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  • Wastewater Management Systems

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    A septic system is a holding unit and filtering system that purifies wastewater, which is the water that leaves your household from sinks, showers, bathtubs, and toilets, along with anything else that goes down with it. There are several different types of septic systems, but each has the same goal of cleansing water so it can safely re-enter the groundwater system for future use.

    In North America, at the beginning of the 21st century, approximately 25% of the population relied on septic tanks.  That divides out to nearly 145 million people who use septic systems. These areas included some suburbs and small towns, not just rural areas, though rural areas certainly make up the bulk of septic users. One example of an urban area that relies on septic tanks is Indianapolis. Many of their neighborhoods still rely on separate septic systems.

    There are three layers of material in septic systems:

    • Scum– Floating on the top layer which is less dense than water, Scum is biodegradable.

    • Effluent– This is the wastewater itself. It is the only layer sent back to the surrounding ground soil for future use.

    • Sludge– The solid or organic waste that is denser than water sinks to the bottom in a septic tank or cesspool. Sludge is not biodegradable and needs to be pumped out regularly.

    Septic Tanks vs. Cesspools

    What are the key differences in a septic tank vs cesspool?

    The main difference between these two forms of wastewater management is the word “system”. The cesspool is similar to a well-liner but with holes in its concrete or block ring. There is no broad distribution of effluent. It all goes into the cesspool, with the resulting sludge piling up at the bottom, and effluent and scum escaping through the holes directly into the immediate surrounding soil. That makes for really messy soil surrounding the cesspool.

    The cesspool has to be pumped frequently to keep lower holes open for water flow. Also, the cesspool needs to be dug up and moved when the surrounding area’s soil begins pooling wastewater at the ground surface. Older cesspools should be replaced with a modern septic system.

    Septic tanks, on the other hand, distribute the scum and effluent into a tile field. This provides a broader area of distribution than a cesspool, which means it is unlikely that the septic tank would need to be relocated.

    When choosing septic tank vs cesspool, septic tanks are a cleaner and easier to maintain option for you.

    Septic Tanks vs. Sewer

    What is the difference in septic tank vs sewer? The biggest differences are size, availability, and frequency of cost.

    Sewer systems are large, complex systems of wastewater treatment that serve entire neighborhoods. They require daily professional maintenance and are usually contracted out by cities.

    Most homes within city limits are connected to a sewer system. However, most homes outside of city limits do not have access to sewer and it can be very expensive to connect them in.

    The large sewer systems typically charge a monthly fee for use, but the homeowner does not have to handle any maintenance costs for the service. Septic tanks, on the other hand require a one-time installation cost, without monthly fees. There are additional costs for maintenance and regular pumping that the homeowner must pay for septic tanks. These costs tend to be more frequent with less expensive tank models. Generally the question of whether to use septic tank vs sewer is based upon which one is available for your property.

    Septic Tanks vs. Holding Tanks

    What is the difference in a septic tank vs holding tank? Don't they both just hold wastewater?

    Holding tanks are used by homeowners who do not have a suitable tile field to install a septic tank.  When you install a septic tank, you have to prepare a nearby area of land to pump out the effuse and scum, distributing it through soil, which then purifies the water from it. If your land is too steep or not large enough, you may be limited to the option of a holding tank.

    A holding tank, just as it sounds, is simply a tank that holds waste. It does not distribute out anything, which means it must be pumped out more often. It must be monitored carefully so that toilets and sinks do not get backed up if the tank gets too full. If you have a large family, this may mean getting your holding tank pumped every week, which could cost you $100 a month. Furthermore, some communities do not allow them, due to the risk of leaks or the chance that the homeowners would not be able to pay to pump them out.

    In the decision between septic tank vs holding tank, it is far better to go with a septic tank unless that option is unavailable to you.

    Septic Tanks vs. Leach Fields

    Septic tank vs Leach field may be a misnomer. In reality, these two methods work best when they are working together.

    When wastewater leaves a household, it contains a mixture of scum, effluent, and sludge. The main purpose of a septic tank is to divide out the scum and effluence from the sludge so that it can be safely redistributed into the ground. The sludge stays at the bottom of the septic tank, which occasionally needs to be pumped out. The one problem with a septic tank alone is that the water that drains out of it may still contain harmful bacteria and viruses that could contaminate your water supply. With sufficient time and enough soil, the ground itself will clean those out, but it may not get enough time if it is simply draining down out of the septic tank. (The same would especially be true of a cesspool.) The purpose of a leach field (or drain field) is to take the path of that water, from the septic tank, to the groundwater return, and spread it out horizontally, releasing it slower. That gives it more time and good soil to work through before re entering groundwater, making it safer. The problem of trying to just have a leach field without a septic tank is that the sludge would clog the pipes going through the leach field, leading to backed up sewage and ineffective draining through the field. You really need both the septic tank, to divide out the sludge and the leach field to provide a safer purification process for your wastewater. It is not a question of septic tank vs leach field, it is the combination of the two that works best for you.

