If you are in the market for a new septic tank you have probably seen or heard about all of the different types of septic systems and septic tanks. This short article will tell you about the benefits of having a cement septic tank.
Cement septic systems have always been popular and in the past, before plastic and fiberglass, the concrete tanks where the only option around. One of the reasons this type of tank is seen so much is because it can withstand the test of time. A properly constructed cement tank will last for half a century or more. However, if the cement is not mixed or poured properly it may only last a few years. Buying from a reputable contractor is essential.
Concrete septic tanks are very heavy, even when empty. This means that they will not float in the ground and rise out of the ground over time, like a plastic tank does sometimes.
The concrete septic tanks are recommended for large households because they can be built to be quite large. In fact, they can be poured to almost any size, but the larger the cement tank, the heavier it will be and the bigger the crane required to install it. A plastic tank, the same size as a cement tank, is only a fraction of the weight.
Probably the most important advantage of cement tanks is that they are allowed in every state. Plastic and fiberglass tanks are not permitted in some states.
So, to quickly recap the advantages of a cement tank:
- They are durable and will last for over half a century if they are properly built and maintained
- Concrete septic tanks will not float in the ground because they are heavy
- These types of tanks are recommended for large households because they can hold a lot of septic effluent
- They are permitted in every state
In conclusion, make sure that you do your homework and find the best tank for your needs. Depending on where you live and how large your household is you may be able to choose from cement, plastic or fiberglass tanks. Do not take your decision lightly because septic problems after the septic system is installed can give you gray hairs. There are a lot of free resources online and any local contractor would be happy to help you make the best choice.