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3 Key Advantages of Plastic Septic Tanks

  • By Admin
  • 28 Nov, 2018
Septic systems offer an on-property way to manage household waste, and they can easily rival the performance of a municipal sewer system when properly installed. At the heart of every septic system lies the septic tank. The tank acts as a receptacle for solid waste, while allowing liquid waste to percolate out into the drain field through a special outlet pipe.

Traditionally, most septic systems contained tanks made out of concrete. Today, however, more and more homeowners opt for plastic septic tanks instead. If you would like to learn more about the relative merits of these two options, keep reading. This article takes a closer look at three key advantages of plastic septic tanks.

1. Less Expensive

The most immediate advantage of a plastic septic tank has to do with its relative cost compared to a concrete tank. Depending on its size, a plastic septic tank may cost anywhere between $500 and $1,500. The equivalent size of concrete tank may cost between $1,300 and $5,000 - a considerable amount more.

This difference only accounts for the actual materials costs involved in creating the tank. The price difference balloons even farther when considering transportation and installation costs. Plastic septic tanks weigh a mere fraction of a pre-cast concrete tank, thus lowering the amount of energy required to transport them to the job site.

Cast-in-place concrete septic tanks also carry higher installation costs than plastic tanks. Such tanks require a team of skilled concrete workers to erect the forms and pour the fresh concrete into place. This process takes much longer - and hence costs much more - than simply excavating the ground and popping a plastic tank into place.

2. Immune to Corrosion

Concrete tanks face a significant threat in the form of corrosion. Such corrosion happens naturally in the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas, a common by-product of the bacteria that process waste inside the tank. When this gas escapes into the air space of a septic tank, a different species of bacteria turns it into the potent acid known as hydrosulfuric acid.

Hydrosulfuric acid has a highly destructive effect on concrete, eating away at the bonds that hold it together. Such corrosion can ultimately chew right through the walls of a concrete septic tank, allowing dangerous sewage to escape into the surrounding ground. Other factors such as water chemistry and the make-up of the concrete mix may also exacerbate concrete tank corrosion.

Hydrosulfuric acid has no effect on polyethylene, meaning those who opt for plastic septic tanks can rest easy regarding their tank's long-term health.

3. Easier Repairs

Although a plastic septic tank cannot suffer corrosion, it may still develop structural problems as time goes on. The walls of a plastic septic tank may crack if subjected to excessive amounts of stress. For instance, accidentally driving over a plastic septic tank can compress the soil enough to crack the tank wall.

Fortunately, a septic professional can repair a plastic tank provided the damage remains within certain limitations. Better yet, the repair process involves fewer steps and much less work than repairing a concrete tank.

In either case, workers must first pump all of the waste out of the damaged tank. Then the tank must be partially excavated to expose the damaged portion. At this point, the contractor simply has to use a plastic welding gun to close up the crack in the tank wall. A concrete tank, by contrast, requires workers to mix up repair mortar, allow it to fully cure, and then apply a sealant.

Plastic septic tanks have become a popular option among homeowners, thanks to their low price point and excellent longevity. For more information about the best type of septic tank for your needs, please contact the pros at Pete's Outflow Technicians.
By Admin 20 Dec, 2018
If you own a lot of valuables, you need to find a safe place to store them in your home. Consider the following hiding place options on this blog.
By Admin 10 Oct, 2018
he first thing you need to do is have new locks installed in all the entry doors. If the doors do not have deadbolts, now is the time to add them. Because you cannot be sure that you possess all of the existing keys, the best thing to do is start fresh on every lock on the property. Working with a locksmith to change all the locks will ensure that the house is secure.

Entry Locks

Entry locks are those locks that secure your front and back doors and any door that leads directly into the home. The locks can be keyed alike for these doors, but keep in mind that means anyone with a key can then open all the entry doors on the house.
But if the locks don't use the same keys, someone with a key will have to try every door to find the one it will open. When someone that does not belong there is poking around, a neighbor may be able to see them and notify the police.  