    Not all wastewater treatment systems are available to everyone. Some are not allowed due to community regulations. Some are simply not viable in the property you live on. If you live within city limits and sewer systems are available, that probably is going to be your best option. In some cases, it may be your only option.

    If you live outside the range of a sewer system, you probably have multiple options before you. It is wise to consider long term costs before choosing the least expensive method. Cesspools may be cheaper to install but they are difficult to maintain, and over time may end up causing problems on your property as you move them from place to place. They are also one of the least safe methods of dealing with wastewater. What you save in installation you may end up paying out in doctor bills!

    Holding tanks are potentially safer, but they have a high maintenance cost since you have to pump them out a lot more often. Furthermore, if they leak you will have a very expensive mess to clean up. Depending on where it is located, you may have the EPA to deal with as well. This is perhaps why holding tanks are often banned in certain communities.

    Your best method of dealing with wastewater if a sewer system is not an option is a septic tank with a leach field. There are some property types that are not big enough or suitable for this kind of method, but there are many types and sizes of septic tank systems that accommodate most property types. It may be a little more costly upfront, but you will save money in the long run and you will be spared the headache of having wastewater seeping up through the ground in your backyard, inciting the wrath of your neighbors who are offended by the odor. That is even more important if you have a business on that property because no one wants to visit a business that smells like clogged toilets.

    The good news for you is that you do not need to make this decision alone. Your local septic tank experts are available to consult with you and help you get the best possible wastewater treatment for you money. Be advised, you will need to contact the county for permitting and specific requirements from the Health Department. Let's face it, of all the many things you want to flush down the drain, your hard-earned money is not one of them... so why wait? Contact your local septic experts today so you can get on to cleaner living.

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  • Septic Tanks 101: How Septic Tanks Work

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    Wastewater management isn't something you likely have cause to think about very often, but if you're in the market for a new septic tank, it pays to be educated on the subject. Knowing which type of tank you need for your property can ensure your system works for your needs and budget. You don't want to end up having it pumped too often or have trouble if it overflows and causes a costly and hazardous problem to your property. In this article, we'll cover some basic info that will help you feel more confident as you navigate the world of septic tanks.

    What is a Septic Tank?

    A septic tank is a plastic, fiberglass, or concrete chamber placed underground to hold wastewater from your household if city sewage is not available to you. We have been using septic systems for over 150 years. The idea was conceived by Frenchman John Mouras when the Thames river became infected after people disposed of their waste into the once-fresh water. He came up with the idea to use pipes to remove bathing and toilet water and store this waste in a collection tank. When that chamber overflowed, more pipes then carried the wastewater to a community cesspool.

    Thankfully, septic tanks have evolved into environmentally-safe, regulated systems that do their intended job well. They also provide nutrients to the soil on your property. The septic tank requirements such as size of the tank depends on how many people are in your home, how many bathrooms you have in your house, and the size, shape, and soil of your property.

    Septic tanks need to be maintained properly to ensure the long life of your purchase. Some types are designed to distribute certain portions of environmentally-safe greywater back in the deep soil on your property. If you do not maintain your septic tank, waste that is supposed to settle in the bottom could build up and seep into the absorption soil. Most septic tanks can store waste for two to four years on average, but maintenance is a must to prevent hazardous and costly repairs.

    How do Septic Tanks Work?

    We usually don't think about how septic tanks work, but if you're in the market for a new system, there is good reason to understand the processes, types, installation, and maintenance.

    Septic tanks use pipes to carry wastewater out of homes and store it in a collection chamber. Inside the reservoir, different types of filtration systems separate the layers into specific types of waste. A bacteria layer forms inside the tank, performing a very important function: breaking down solid waste.

    Greywater is considered water that is safe to return to the environment. It comes from baths, sinks, dishwashers, and washing machines. The distribution system inside a septic tank uses pipes to then deliver the greywater safely into deep soil, a resourceful way to maintain your property's appearance. Other heavier wastes stay inside the bottom of the chamber until it is emptied by professionals who remove this layer entirely from the tank. This usually happens annually but can be done as rarely as every three years, depending on your system.

    Understanding how septic tanks work can help a homeowner maintain their system's functions and prevent overloading the septic tank system. Because these layers are important to keep separate inside the chamber, homeowners should be cautious of certain aspects of water and even land management. If your land settles and the tank is not maintained on level, this could cause the tank to tip to one side and leave the contents building up unevenly inside. Solid waste could then be distributed into the absorption soil layer instead of staying in the bottom to be later removed by a professional.

    Overloading of the tank with excessive greywater can also cause an imbalance within your septic tank system. You should immediately fix leaky faucets, running toilets, and refrain from doing a lot of laundry in one day, which will help keep these layers properly balanced. If the filters, risers, and compartments of septic tank systems are maintained by professionals and with care from the homeowner, this system will be a resourceful and cost-saving way of removing wastewater and replenishing nutrients to your land.

