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 permanents 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 upward 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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If you are looking for septic system maintenance, grease trap line cleaning, or septic tank pumping services, Front Range Septic can help.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and to ensure that your septic system is always functioning optimally.

Ken Starman
Ken and Jamie Starman are the owners of Front Range Septic. They purchased the business in October 2007 after they saw a need to provide quality septic & grease trap pumping services to the Northern Colorado region.

Ken grew up in rural Nebraska, making himself familiar with septic systems. Prior to the owning the septic business, he owned his own custom agriculture business for 22 years. His knowledge of dealing with different types of septic systems and how to properly maintain them has grown over his 10 years of operating the business. He has made it his goal to educate clients on their septic systems to ensure that they are getting their tank properly serviced. In addition, he understands the importance of working with restaurants and facilities that have grease interceptors to prevent costly shut downs due to improper maintenance of their grease traps. He attends wastewater trade shows for continuing education and to keep current with new regulations and trends in the industry. He enjoys the various clients he has worked with over the years and looks forward to continued growth in the future.

They both believe in providing excellent customer service. When you call Front Range Septic you will be speaking with the owners. They don’t just want your business once; they want you to be a lifetime customer.