The term “septic system” refers to a plumbing system with many other parts, including seepage pits, leach lines, and more. Homeowners with septic systems often don’t realize that different parts of the plumbing system exist.
However, a plumber can explain the system and ensure everything is in working order to handle the plumbing waste from your property. If there are ever any issues with your septic tank or seepage pits, then the best thing you can do is call an expert plumber and an experienced excavation contractor for assistance.
What Is a Seepage Pit?
Seepage pits work to filter and collect gray and black water out of the septic tank. The pit is designed with anaerobic bacteria that feed on organic matter, then the pure water seeps through the stone and into the ground below.
Technically, a seepage pit is a well. It is lined with stones or porous materials that filter the water before it seeps into the ground. Seepage pits are an alternative option if a drain field won’t work in the area.
This method is a way to handle household waste without any toxic concerns in the surrounding area. You can discard the water coming from the septic tank while protecting the environment at the same time.
Five Reasons Why You May Need a Seepage Pit
Just because you have a septic tank doesn’t necessarily mean you also have a seepage pit. If you are wondering whether you need this feature, then it’s time to talk to a plumber and an excavation contractor about your needs. Here are a few reasons why you might consider seepage pits for your property.
1.) High Water Usage
If your household uses a lot of water, you need a safe place to discard the water. A drain field and septic system are great solutions for managing the used water. Instead of holding all the water in a tank, the treated wastewater can seep into the ground and return to the normal water and weather cycle.
2.) Limited Space
Because of the way seepage pits are designed, they provide an ideal solution when space constraints are a concern. They are designed using concrete rings or masonry blocks, leaving a smaller horizontal footprint than other septic system designs. So, seepage pits are perfect if you have limited space on your property.
Even if you have the space available, it’s possible that you might prefer to use the space for other things. For example, reducing the footprint of the septic system allows for more room for unique landscaping features, courtyards, swimming pools, driveways, and more.
3.) Environmental Regulations
When preparing to install or upgrade a septic system, always check local regulations to ensure everything is compliant. There might be specific guidelines that must be followed to protect the environment and surrounding soil.
Since seepage pits are environmentally friendly, they offer an effective solution for properties with strict environmental regulations. However, it’s important to maintain consistency with the maintenance and care to ensure the system always works optimally.
4.) High Water Table
A high water table limits some of the septic tank features that can be installed on your property. For example, the drain field might be limited by the high water, making it difficult for water coming from the house to move through the system. Or, water might actually flow from the drain field and back into the septic tank.
A good septic tank installer will evaluate the water table to determine the ideal layout for your system. Evaluating the conditions to determine how seepage pits, drain fields, and other features will perform is essential. Even if the water table is high, there are still solutions to manage the septic tank without complications.
5.) Cost Considerations
The overall cost of installing a septic system depends on various factors, including the size of the tank, materials, type of tank, and the system’s complexity. Even though it might increase the cost to install additional features (such as seepage pits and drain fields), ensuring a reliable and effective system is worth the expense.
Remember that investing in a well-designed system will give you the long-lasting results you need. An efficient plumbing system protects your home and allows you to use all the modern plumbing features you need. Seepage pits can last for decades when properly designed and cared for properly. A well-designed seepage pit with quality materials can last 50 years or more.
Mikula Contracting Can Help Install a Seepage Pit for You
Do you need installation support for septic tanks, seepage pits, and more? Call the experts for help. At Mikula Contracting, we offer full-service solutions, including excavation and installation. Our team has an excellent reputation in the area, and we can help with both commercial drainage and residential drainage. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about available services.