    Types of Septic Tanks

    When deciding what type of tank is right for you, you will first need a soil analysis by a professional. There are four septic tank types, depending on your housing situation. The most basic systems simply involve gravity to collect wastewater into chambers. This system works in places where placing a container underground is feasible. Septic tank requirements include the type of soil on your property and square footage of your absorption field. If you have hard ground, sand, or uneven property, there are other options available to you. The other septic tank designs include low-dose pressure systems, which allow you to pump wastewater out of your home a couple times a day into a much smaller septic tank. Multiple pipes then flood the gravel area under your property's designated drainfield. There, the properly-aerated land can help break down the wastewater in an environmentally-friendly area. Another septic tank type is the evapotranspiration system. These septic tank designs are for specific regions where arid conditions require an open trench where natural evaporation is utilized.

    The most popular and practical septic tank design is the aerobic septic system. This is akin to the sewage waste removal that is provided in city environments. This systems uses oxygen to increase the amount of bacteria in the septic tank. This bacteria breaks down the waste with natural efficiency. These septic tank designs have a pre- and final treatment segments that creates purified greywater that is safe for sprinklers to distribute onto your absorption field. This is the most natural way to dispose of wastewater and return nutrients to the environment.

    Septic tank requirements for your location determine your overall cost of purchase of the chamber, style, and installation. There are 225 gallon septic tanks for two-person, one bathroom households with low-dose pressure systems. Multiple bedroom/bathroom households could need a 1000 gallon tank. The septic tank costs vary depending on how big of a chamber you require and what type of land you own for the distribution field. Installation of the entire system is where the bulk of the cost is generated. The tank itself ranges between $500 to $1500 but the manpower required for septic tank installation could range between $2500 to $4500 on average.

    Maintenance and understanding of your system is most important after installation, as emergency septic tank costs could be anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000, depending on the degree of breakdown of the system. If your septic tank backs up and you have sludge rising up from your shower or toilets, the damage done to the interior of your home can bump up these repair costs to much more than just the re-excavation of land and system repairs.

    Proper maintenance includes pumping the bottom sludge layer to maintain an equal balance of layers. If the sludge builds up and begins to mix with the distribution of greywater, this is an environmental hazard. Prevention of problems will protect your investment for years to come. Professional drainage can cost between $250 to $500. Anaerobic septic tank systems, such as gravity septic tank designs can need drainage annually. The popular aerobic septic tank systems can extend the drainage schedule to three or even four years apart, depending on your circumstances and system maintenance. Learning about the right design for you can reduce your overall septic tank cost for professional installation, pumping, and maintenance.

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    Septic Tank Installation

    When you schedule your soil analysis with a professional engineer, you will work closely with them to decide the septic tank type, design, and cost that is right for your household and property. Septic tank installation requires that the professional engineer does a site survey and soil test. They will discuss your options based on topography, household water usages, and how close your property is to a well. There are laws for septic tank installation as far as how close to the house boundary a septic tank system can be installed. It is usually 50 feet. The professional company will obtain the proper permits to fulfill these septic tank requirements and begin working on your property.

    If you are seeking to install a new septic tank, such as a basic gravity system, a professional company will dig, drill, and place your septic tank and pipes on your property using various excavation and digging equipment. The septic tank installation process will place the entire system underground in the designated areas, including the pipes to drain to your absorption field. You should call to set up appointments for an inspector to come out to ensure that the pipes, tank, and system is within state regulations. Proper inspection should be done before the ground is recovered by topsoil so the inspector can see all hardware. Most professionals suggest calling the inspector when the process begins so you can schedule frequent visits throughout the entire septic tank installation process. They will ensure that health regulations are being met or exceeded to protect your family and property.

    Now it's up to you to choose the right system for your needs. Septic tank cost, installation, and type needed are the most important decisions you will make. Understanding how your system functions and how to best prolong its components as a whole will ensure you get your money's worth, along with an enduring private waste management system for your household.

  • Taking Care of Your Septic Tank

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    Scientists tell us that one of our primary connections to memory is our sense of smell. One of the first things you notice when your septic tank is not working properly is the smell. It seeps up through your sinks, your shower drains, and your toilets -- and trust us, that is not something you’re going to want to remember. Sometimes it begins to waft up from the ground near your tank and drain field. It is unmistakable. Everyone knows what it is and no one wants to be anywhere near it.

    You know exactly what I'm talking about. No one wants to inhabit a space that smells like a Port-O-John. That is why it is imperative that you take good care of your septic tank system.

    Things to Avoid

    The general rule when considering what to flush down the drain is to limit the amount of solids. An excess of solids flushed down drains and toilets will fill up your septic tank very fast. You will want to avoid flushing things like sanitary napkins, dental floss, cigarette butts, disposable diapers, paper towels, tampons, cat litter, or coffee grounds.  You want to keep anything that does not decompose easily out of your septic system.

    Most of the time when we think about causing havoc in the septic system, we think about problematic materials flushed down the toilet. However, it is equally important to consider your kitchen sink. Garbage disposals can be a problem for homeowners with septic tanks, because only the high-end models chop particles up finely enough to decompose properly. It is a far safer option to avoid the garbage disposal altogether and start a compost pile for your cooking scraps instead.

