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Installing a septic system is a great way to keep your property independent from the city sewer infrastructure. Unfortunately, septic tanks aren't without their unique concerns and challenges. One such challenge is installing a septic system on a property that has a high water table. Here's a look at what you should know about septic systems and high water tables.
Does a High Water Table Matter?
High water tables can interfere with a septic system's ability to absorb waste water. This can lead to over-saturation in your drain field, which ultimately could cause your septic system to back up into your house.
The core structure of the septic system relies on waste water's ability to seep from the septic tank into the drain field to be filtered. For this to happen properly, the top layer of water under the ground level needs to be low enough for the soil to absorb that waste water. If the top layer of the water, known as the water table, is too high, the soil will saturate quickly, limiting the absorption and filtration ability of the system.
What Can You Do About a High Water Table?
Having a high water table on your property doesn't automatically rule out a septic system. You can mitigate the effects of a high water table with a few key steps. When planning the installation, you'll want to make sure that you choose a tank larger than you'd expect necessary for your peak demand. That way, you reduce the risk of facing a full tank.
You'll also want to plan for more frequent tank pumping if you have a high water table. The more often you pump your septic tank, the less accumulation you'll have. By keeping the waste from accumulating in the tank, you reduce any liquid flow into your drain field.
It is also beneficial to invest in a water treatment system. By installing a treatment system between the tank and the drain field, you'll clear out many of the contaminants before the water even reaches your drain field. Treatment systems like recirculating sand filters will draw out pathogens by sending the waste water through several layers of sand.
As you can see, while a high water table on your property is a cause for concern when it comes to septic systems, you're not out of luck. With the tips presented here and the help of a septic tank installation company like Lutzky Contracting, you can prepare your property and account for the water table without giving up your preference for a septic system.Share