Holding Tank System
A holding tank is a watertight tank used to catch and contain wastewater from a home or business until it can be removed and disposed of at a wastewater treatment facility. Holding tanks provide no separation of solids and do not include a baffle system that can block solid waste from exiting the tank. They are the only alternative for areas where septic tanks can not be used.
Depending on the size of your tank and useage of water a holding tank requires pumping each time it becomes full. This involves monitoring the tank level with a high water tank alarm which is equiped when the tank is installed to notify you when the tank needs to be serviced.
Septic Tank System
A septic system (POWTS -private onsite wastewater system) consist of four different type of systems. Gravity filterbed system, arobic system, mound system and atgrade system. A septic system consist of one to three tanks and requires to be pumped every two to three years.
A Septic tanks allows solid waste to break down into waste water and leaves the system as a liquid, it does not release solid waste into the ground.Septic systems work by separating the solids from the liquids. Solids are broken down naturally through bacterial action and then passed out of the tank along with the waste water. In general, the septic system is the more efficient and "maintenance free" choice.
Systems equiped with effluient fillers work as a screen to keep solids from entering the filter bed and causing damage by blocking the absorbtion field. Proper maintence by rising the filter will help keep your system working efficently.