    Along with food scraps, you should avoid putting grease and fat down the drain. While they do not cause significant damage to the tank itself, grease and oil can destroy a septic system by clogging the drainfield and polluting the soil around it. This polluted soil is unable to do the work of absorbing and processing liquids from your tank.  If this happens to your septic system, you might have to replace the system.

    Be careful with household cleaners. The work of your septic tank relies upon ‘friendly’ bacteria to do it's decomposition work. Many disinfectants, bleaches, and household cleaners kill this bacteria. If you have a septic tank, you should instead use organic and biodegradable household products. Never use drain cleaners if at all possible – even small quantities of these virulent chemicals can destroy the bacteria and cause your septic system major problems.

    Never put hazardous substances into the system. Avoid paint, paint thinners, gasoline, motor oil, or any other such substances. There is no way of salvaging a septic tank with these substances in them.

    Conserve Water

    Septic systems are water dispersal units that have a wide front end and smaller releasing ends. Like a funnel, they seek to direct an outpouring of water into much narrower streams. Now imagine putting several coffee filters in that funnel. It would not take much water for it to overflow or tear through those filters. Similarly, septic tanks can overflow if they spring a leak from too much pressure or too much water usage in a single day. Anything you can do to conserve water will prolong the life of your septic system.

    Use Septic Treatments

    Septic treatments, such as RID-X® Septic Tank System Treatment, are made of billions of 100% natural active bacteria that produce enzymes with the ability to  break down waste. When you add these treatments to your septic system, you help restore these beneficial bacteria and enzymes needed to help keep your system working efficiently.

    RID-X® contains:

    • Cellulase - which breaks down toilet paper, vegetable matter and some foods
    • Lipase - which breaks down fats, oils and grease
    • Protease - which breaks down proteins
    • Amylase - which breaks down starches

    How quickly do these septic treatments work?

    These enzymes begin working as soon as they come in contact with water. After just a few hours the bacteria germinate and then begin to breaking down solid waste. The bacteria will multiply to the maximum level that your septic system can hold in about 2-4 days, if the temperature and conditions are favorable. Since septic systems are unique to specific homes, they break down waste at different speeds.

    External Care

    You might think that the ground near septic tanks would be ideal for growing your plant life, since the ground would be filled with a constant supply of fertilizing materials. That would be true for the plants themselves. However, in their search for those nutrients, trees and bushes grow roots that twist around and break up your drain field wastewater lines. For the safety of your septic system, it is important to keep all trees and bushes clear of the septic tank and draining field.

    It is also important to keep heavy objects, such as cars, trucks, and RVs, as well as small buildings like sheds and garages, clear of the area. Excess pressure could damage the pipes, and should a problem arise with the system, small buildings could prevent important access required for maintenance.

    Septic Tank with Pump

    A septic tank pump is a water pump that is installed either in the last chamber of a septic tank or in another pump sump after the septic tank. Essentially, it is a small electrical water pump that can be submerged in wastewater. It has a float switch which turns the pump on and off as the tank fills with water. It has a small impeller which then pushes the water up through the pipes, into the drainage field. This pump will require electricity to operate so you will need to make sure you have electrical access near your septic tank and that it is installed safely.

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    Why would you need a septic tank with pump?

    In general, a septic tank with a pump is more efficient at dispersing wastewater from the tank, which prevents the tank from filling up as fast. The float switch keeps the wastewater below a certain level in the tank, similar to how the float switch in a toilet shuts the water off when the reservoir reaches a certain level.

    Oftentimes, a piece of property is not level. If your septic tank sits at a lower level in your property and you are attempting to create a draining field at an elevated level, gravity works against you and prevents the wastewater from distributing properly, making a pump necessary. It may also be necessary if you have a raised percolation area or a soakaway near the septic tank.

    You can install a septic tank pump into an existing septic tank, or it can be installed in a pump station after the septic tank. If your septic tank is only a single chamber unit, then you should not install the pump directly in the tank. If you you do, you will end up pumping settled solids (or sludge) out of the tank. These solids will block your pipes and pollute your draining fields.

    However, if your tank has 2 or 3 chambers then you can install a submersible septic tank pump into the last chamber of the tank. Be sure to install a dirty water pump that can handle solids up to 30mm in size, otherwise the pump will clog with small solids.

    Pumping Your Septic Tank

    One of the most important parts of septic tank maintenance is having the tank pumped regularly. Even if you have a septic tank pump, the whole tank needs to have the solid waste pumped out of it every 1-3 years. If you do not do this, it will fill up, clog the dispersing pipes that lead to your drain field, back your sewage up into your household, and potentially crack the tank and cause a leak from the pressure.

    At that point you are no longer looking at septic tank maintenance, you are looking at septic tank replacement... and a huge, potentially dangerous mess to clean up on your property. It is the difference between paying ​300 for pumping and paying $10,000 for a new septic system. You cannot afford not to pump, and the more often you do it, the longer your septic tank system will last.

    How do you know when to get your septic tank pumped? If you have an internal pump in your large-size tank, it will be running a lot to keep up with elevated levels inside the tank. This means the solid sludge has accumulated to much and the tank cannot hold as much liquid without activating the float switch and turning the pump on. You will hear the pump running and you will notice it in your electric bill.

