Septic System Identification Guide

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Septic System Types

Often times we get calls from homeowners who know they have a septic tank, but are unsure what kind of tank they are dealing with. We put together a quick identification guide so you can determine what septic system type you have. As Central Iowa’s oldest septic company we have experience working on all types of septic systems. Got questions?

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AdvanTex

They’re the ideal solution for difficult soils, small sites, system upgrades and repairs, new installations, pretreatment, nitrogen reduction, and disinfection. One of the major benefits of AdvanTex is that it provides, consistent, reliable advanced treatment under real-world conditions, not just in a controlled testing environment. And one reason for that is AdvanTex Treatment Systems process and discharge small amounts of treated wastewater throughout the day, so surges don’t overwhelm your system. The treated effluent is so clean it can be reused for subsurface irrigation (where regulations allow) or discharged to shallow, inconspicuous trenches.

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Commercial Coco Peat

A cocopeat biofilter system is a low-cost and low-maintenance on-site wastewater treatment solution that is modular in design and applicable for residential, institutional and commercial establishments. The system can be designed to passively treat septic tank effluent to meet secondary treatment levels. Effluent can be distributed to the biofilter unit either by gravity or through a pressurized piping network using a small effluent pump. Larger flows can be accommodated by adding modules or custom designing a larger filter.

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Residential CocoPeat

A cocopeat biofilter system is a low-cost and low-maintenance on-site wastewater treatment solution that is modular in design and applicable for residential establishments. The system can be designed to passively treat septic tank effluent to meet secondary treatment levels. For residential use, the biofilter unit consists of a relatively small watertight plastic box and a specially selected and blended coco-based medium. The design allows it to treat up to 1,000 liters (2 modules) of wastewater daily. Effluent can be distributed to the biofilter unit either by gravity or through a pressurized piping network using a small effluent pump.

Waterloo Biofilter

The Waterloo Biofilter uses a patented, highly engineered foam filtration medium that is optimized to treat wastewater passively. The foam creates an environment where naturally occurring bacteria can thrive and remove contaminants found in wastewater.

The system provides both physical filtration and biological treatment of wastewater in one step – ensuring polluting elements are removed before water is returned to the natural environment. Learn More

Standard System

The perspective on what specific combination of tank and leachfield makes up a standard system varies by region of the country. The tank can have one or two compartments and it can be manufactured from a variety of materials including concrete, plastic or fiberglass. Leachfields can be constructed with plastic or concrete chambers, stone and pipe, or they can be gravelless. Installation can be in beds, trenches or mounds, with sequential or parallel distribution. The large majority of systems function by gravity, but some may require pumping for mound applications or to overcome elevation differences.