Septic System Mistakes To Avoid

Pros & Cons of a Residential Drip Distribution Septic System

by Melinda Crawford

Choosing the right septic system is one of the biggest challenges you will face as you create your new residential property. It is always best to bring in the aid of a residential septic service to help you pick out the best setup for your property. One option you may have is a drip distribution system. These more modern septic systems slowly dispel the sewage into the ground where it is naturally cleansed and processed. Take a look at some of the pros and cons of residential drip distribution septic systems to help you decide. 

Pro: Drip systems work well in spite of a high water table underground. 

One thing that some residential dwellers run into when needing to install a new septic system is a high water table underground. If there is a high water table, it can make it hard for a septic tank to stay firmly seated. With a drip distribution system, the holding tank does not have to be that far under the ground so a higher water table will not make that much of a difference. 

Con: Drip distribution septic systems do have more components than traditional tanks. 

One of the downfalls of a drip septic setup is the fact that the setup does require several more components than just a regular tank system. You will need several distribution lines, a pump, a small holding tank, and more. The complexity of the system does mean it takes longer to install, and it may cost more due to the extra components and labor involved. 

Pro: Drip distribution systems do not require regular septic tank pumping services. 

One of the bigger advantages for most homeowners with these systems is the fact that there is no need to have the holding tank pumped as you would with a regular septic tank. The small holding tank is gradually emptied through the drip system. Therefore, it never really needs a lot of attention. 

Con: Drip distribution septic systems may not work on smaller properties. 

On smaller properties, the drip distribution septic system is not usually the most feasible thing. The series of lines that has to be routed from the holding tank needs to be routed a good distance away from the house. Unless you can get a permit to run the distribution system onto someone else's property, you may have to settle with a different type of setup.