    Your tank will also probably have some kind of gauge to show how full it is. If two years have passed and you do not notice any accumulation on that gauge, it is probably worth having it checked out by an expert.

    The whole maintenance process can be simplified by consulting your local septic experts. They can estimate a pumping schedule for you based upon your present septic system and your household size and water usage. They can recommend proper treatments and a schedule of how often to add them as well. Regular inspections can help them catch problems early and prevent huge replacement costs to you.

  • Septic Tank Buyer's Guide by GoToTanks

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    Septic tanks are the invisible superheroes that keep our lives clean and healthy. Most of us go through life barely noticing them. In fact, they are designed to only be noticed when something goes wrong. When they do go wrong it is very noticeable, very messy, and very unhealthy. That is why it is important to get the right septic tank for your personal or business needs.

    Types of Septic Tanks

    In the past, the idea of a septic tank was simply a concrete tank buried somewhere in the backyard. It was not cheap, but it was not the most expensive item that people had to buy for their property. Many older properties still have these basic units, but current regulations often do not allow new installations of those old types of septic septic tank systems. It is important to be aware of your area’s regulations regarding septic tank design.

    What are the septic tank types? Most septic systems can be divided into four general categories, based upon function.

    • Standard Gravity - These are systems that simply allow the force of gravity to pull the wastewater through the filtering system.

    • Pressure Distribution - Pressure distribution applies external artificial pressure to force wastewater through the filtering system

    • Advanced Treatment, below ground - These filtering systems are located below ground level, providing more safety, but often requiring more effort to maintain.

    • Advanced Treatment, above ground - These filtering systems are located above the ground, which makes it easier to do maintenance but can pose a danger to those working or playing around them.

    However, septic tank designs within these general categories can vary according to composition materials. Some septic tanks come precast in concrete. Others are made of plastic and fiberglass, or steel. Steel may sound like the strongest option to go with, but in fact it is the least popular. They are only built to last 20-25 years, but can rust out even before that.

    All septic tanks require regular pumping, so the goal is not necessarily to choose the largest option. It is important that you choose something strong enough for your area, land type, and household needs so that you do not suffer a break and have to deal with a leaking tank.

    How Big of a Septic Tank Do I Need?

    Septic tanks come in different sizes, and which one you need will depend on the size of house or building it is intended for.

    For instance, a one bedroom house may only need a small septic tank. A four bedroom house would probably require a larger one because the number of people living in the building will determine how much wastewater is produced. One good rule to go by is to get a septic tank one size larger than you need as determined by the number of people living in your household. That way, when the whole family comes over for Thanksgiving dinner, you do not have to deal with an overloaded septic tank.

    Bear in mind also that you need to pump your tank every 2-5 years, so a smaller tank may save you money in the short term, but end up costing you more in pumping fees in the long term by needing to be pumped more often than the standard.

    Septic Tank Options

    A septic tank system does more than simply store wastewater. Its task is to safely disperse that water through a filter of some kind, purifying the toxins within it, and restore it back to the groundwater system to be used again. Since that filtering method affects the very water you drink and use, it is important that you have a proper and effective filtering method in place.

    Advanced treatment systems are more expensive, but are often more efficient as well. Residential projects typically cost between 13,000 and 20,000 dollars. One example of this is an aerobic system. Aerobic septic systems use oxygen to help facilitate faster decay, thus reducing the amount of time for filtration. However, the faster decay can cause more problems in the system itself, so more maintenance care is required.

    Other options include a septic tank with drain field and septic tank filters, which may be made of sand, textiles, or a newer method called Glendon Biofilters. General sand filters are not installed new anymore, but you may inherit them with your property. Typically, sand mounds are created instead. Glendon Biofilters are typically used when groundwater or significant rock is located near the surface. They are made of different layers of sand and gravel placed in a sealed box built into the soil with a sand fill placed over the top of the entire area. They work well, especially in areas where the soil type or land available might make other systems tricky, but they are not very aesthetically pleasing, so many have opted for combinations of other types of septic tank filters with or without drain fields instead.

    Before You Buy

    Before you buy, you need to check into local regulations. The EPA has some basic information you can find here, but the regulations that govern septic tanks are decided by your local government, so you will need to do some local research in order to determine what your first steps should be.

    You will need to know the local regulations regarding septic tank types (concrete, steel, plastic, etc.). You also need to know the kind of septic tank designs that are allowed, and if you are allowed or required to have septic tank filters or septic tank draining fields.

    Another important thing to consider is how close your tank will be to your property line. We often do not pay attention to the details hidden from our view, but you may be required to have your tank far enough away from your property line so that drainage does not seep into your neighbor's property.

    It is also important to inquire about maintenance costs. Some septic tank systems require very little maintenance beyond the regular pumping. Others, like many of the aerobic systems, require electricity to run. This means you will incur regular expenses just by running it and will have to keep them carefully maintained because electrical failure will mean septic failure.

