Often unnoticed, the septic tank is one of the most important parts of a house’s plumbing system. It is vital to process the wastewater released by a household. This is why a septic tank breakdown or malfunction can lead to a wide range of problems from foul odors in your home to breakdown of the whole plumbing system.
No septic tank lasts forever and your home septic tank needs to be replaced at some point. Installing a new septic tank is not a simple decision and one key decision you need to make is what it’ll be made of. You can choose from plastic or concrete septic tanks. Here is a look at the pros and cons of both types of septic tanks to help you make an informed decision.
Plastic Septic Tanks
Plastic tanks are cheaper to buy and install. They are lighter and installation does not require heavy equipment.
Plastic septic tanks are resistant to water-based corrosion. Since plastic is more flexible compared to concrete, septic tanks are less likely to crack.
However, plastic tanks may get damaged if vehicles drive over the place where they were buried, and due to soil conditions or vibrations.
Concrete Septic Tanks
Concrete septic tanks usually last longer than plastic ones. With regular maintenance and draining, they could last decades, especially because they aren’t usually affected by environmental changes, like changing soil conditions, tree roots etc.
Since concrete septic tanks are sturdier, they do not need much maintenance either.
But you have to spend more to buy and install concrete septic tanks because concrete is heavier and installation takes longer and requires heavy equipment.
If a concrete septic tank is damaged, it is more difficult to repair properly.
Both types of septic tanks have their benefits and disadvantages, so you have to weigh what works better for your house. While concrete tanks are more durable, plastic tanks are cheaper to buy and install.
If you are looking for septic tank cleaning and pumping companies in WhiteLake or Oakland County, MI, call Shorty’s Sanitary Service at 248-332-6476.