Installing a septic tank system is beneficial for several reasons. These systems are economical, environmentally friendly, and they allow for on-site water treatment.

Septic systems differ in terms of type and capacity. After deciding to install a new septic system, the next step is to select a system that meets your household’s requirements. In this article, we look at several considerations you should take into account to ensure that you choose the right septic system for your needs.

Household Size and Water Usage

The size of your household and its water usage are primary factors you should consider when determining the size of your septic system. Systems for permanent homes are generally larger than those for vacation or seasonal homes. Additionally, if you have a family of, say, five or six people, your system also needs a higher capacity for wastewater.

Land Size

You should also take the size of your land into account when selecting a septic system size and, more specifically, the size of the drain field. If you have a relatively small property, an aerobic septic system that consists of more than one tank and an oxygen supply may be a more viable option. These systems have small drain fields.

Land Slopes

A conventional septic system is sufficient for downward sloping lands, as these systems use gravity to ensure continuous water flow. However, if there is an upward slope from your building toward the drain field, you may have to dig trenches to achieve a downward slope. You can drain wastewater upwards with a drip distribution or mound system.

Soil Type

Soil conditions may also affect the type of septic system you need. For example, a drip distribution system doesn’t require a large mound of soil, an aerobic system is ideal if you have a water table that is too high, and a mound system is suitable if you have a shallow bedrock or high groundwater. If you have shallow soil, consider an evapotranspiration system.

Local Laws and Regulations

Before buying a new septic system, consult all relevant local regulations. For example, if a neighborhood is close to a river, or if there is a shallow bedrock in the area, you may need additional filtration to prevent environmental wastewater contamination. These regulations will also provide you with the environmental information you need to select the most appropriate septic system type.


Your property’s landscape may limit the type of septic system you can use on your property. For example, trees, hills, rocks, and structures can restrict the space you have available for system installation. If you have trees with aggressive roots on your property, an aerobic treatment unit may be a better option than a drip distribution septic system.

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