    Septic Tank Budget

    It is important to remember when making your septic tank budget, that these tanks must all be pumped out every 2-5 years, so saving money on a smaller installation may come back to cost you more in the end on more frequent pumps or more frequent maintenance costs due to an overloaded tank. Plan ahead and budget for a size bigger than your average need so that you will be prepared for those above-average events.

    • Conventional systems (gravity based) are the least expensive and easiest to maintain, but they are most often banned by regulations. These cost $4,000-5,000. The same price will probably get you a Conventional pump system that can disperse to a drainfield upslope from your home.

    • Pressure Manifold systems are similar to conventional pumps and can also be distributed upslope into a drainfield. These cost $6,000-8,000.

    • Low Pressure Pipe systems are used for steeper slopes and lower soil depths. These run $12,000-15,000.

    • Drip Disposal Anaerobic systems allow you to use steep slopes and soil depths of less than 18 inches. They cost $17,000-25,000.

    • Drip Disposal Aerobic systems are available for the steepest slopes and soil depths of less than 13 inches. They sell for $25,000-40,000.

    What does this tell you about your septic budget needs? It will take you at least $5,000 to get you started. Take a look at your property. Is it flat or sloped? The more slope you have, the more expensive your septic system is likely to be. How much good topsoil do you have on your property? The more soil you have the less expensive your septic system will cost. Plan and budget accordingly.

    Consult the Experts

    It is important to do some research before making a $10,000 (or more) purchase . It is even more important when you want this purchase to last multiple years without serious maintenance or replacement cost. Septic tank systems are not "one size fits all" pieces of equipment. They need to be customized to fit the unique challenges of your household and your property. They also need to pass area regulations as well. This research saves you money in the long run and protects you from the contamination of broken or poorly maintained septic tank systems.

    You can go online and try to track down all the regulations yourself. You can try to do the mathematical equations to come up with the best size fit and type for your particular needs. You can get out and dig a hole in the ground to see how far you have to go before you hit significant rock…

    ...or you can call the experts at GoToTanks and let them guide you through this process. No one should have to go through the pressure of deciding all this information on their own, knowing that one small miscalculation may cost them $10,000 in replacement costs in just a few years. Why take the risk when you can contact Go To Tanks and save time and money in making this decision? Make the call today to get on the road to finding the perfect septic tank for your property. (Please note: you will need to contact the county for permitting and specific requirements from the Health Department.)

  • Distill My Heart: Getting the Perfect Brew with These Distillery Tanks

    Distill My Heart- Getting the Perfect Brew with These Distillery Tanks-GoToTanks

    In brewing, it's not just the equipment you have, but how you use it. However, having the right tanks for your brewery will ensure you're making a quality batch every time. People come back for quality beer, so make sure you're investing in the right distilling tanks for your pub, brewery, or restaurant.

    These distillery tanks are just what you need to make your best beer.

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  • 3 Small Scale Tanks That Can Improve Productivity in Your Restaurant

    3 Small Scale Tanks That Can Improve Productivity in Your Restaurant-Gototanks

    Bigger isn't always better when it comes to tanks. Sometimes a well designed, smaller tank in your restaurant can improve productivity and keep your diners happy. We'll look at a few different options you might consider for your kitchen.

    45-Gallon Vertical Plastic Storage Tank

    These freestanding vertical plastic tanks, are ideal for multiple indoor liquid storage applications, including storing water. Tanks are available in a range of colors, from the standard white to green, gray, black and blue. While it is not possible for water to expire, it can become contaminated (chemically or biologically), and when you are in the restaurant business, you obviously want to make sure that your water is safe for consumption. The UV-resistant, food-grade plastic material that this tank is made from is available in the color blue, which is ideal because it limits light exposure and biological growth, be it bacteria or algae. If you minimize the chances of even one customer getting sick from consuming water that you provide, that is one more customer you keep. More customers mean more revenue.

    35-Gallon Stackable Tote

    Stackable Totes are freestanding plastic storage tanks that can meet your potable drinking water containment needs. This tank provides the capacity to efficiently store water in your restaurant and can be easily double stacked, and is ideal in the case of an emergency situation. With stackable totes you can have more than one barrel of water on hand, which is great in the temporary loss of access to a main water source (typically, a public water system). This means you’re set to keep your business running during a disruptive situation. Stackable totes are also great space-saving containers, which can improve the quality of work provided by your employees. How, you wonder? By creating a much smaller footprint, opening up your kitchen space to more equipment that could improve the quality of service you provide. Smart storage with stackable totes means increase functionality, which equals increased productivity.

    15-Gallon Horizontal Leg Tank with Sump

    Despite its hauling and outdoor uses, horizontal leg tanks can also provide storage for your fresh  drinking water in your restaurant. Water cost can be significant for restaurants and this tank minimizes waste by allowing for full drainage of the water contained within. Getting the very last drop of water is simple with a sump bottom horizontal leg tank.

    Go To Tanks is ready to help fulfill your kitchen water storage needs with these high quality, reliable tanks.

  • Mix It Up: Finding the Right Tank for Mass Producing and Mixing Food

    If you're mass producing food, you need equipment that can handle some serious capacity. Thankfully, the right container for your large capacity job is out there. We'll look at different production and mixing tanks that are designed for large quantities of food so you're not left with too little or having to constantly reload your supply.

