5 Important Factors to Consider When Buying a Septic Tank


A septic tank is an invaluable waste management resource where your property is not connected to the public waste line. It helps collect, store and breakdown waste, slowly releasing treated grey water back into the soil. If you're out looking for a septic tank, there are five major factors you need to consider.


Traditionally, septic tanks were made of concrete. Today, plenty of septic tanks are still manufactured in concrete material. However, plastic and fibreglass tanks are available too. These are found in reinforced designs that provide as much strength as the concrete tanks. However, larger capacity tanks are mostly found in concrete material to ensure structural integrity. Therefore, one of the factors you need to evaluate is what material to go with.


Compartmentalisation refers to how many sections your tank has. Some tanks have one compartment; others have two compartments separated by a baffle divider. Others feature two separate tanks altogether and others feature a septic tank and a separate holding tank. All these work in the same way.

However, tanks with more compartments may help process waste faster. Holding tanks, on the other hand, may help with sludge disposal and save you from emergency pump-outs, should your tank fill. Talk with suppliers like Earthsafe Services Pty Ltd and find out how each product will help with your waste management.

Tank capacity

Another important factor to evaluate is how much waste your tank can hold. This decision should primarily be guided by the number of people in the property. The more people you have in the household, the more space you need. It's therefore important to evaluate if the size of your family will expand in future such as children and other dependants.

Septic tank technology

Traditionally, all septic tanks worked in one way: they would decant the waste and release grey water into the leach field. Today, many different septic tank technologies are in use. Some help process waste faster, others override the need to pump your tank and so forth. On this criterion, it's up to you to decide which product to go with. However, make sure it's approved by the local council and health department first.

Installation location

Last but not least, you have to evaluate where to place your tank. Despite your personal wishes, a septic tank cannot be installed just anywhere. Various factors such as distance from the house, soil stability and soil drainage have to be checked first. Also, septic tanks should not be placed where vehicles will be driving over. A septic tank inspector can help provide different options for you after inspecting your premises.

Once you have chosen your ideal tank, have it approved by the local authorities before installation. Your supplier can undertake installation upon purchase. After that, you can look forward to many years of use ahead.


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Repairing Broken Buildings

Welcome to my blog! My name is Richard and my big passion in life is looking for old buildings to restore. My love of old buildings started when I was seven years old and I visited my grandparent's house in Alice Springs. It was a large Victorian building which looked magnificent even though it was in a bad state of repair. Once I grew up and made some money, I decided I would like to invest in old buildings to bring them back to life. I hire a range of different contractors to complete the work on my behalf but I take a keen interest and I have learnt a lot of things.