want to consider a fiberglass tank. Fiberglass tanks do not crack or rust like steel or concrete tanks. They tend to be slightly sturdier than plastic septic tanks, making them a little bit easier to install. It needs to be appropriately anchored like a plastic tank so that the tank doesn't float up through the surrounding soil.

The type of septic tank you need depends on how large of a septic tank you need, your overall budget, and the type of soil where the septic tank will be placed. Talk with a septic tank installation service to choose the best material for your new septic tank.


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