Sliding Doors

If you have a sliding glass door on your home, the lock that secures it may or may not have a keyed locked on it. If the door does have a lock, getting a locksmith to change the cylinder is a good idea.

Another good idea is installing a door bar in the track that prevents the door from sliding in the frame. Often people use a piece of wood or pipe and lay it in the track, but a door bar is designed to lock into place and is much harder to jar loose than the old broom handle in the track.

By Admin 13 Sep, 2018
You have a lock on your front door, possibly even a deadbolt. You may have been considering installing a security system because you want to keep your family and your possessions safe. If you've started looking into home security systems, then you may have discovered there's a wide variety of options.

This guide lists some tips that will help you choose a security system that meets your needs.
By Admin 20 Aug, 2018
A safe and secure home is valuable, and your actions play a direct role in just how safe the home is. A few small changes can turn your home into one that people won't want to mess with.

These changes are common-sense moves, but many people don't make them because of a false sense of security. As safe as Vista and San Diego County are, you really should take the time to complete these actions. When it comes to home security, you are definitely better safe than sorry.
By Admin 19 Jul, 2018
The upfront cost of whole-house security upgrades can be significant. As such, many homeowners make do with regular pin-tumbler locks and trust that these locks will safeguard against burglars.

However, intruders can easily open standard locks using techniques such as jimmying or forceful entry. Deadbolts are less vulnerable to such invasive techniques, and the best part is that you do not have to spend a fortune to keep your home safe.

Here is a quick guide to deadbolts and why installing these locks can be a smart investment. 
By Admin 22 Jun, 2018
Security is one of the most important concerns that any business owner has. You put your blood, sweat, and tears into building your company, so the last thing you want to happen is to lose what you've worked so hard for. An access control system and card security system can provide you with the tools to protect your building on the interior and exterior.

Access control systems effectively lock down a property into different access points that require certain security clearance to gain entrance to. Who you chose to give that clearance to is your choice.

Card reader security systems are installed directly on the major entrances and exit doors throughout the building. In order to gain access, the employee must have a valid card to scan or swipe through the reader. Also, visitors who wish to enter the building will need to be buzzed through the doors by an employee of the building.

There are several other benefits to using the access control card readers.
By Admin 24 May, 2018
Money earned from a rental property is known as passive income, but if you want to safeguard your property and boost your investment, you can't be passive when it comes to protecting the property. Make sure you keep security a top priority by focusing on the security needs of your property. Learn some helpful tips to keep your rental property safer.
By Admin 18 Apr, 2018
Your door locks are meant to keep unwanted people out of your home, but they're not meant to keep you out when you have a key. Yet sometimes it certainly seems like it when a deadbolt or doorknob lock stops working, stranding you outside.

Most of the time, a simple reason explains this situation, as well as a simple fix. But unless you recognize the symptoms immediately, you may have to go through a few steps to eliminate each possibility. Once you find the cause, fixing the problem should be easy.
By Admin 21 Mar, 2018
Locks represent one of the most common items in everyday life, found on everything from cars, to homes, to file cabinets. Locks play such an important role in the modern world that it can be easy to overlook their long and varied history. Those who look deeper, however, will find a treasure trove of information. This article will introduce you to three little-known facts regarding locks.
By Admin 15 Feb, 2018
If you're like most people, you may be forced to associate with people you don't fully trust. Before you accept this and resign yourself to the notion that someone will steal something valuable of yours, consider this:

A safe will protect your valuables from theft, unwanted scrutiny, and even damage by fire or flood. Whether you have priceless family heirlooms, sensitive financial papers, or important documents that you need to stay protected, a safe will keep your valuables secure.

Now that you're thinking about installing a safe, where should you put it? You've probably seen old movies where characters hide the safe behind an oil painting, but you don't want to make it too easy for thieves to guess where you've hidden your valuables. Instead, think about these more unconventional places to hide a safe.
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