What Septic System Is Number One For Number Two’s?

November 19, 2015 - 3 min read

Whats the difference between a septic system and septic treatment system? We’ve covered everything you need to know about the two, so you can make the right choice for your home.

It’s vital that domestic and commercial waste and sewage is disposed of safely. If left untreated, or the waste isn’t broken down effectively, it can escape into the surrounding environment. As a result, this can cause the spread of infectious diseases such as dysentery and hepatitis. A septic system and septic treatment system are essential to convert waste, so it’s no longer dangerous and can cause contamination and disease.

To make it easier to determine whether a septic system or septic treatment system is right for you, we have discussed the differences below.

What Is A Septic System?


Septic systems generally come in 2 main types, conventional or alternative. Whether you require a conventional or alternative system is dependent on the soil and site conditions where the system is to be installed.

The main component of a septic system is the septic tank, which is where the waste and sewage is channelled through pipes to decompose. Once the waste has been broken down and is no longer dangerous, it is then transported to the main sewage pipes installed by the local government or private contractors, to a plant for further treatment.

How Is A Septic Treatment System Different From A Septic System?


What differentiates septic systems from septic treatment systems is the way the waste is disposed. A septic system is comprised of a tank and pipes, and the tank is where the waste is channelled to decompose, before it is released into the local mains for further treatment.

Instead of requiring treatment in a plant, a septic treatment system has several common areas where the waste is transported for storage and to be broken down. A septic treatment system ensures a household or business can decompose their own waste.

What System Is Better For You?


If you are living in an area with local mains installed, then a septic system is the most economically viable alternative for waste disposal, as your waste can be channelled away for further treatment to a local plant. With a septic system, an additional benefit is you can also couple this with an on-site wastewater treatment unit to aerate and filter your wastewater. This will enable you to recycle the wastewater on your property, to be used for tasks such as watering your gardens.

But if you are based in an isolated or more remote area, without local mains, then it is necessary to install a septic treatment system to dispose of your domestic and commercial waste and sewage. For those who are committed to being more eco-friendly, opting for a septic treatment system, even if you have access to local mains,  is a better alternative than septic systems, as it decomposes your waste further than general septic systems, and means that additional waste isn’t going into the mains.

If you’re looking to install either a septic system or septic treatment system, find your nearest plumber through Localsearch today.

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