What Size Tank Will Be Perfect for Your Home?

December 27, 2016

As a new homeowner, we know that you have a lot going on all at once. You have closed on the home and signed all the papers. You may have even moved in and started noticing a few kinks in the home. That wet spot on the wall has grown or the furnace is acting up.

These things happen. These things are also all easy to handle. Yet, what happens if your septic tank starts acting out?

This is one thing that most homeowners will not expect. Yet, if you notice some swampy spots around your septic tank, a backed-up toilet, or start noticing algae blooms in any nearby lake or pond water, these are just a few clear signs that your septic tank may failing.

One main cause of septic tank failure is when you have the wrong size tank for your household. This can happen if you move into a house that was set up for 1 or 2 people but now has 3-5 people living in it.  Especially if your house has been remodeled recently, adding more space.

To help, we suggest looking at the size of your septic tank. If you’re worried that it’s too small, here is how to figure out what the correct size will be for your household.

  1. The easiest answer is that the size of septic system you require will depend on the amount of water your household uses.
  2. Some jurisdictions do have minimum size requirement so, you will need to consider this if you’re expecting to expand the size of your septic tank. To start with, most minimum size requirements will be 1,000 gallons.
  3. The capacity of your septic tank should always be 40% larger than the amount of sewage flowing into it each day. For example, a 1,000-gallon septic tank can usually handle around 600 gallons of sewage a day.
  4. If you have frequent visitors, keep in mind that they will use more water while staying with you. Meaning, you may need to factor in their consistent water use when thinking about the size of your tank.
  5. You can also consider the age of those in your household. For example, children will usually use a minimum of 100 gallons of water per day while an adult will use anywhere between 50 to 100 gallons.
  6. Think about how many of your appliances use water and see just how much water they require to use per day.

These tips can help you estimate the size of your septic tank. To make sure you’re getting the right size tank, you can also consult with our team. We will be happy to help and can even install your septic tank for you once we know what size will be perfect for your household.

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