    2,010-Gallon Open Top Cylindrical Tank with Bolt-On Lid

    These 2,010-gallon tanks are suitable for both temporary liquid storage or for use as a secondary containment for vertical tanks, and can be used for indoor and outdoor applications, as well as for purposes of storing food and fresh oils and as a batch/mixing tank. Manufactured from high-density food grade polyethylene with U.V. inhibitors, tanks are designed with translucent walls, allowing for level viewing, and equipped with gallon indicators on one side of the tank for accurate measurement. Featuring bolt-on cover with 16" vented lid and a second flat area lid option, the tank is also equipped with a removable crowned top, fastened to the flange with eight 3/8" bolts, washers and hex nuts. The tank supports the containment of products with a specific gravity of 1.7 or less.

    20,000-Gallon Blue Heavy Duty Vertical Liquid Storage Tank

    If your food production requires a heavy duty, very large capacity tank, a 20,000-gallon vertical tank could be just what you need. This flat bottom, free standing polyethylene plastic tank that is used for multiple indoor and outdoor bulk liquid storage applications. It is furnished with a 22" off-set vented lid, a standard 3" stainless steel drain fitting with EPDM gasket and siphon tube as standard, while the top dome of the tank is designed with raised rib, and a wide, flat surface that is convenient for mounting additional fittings that you may find useful. To secure tank in place, four lifting lugs are designed to lift or tie-down tank when empty. Tanks accommodate the containment of products with a specific gravity of 1.9 or lower, and are translucent, with gallon indicators for level viewing and accurate measurement.

    2,610-Gallon 45 Degree Open Top Cone Bottom Tank with Bolt-On Lid

    The 2,610-gallon cone bottom tanks are versatile plastic tanks and are used for multiple indoor and outdoor applications, and are conducive for easy drain-out of stored product. Whether it’s batch mixing or processing of grains, these tanks are designed for the containment of liquids of up to 1.7 specific gravity, and are produced from food grade polyethylene with U.V. stabilizers. With translucent walls and gallon indicators on one side for level and accurate viewing, these tanks has 2" Fitting, a 45 degree cone, and a removable crowned top, fastened to a flange with twelve 3/8” bolts, washers and hex nuts.

    Go To Tanks have the best options for your large quantity food production jobs. Reach out to us today and we'll help you find the right tanks for your business.

  • The Right Double Wall Containment Tank For You

    The Right Double Wall Containment Tank For You

    Double wall containment tanks add protection against tank failure, providing a secondary containment solution against spills in a single unit. In the past, tanks have been kept inside concrete containment pits to accomplish containment in the event of a tank or tank fitting failure. These tanks minimize your concerns regarding environmental and safety issues and gives you the peace of mind you deserve. Let’s look at a few different double wall containment tanks available for safe and reliable containment of hazardous chemicals.

    Double Wall Tanks
    These tanks are made from medium-density food grade polyethylene with UV inhibitors and adheres to stringent federal regulations regarding capacity requirements and environmental concerns. Whether it’s fertilizers, detergents, or motor oil – a double wall tank is a great containment solution. Both the primary and secondary tanks of the containment system are completely enclosed and have a vented lid, but can also accommodate non-vented lids. The enclosed design of the double wall tanks prevents rain, snow and debris from entering the containment tank.
    Designed for commercial and industrial use and compliance with EPA regulations, these tanks provides primary and secondary containment in a single product. The durable and safe design of these tanks affords safe confinement of hazardous chemicals and liquids, from calcium chloride and sodium hydroxide, to fertilizers and used motor oil that have the potential to cause significant environmental damage if accidentally leaked. The primary vertical tank is furnished with an 8” vented lid, while the outer tank is enclosed with top, bolt-on lid with EPDM gasket and 16” non-vented locking man-way lid.
    Manufactured from UV infused polyethylene, these tanks can facilitate a maximum of 1.7 specific gravity for the primary tank and 1.5 specific gravity for the secondary containment tank. Tanks are available in a range of sizes from 35 gallons to 6,500 gallons.
    Tanks with Containment
     
    Another option is to go for a tank with containment. These tanks come as a set: a vertical tank and an open containment basin. What this combination offers you peace of mind for storing liquids – primarily indoors whereas traditional double wall tanks can be used both inside and outside. A tank with containment option is often referred to as double wall tanks in the industry, they actually only apply double wall security to the height of the outer tank and containment basin. These tanks combinations are great for minimizing spills and leaks in your home, office, or commercial property. Manufactured from UV infused polyethylene, these tanks can facilitate a maximum of 2.0 specific gravity for the primary tank and 1.5 specific gravity for the secondary containment tank. Tanks are available in a range of sizes from 65 gallons to 2,000 gallons.
    Go To Tanks can help you in making the right choice of double wall containment tank for your needs. Reach out to us today and we’ll help you find the right tank for you.
  • How the Right Liquid Storage Tanks Can Increase Your Food Manufacturing Business

    How the Right Liquid Tanks Can Increase Your Food Manufacturing Business

    Your food manufacturing business is only as good as your proficiency. That's why you need liquid storage tanks that can help you better process your foods and do it in an efficient matter, and retain product quality and maintain safety for consumption. We'll look at a few tanks that can do just that!

