More Maple Falls homebuilders are choosing to install septic systems rather than choosing the often more expensive option of connecting to the municipal sewer line. If you decide to go this route, one of your first decisions will be determining the optimum septic system size for your residence.
Why Septic System Size Matters
Septic systems hold wastewater for about 24 hours. During these hours, the bacteria separate the solids from the liquid before releasing the effluent, or waste, to the drain field. If your system is too small for the size of your home, the pipes build too much pressure, preventing the waste from entering the tank. The excess water inhibits waste breakdown by diluting the bacteria. If your system is too large, the tank won’t have enough water to encourage bacteria growth. Both situations lead to ineffective waste breakdown, which costs more due to increased septic pumping and inspection intervals.
Septic System Sizing Guidelines
So how is size determined? By the amount of water used per household. Consider this estimate:
- Two-bedroom or 1,500-square-foot home: 750-gallon septic system
- Three-bedroom or 2,500-square-foot home: 1,000-gallon septic system
- Four-bedroom or 3,500-square-foot home: 1,250-gallon septic system
These are just rough guidelines. Building codes in your area may also impact the tank size required for your home. A septic inspector can determine the optimal septic tank size based on all of the above factors. The bottom line is that bigger is not better. In addition to size, you’ll want to use best practices for septic systems to keep yours in top running order.
We Maintain Septic Systems in Maple Falls
Lil John Sanitary Services performs septic checkups for Maple Falls homes. We’re also grease trap maintenance experts for Maple Falls businesses. Septic systems aren’t one-size-fits-all units; contact us today for a free consultation!
Maintenance for Every Septic System Size in Maple Falls
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