Have you ever noticed that some houses, perhaps even around where you live, have a mound in the yard? Sometimes these mounds have pipes coming out of the top. These mounds are actually part of the septic system for this house. What is the mound for? How does it work? Lets take a look at these questions and explain why you see these and how they actually work.
As we mentioned in a previous article about percolation tests, the soil has to absorb water from your septic system at a certain rate in order for the waste water to be properly biodegraded by the soil. If the ground absorbs the water too slow, it will end up flooding your yard. Too fast means that it could make its way into drinking water before being processed naturally. So what happens when that is the case, the ground isn’t ideal, does that mean you won’t be able to build on the property?
This is where the mound system comes in. When the ground is not ideal for a septic system, a mound system can be used in many cases. There are a few different aspects of the system you should know about. The system consists of a septic tank, a dosing chamber and a mound. Waste water enters the septic tank after it leaves the house. The solid waste settles to the bottom of the tank, just like a regular septic system. The effluent, or waste water is pumped to the mound. The water is pumped in doses, hence the name. Because the waste water is regulated as it flows through the mound the water can be treated before making it to the original soil beneath. These mounds are not simply a dirt mound, they are carefully designed taking into consideration the original soil below where the mound is to be built. Also the flow rate for the pumps are set for the specific situation. As with all aspects of your properties septic system, it is carefully inspected and approved by your municipality to make sure its safe for your family and your neighbors.
Remember, you don’t need to know everything about your septic system. You should however remember Martin Septic Service. We have been providing septic services for decades throughout Charlotte, Sarasota counties in Florida. Give us a call today, or complete this online form.