When it comes to eco-friendly home improvement technology, septic systems might not be the most exciting topic — but they are one of the most important. Safely disposing of waste on your property is crucial to keeping your home safe, clean, and green.
But how can you choose the best septic system for your home and budget? You should talk to your local septic installation company to learn more — they’ll probably be happy to provide a detailed consultation for your property. In the meantime, check out this list of eco-friendly septic alternatives. These systems will improve the safety and cleanliness of your home, wherever you live.
Sand Mound Septic Systems
If your property can’t pass the percolation test (that test that ensures your ground can safely filter wastewater in a leach field) you might want to consider a sand mound system as an eco-friendly option.
In this system, wastewater from your septic tank is filtered through a mound of fine sand and gravel. That way, the water that is eventually absorbed into the ground is clean and safe for the environment. It’s one of the best ways to reduce the risk of contamination to local plant life and waterways.
Sand mound systems are fairly affordable and easy to install. They do use some electricity to pump wastewater, but are otherwise fairly low-tech and green — great for a low-maintenance home on a larger property.
Aerobic Septic Systems
Aerobic septic systems protect the environment by improving the breakdown of waste within the septic tank. Air is pumped into the tank (hence the name of the system) which encourages bacteria to breakdown solid waste faster and more completely. The wastewater that eventually rises to the top of the tank and is filtered to the mound or leach field is then much cleaner, with less of a risk of harmful contamination.
Aerobic systems use some electricity to run the air pump. Other than that, they are fairly similar to a conventional septic system. Installation and maintenance costs can vary depending on where you live, so be sure to ask a local septic design company to find out more.
Private Water Treatment Plant
Finally, you might want to consider exporting your waste treatment to a private water treatment plant.
Private treatment plants will safely filter and breakdown waste from residential and commercial properties. They always adhere to local environmental codes, and are safe and well-maintained year-round. This is one of the best options, especially for a busy homeowner, or a home on a smaller property, that doesn’t have space for a private septic tank and leach field.