What is the Best Soil for a Septic System?

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As the leading provider of septic replacement in Newton Square, Delaware Valley Septics knows everything that needs to be considered when evaluating the factors that will affect your new septic system. Ultimately, you have to consider more than just the size of your tank: both soil and the force of gravity come into play as well. Before you sell yourself on your new septic system, consider these aspects about your land to make sure you are making the right decision.

Soil Texture

If your soil is thick and heavy, it might mean that you have too much clay in your soil. While this ordinarily wouldn’t seem like a big deal, it does make the area less porous, which can become an issue when exposed to a giant seepage area. While too much clay is an issue, there needs to be enough of it, as well as sand and silt, to make sure it can absorb the water usage from the home.

Check the Drainage Capabilities of Your Soil

As mentioned earlier, water needs to be able to drain once it leaves your septic tank, so having a soil that drains and percolates is a must. If you are noticing build-ups of water in your backyard and frequent puddles forming after rainstorms, that is an easy warning sign that your soil isn’t going to be cooperative with a new septic system. If you’re unsure, test on a dry day and see what happens to your soil when exposed to water.

Perc Testing

It is a Pennsylvania State Law that a percolation test must be performed when looking to install a new septic system onto your property. When we perform our perc tests, we will dig holes into the soil where you would ideally be putting your new septic system, and fill them with water. A flotation device is then placed in the water. How it moves will tell us how the soil absorbs water and whether the ground has the right percolation to support a new septic system.

What is the Best Soil Type for Septic Systems?

While the ideal type for septic systems is a blend of gravel and clay, other characteristics will get the job done just as easily. These include soils with sand, as well as loamy soils. Either way, make sure you take precautions to make sure your soil will support a new septic system should you choose to explore this option.

Are you concerned that your land won’t support your new septic system? Do you require septic installation in Villanova? If so, click here to contact a member of our team today.