Why You Should Consider Using Precast Concrete for Your Septic Tank Construction


If you're contemplating septic tank installation for your new residential build, your project is probably located in an area with no municipal sewerage infrastructure and services nearby. 

That said, installing a septic system is a great way to remove and dispose of wastewater from your home. It is a safe choice for the environment because it avoids the risk of occasional leakage of raw sewage from sewer lines. Plus, it can save you lots of dollars in the long run, as it eliminates municipal water bills. The best part is that your waste is treated on-site, hence you don't have to rely on the safety of municipal wastewater treatment solutions. 

There are many different materials available for constructing septic tanks, with each material having unique pros and cons. Precast concrete is one of the most popular materials used for the construction of modern septic tanks. Continue reading if you want to know why you should consider using it.

Precast concrete is a strong and durable tank material.

Since septic tanks are usually buried outside, it is important that you choose a tank that can withstand the internal and external pressures that it will be subjected to once installed. Of all the tank materials available for septic tank construction, precast concrete is one of the strongest and most durable. In fact, concrete's strength is second to steel only, which is no longer being used as much as it did before because of its susceptibility to rust and corrosion.

If you're looking for a tank material that will last for many years to come without requiring costly repair and maintenance, look no further than precast concrete.

Precast concrete offers greater resistance to buoyancy.

If your new home is located in an area with a high water table, then chances are high that your septic tank will be subjected to buoyancy. 

Buoyancy occurs when the upward force of the rising water level opposes the weight of your buried tank. If the force is greater than the weight of the tank, then your tank may be partially or fully displaced, resulting in tank damage or failure of the septic system.

Owing to their weight, concrete tanks don't easily get displaced by buoyant forces. This makes them a perfect choice for homes built in areas with a high water table.

Precast concrete is easy to customise.

Because precast concrete tanks are built at an off-site facility in a controlled environment, it is possible to create the exact tank you want without compromising quality. Precast construction technology eliminates most of the challenges associated with on-site pouring of concrete such as strong winds and rainy weather.

If you want to find out more about septic tank types and installation, contact a septic system specialist close to you.


19 August 2020

Converting to composting toilets

We aren't on the main sewer line on our property and it's always been an issue getting the septic tank emptied in winter when the road gets muddy and trucks get bogged. As a result, we decided to switch to composting toilets in the home. It's been a great option to get our toileting waste minimised and to help the environment at the same time. It's a bit of an adjustment period when you move to a composting toilet so I thought I'd start a blog explaining the process. I hope it will be useful for other people who have septic tanks and are contemplating making the switch.