    Premium Grade Vertical Liquid Storage Tank

    These are flat bottom, free-standing plastic tanks that can be used in a number of capacities for both indoor and outdoor liquid containment, from liquid feed and plant foods, to vegetable oils. Plastic vertical liquid storage tanks are made from food grade polyethylene with U.V inhibitors and a specific gravity rating below 2.0, making it safe for a variety of liquid storage solutions. Tanks are manufactured with translucent walls for level viewing of solution and gallon indicators on the side for accurate measurement. Molded rotationally, its seamless construction lends to its durability, such that it is resistant to cracks, chips, and ruptures. Tanks are available in sizes ranging from 10 to 20,000 gallons. Depending on the size of the tank, it may a vented lid, bulkhead drain fitting with EPDM gasket and siphon tube, raised ribs with wide flat surfaces for mounting additional fittings and tie-down slots.

    ●      Gusseted Vertical Tanks: These tanks features a 16” vented lid assembly, a ribbed top, and four tie-down lugs, and fitted with Santoprene gasket and syphon tube. Tanks are molded in a variety of colors, including black, yellow and white, and sizes range between 1,050 and 15,500 gallons.

    Heavy Duty Polyethylene Vertical Storage Tanks

    Also called industrial grade vertical storage tanks, these share many of the same features as the premium grade vertical tanks, and remains sound in tough environments, with superior mechanical properties, high stiffness, excellent low temperature impact strength and outstanding crack resistance. It is manufactured with the same high quality poly resin and U.V inhibitors and size ranges from 10 gallons to 20,000 gallons and tanks may be molded in standard white, but also for your liking in green, gray, black and blue.

    Heavy Duty Cross-Linked (XLPE) Vertical Storage Tanks

    Cross-Linked (XLPE) Polyethylene Vertical Storage Tanks are heavy duty, free-standing, flat surface, plastic tanks that have a higher chemical resistance, impact resistance and temperature resistance than high-density linear polyethylene. Tanks are manufactured from cross-linked polyethylene, with U.V inhibitors and a 2.0 specific gravity capability or lower. Sizes range between 22 gallon and 3,000 gallon, and tanks are furnished with a lid with breather. The translucent walls provide level viewing and gallon indicators for convenient measuring.

    Go To Tanks has a available a variety of tanks that can grow your food manufacturing business. Reach out to us today and we'll help you find the right tank for your company.

  • Essential Tanks You'll Need to Start Your Own Brewery

    brewery tanks

    So, you want to start your own brewery? Whether you're venturing into a small upstart in your garage or buying a warehouse, there are a few tanks that are great options for starting out as a beginner, as well as choices to build out from as you expand your operation.

    Cone bottom tanks are also commonly known as full drain tanks, fermenter tanks, brewing tanks, and mixing tanks. They are the perfect solution for your beer brewing and distilling, ensuring that waste is minimized. They allow you to drain every drop of liquid out of them. Cone bottom tanks come in a variety of forms and sizes.

    Dome Top Cone Bottom Tanks

    These tank provide an enhanced means to drain out liquid and provides an offset manway for ease of access, while the arch shape of the lid provides superior strength. Dome top cone bottom tanks feature gallon indicators for easy and level viewing and are manufactured from food grade medium-density polyethylene with U.V. inhibitors. They also come in different degrees of slope based on capacity and drain out speed needed, and can facilitate the containment of fluids up to 2. specific gravity. Fashioned with tie down or lift tug to accessorize with pump and mounting pieces, these tank's walls are translucent, allowing for a clear view of volume and gallon markers for accurate measurement. A stand is required for proper usage and ranges from 55 gallons to 1005 gallons of varying degrees.

    Open Top Cone Bottom Tanks

    Suited for indoor applications, open top cone bottom batch tanks are designed featuring bolt-on lid for access. Located on the sides are gallon/liter indicators to easily and accurately read measurements. Tanks are manufactured from medium-density. Manufactured from food grade medium-density polyethylene with U.V. inhibitors, they can hold fluids up to 2. specific gravity. They accommodate polyethylene hinged lids and other accessories and require a stand for support. Depending on your need, tanks can range from 55 gallon capacity to 2610 gallon capacity of varying degrees.

    Small Cone Bottom Inductor Tanks

    Produced from medium-density polyethylene with U.V inhibitors, small cone bottom inductor tanks are versatile plastic tanks that enables elevated drain, allowing for wide flexibility of drainage options. They are designed for the containment of liquids up to 1.7 specific gravity, while UV inhibitors protect against direct sunlight. Translucent walls allow for level viewing and gallon indicators for easy and accurate measurements. Tanks range between 7 and 110 gallon capacity.

    Go To Tanks have a variety of cone bottom tanks for your brewing needs, whether you are just starting out or growing your operation. Contact us today and we’ll help you find the right tank for your brewery.

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