So, you were told you needed an engineered septic system because a traditional septic system was unable to be installed in your new residence. Before you take the leap, here’s everything you need to know about what exactly you can expect from having a septic system engineered on your property.
1 – An “Engineered Septic System” Can be A Lot of Things
It’s true! Although it might sound like one easily identifiable entity, there are plenty of septic systems that fall under the category of ‘engineered’ septic systems. To name but a few:
- Mound systems, which essentially displace a large amount of earth to build a septic system underground near your residence.
- Aerobic treatment systems, often used in waterside properties as an ecologically sensitive septic system alternative.
- Drip distribution systems, a system which uses a pump to distribute waste over many drip tubes. Typically used to water lawns, or in areas with clay, slopes, and shallow soil.
- Constructed wetlands systems, a system which is even more environmentally friendly than the Aerobic treatment system. Employs a system in which waste is recycled to fertilize a wetland developed on the property.
Although that covers some of the main options, there are still many more types of engineered septic systems that may be implemented onto a property, such as sand filter, plastic chamber leach field, and pressurized dosing systems. What these systems have in common is the same: they are all engineered alternatives to a traditional septic system and septic tank inspection Atlanta was made.
However, beyond their commonality in engineering, it’s quite easy to be highly flexible with what you want when implementing a septic system onto your property through engineering. For example, if you want a more high maintenance but environmentally friendly septic system, I’d encourage you to check out the aerobic treatment and constructed wetland systems.
Want something that’s not an eyesore? Check out a mound system! Need to water a golf course? Maybe a drip distribution system is where it’s at for you. Point is, no matter you feel like your property needs, you can get an engineered septic system that fits both your aesthetics and your morals if you want to.
2 – Okay, so Engineered Septic Systems are Flexible– What are the Downsides?
Boy, am I glad that you asked. You see, septic systems aren’t cheap. An engineered septic system can run you up anywhere from $10,000 – $17,000, depending on a variety of different factors. How easy the system will be to install given the property terrain, what type of system you want, what kind of quality you want it built in – these are all factors can play a role in the cost of installing an engineered septic system.
Besides these initial costs, you have maintenance to worry about. Failing septic systems can cause major issues – they typically cost anywhere from $5,000 – $20,000 to repair, and may even cost more depending on the severity of the damage. A failed or damaged septic system can also wreak havoc on the ecosystem of a property by poisoning local plants and animals. Add in regular maintenance costs and inspections, especially for systems such as mound or drip distribution systems that tend to be more fragile, and an engineered septic system becomes quite an investment.
Well, Now I’m Scared.
Unfortunately, complications and costs such as the installation of an engineered septic system are to be expected when building or renovating a new property. However, I wouldn’t overly worry about it. Assuming you keep it maintained and inspected, there is little chance that a new septic system will fail on you, and the benefits of having an engineered septic system on a property that needs one far outweigh the downsides.
Do you have an engineered septic system on your property? If so, what have your experiences with it been? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!