For new home buyers, an important aspect of making sure a house runs properly is having a functional septic system. While this part of a home can often go overlooked, it is truly one of the most vital components to ensure the proper functioning of any home. Deciding which system is most appropriate for one’s home can often be a confusing choice, however there are several different types to choose from based on the type of house as well as other factors.
In general, buyers must choose between a stone and pipe system and an Enviro-Septic® system, which can both be good choices again, depending on the house and the personal tastes of the homeowners. Before one can compare the two designs, it’s important to know what each system is.
A stone and pipe septic system (the most common choice) consists of a base layer of septic stone covering a receiving filter layer. This is followed by a series of several perforated pipes, which are put on top of this followed by an additional layer of septic stone and, finally, a cover. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Enviro-Septic® is a series of tubing lined with geo-textile fabric and coarse fibers that skim the waste and mix air with the filtered waste to purify the waste into a cleaner, purer liquid.
When looking at the two systems, there are several ways to compare them. One can evaluate the differences between the two based on factors such as cost, efficiency, and size. For starters, when looking at both types of systems, it is clear that the Enviro-Septic® is much smaller. In fact, for the same house, the Enviro-Septic® takes up half the space of a typical stone and pipe system. That being said, Enviro-Septic® systems are long, spread out tubes whereas stone and pipe is just one tank that can be put virtually wherever the user desires.
Cost is extremely variable based on the size and pressure of the tank, however generally speaking, the stone and pipe is cheaper because of its simplistic set-up. This is a major benefit and selling point for this type of septic system. However, over time the Enviro-Septic® system can pay off because it requires much less power to keep running and it can also recycle water more efficiently due to the air that is trapped within the tubing.
Based on the needs of the individual, both systems can provide a good fit for any commercial or residential requirements. If you want to find out the best option for your house, it is best to consult with a professional regarding the options that may be most appropriate given the type of house that you own and your specific needs. Whether you decide to go with a more traditional stone and pipe septic or an Enviro-Septic®, you will be doing yourself a favor by doing as much research as possible before deciding on a contractor to install whichever system you choose.
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