Above Ground Septic Tank Information
What is an Above Ground Septic Tank?
In a true sense, the phrase refers to alternative units that have a reservoir that sits out in the open, on top of the earth. Conventional units have buried reservoirs that generally can’t be detected by the naked eye. However, burying the reservoir is often illegal on waterfront property and the expense of excavation can be cost-prohibitive if the property isn’t used year-round, so cabins and vacation homes sometimes have them.
Occasionally, people also use the phrase to describe what’s known as a “mound system.” It’s not accurate because the mound refers to where the water, or effluent, is discharged, and it’s not a reflection of the reservoir at all. These kinds of units are usually in use when there’s a problem with the soil that would otherwise allow the effluent to reach the water table before being cleaned by the soil. This page contains information on true above ground septic tanks. For more information on mound units, please see our Mound Septic System page.
Above Ground Septic Tank Installation
Installation of the reservoir is fairly straightforward, as excavation isn’t necessary. However, permits are still required and the reservoir must be hooked up to the home’s plumbing as well as to a discharge area for the effluent. In certain areas, the reservoir may not be able to have a proper leach field or discharge area. If this is the case, the entire reservoir will need to be pumped by a licensed professional frequently. Our skilled partner technicians handle all this, including the planning and the permits, so you can be sure everything is done to code and your unit is safe for your family, as well as the environment.
Above Ground Septic Tank Pumping and Inspection
Traditional residential units require pumping every 3-5 years, but if your unit is part of a seasonal or part-time home, it’s a good idea to have it pumped and inspected as you wrap up the season each year. Because pumping needs are generally determined by the use the unit gets as well as the size of the reservoir, there is a great deal of variance with these. Please speak with one of our experienced partner technicians to determine what the proper pumping schedule for your reservoir is. As part of the regular pumping appointment, your unit will be inspected, to check for damage and wear. If you do not use yours very often, it’s a good idea to have a technician out to check it before you begin using it every year.
Above Ground Septic Tank Repairs and Emergencies
If something goes wrong with your unit, call us right away. We’ll make sure a skilled technician is dispatched as quickly as possible, so service can be restored promptly.
Call CMAC Septic Service for All Your Above Ground Septic Tank Needs
Whether you need a new system or tank installed, require regular maintenance and pumping, or are having trouble with your unit, our partners can help. Call us at (256) 474-8281 now.