Is a mound septic system bad?

They were developed in 60’s by the University of Wisconsin and can pretty much be used in any situation. The drawbacks to a mound septic system are: They are more expensive. To dig a trench and fill it with gravel is fairly easy and therefore relatively inexpensive.

A mound septic system is used for aberrant soil conditions. In order for effluent (waste water) to be completely treated it must pass slowly through 3 feet of dry soil. A mound septic system is also used when you have rocky soil because the effluent will run right through it without being treated.

Secondly, what does a mound septic system look like? The Mound. The mound is a drainfield that is raised above the natural soil surface in a specific sand fill material. Within the sand fill is a gravel-filled bed with a network of small diameter pipes. Septic tank effluent is pumped through the pipes in controlled doses to insure uniform distribution throughout the bed.

Besides, how long does a septic mound system last?

The most common are concrete and steel sand mounds. Concrete can last a year up to 40 years. The lifespan depends on the mixture and quality of the concrete material. It is very porous and is very vulnerable to cracks that will definitely affect its performance and longevity.

How do you maintain a mound septic system?

A dense, healthy lawn or other vegetative cover will protect the soil surface from rain and hold the soil in place with its roots. Inspect the mound for any patches of bare soil and plant them with grass or other cover. Help prevent septic system failure through regular maintenance and inspection.

How much does it cost to install a sand mound septic system?

The cost of the electric pump and sand also contributes to the total price. Mound septic systems have an average cost between $10,000 and $20,000.

How often does a mound system need to be pumped?

The raised mound that was initially installed in your home was only for two people. It was supposed to be pumped out every three years. But you had children and that meant that your household got bigger. With 5 members, it should’ve been pumped every 2 years.

Can a mound system be put anywhere?

It costs a great deal of money to install these systems, but they can be placed anywhere. A mound septic system has no container, and digging too far gets you too close to the water table. This means instead of digging down you have to dig out. This causes a problem because you need a larger space for the trench.

What can I plant on my mound system?

These may be planted around the mound; large, thirsty trees such as a silver maple, willow, elm and poplar should be at least 50 feet away. Most shrubs and small ornamental trees such as dogwood, flowering cherry or crabapple can be planted within 20 feet. Sand mounds are also not the place for your vegetable garden.

What is the difference between a mound system and a septic system?

Like the mound system, a conventional septic system installation involves a tank and a drain field. However, unlike the mound system, there’s no need for a pump since all components are underground. Inspections also occur every three years, less frequently than mound systems.

Can you drive on a mound system?

Locally, a mound system is created by scraping the site, adding a layer of sand, then a layer of gravel, then the pipes, layer of gravel, layer of sand, layer of clay to seal, then a layer of topsoil. Driving any machinery over it is not a recommended practice.

Do mound septic systems smell?

Not only will there be smells from the sand mound system but also the wastewater backing up to the surface. It is only natural for the sand mound system to release odors and smell on occasion. You should pay special attention to any lingering septic smells and treat the underlying cause immediately.

Can a mound system freeze?

Freezing temperatures can cause various components of your septic system to freeze up. The most vulnerable areas of your septic system are the pipes leading from the house into the septic tank. Septic systems that are used frequently are less susceptible to freezing because of the constant flowing water.

Does a mound system need to be pumped?

As with an underground septic system, the mound system also needs regular pumping from the solid waste tank. Above ground septic tanks do require additional room and expertise.

How often should a 1000 gallon septic tank be pumped?

For example, a 1,000 gallon septic tank, which is used by two people, should be pumped every 5.9 years. If there are eight people using a 1,000-gallon septic tank, it should be pumped every year.

How long should a leach field last?

about twenty years

How do I know if my drain field is failing?

Signs of this are drains gurgling, draining slowly, water coming up through the lower house level floor drains, and wet spots in the yard. Usually these problems are most noticeable when you use a lot of water, like on laundry day.

How much is it to replace a drain field?

Replacement Costs Although costs vary according to the size of the leach field, soils and costs of local permits, expect to pay between $5,000 and $20,000 for leach field replacement. It is the most expensive component of the septic system.

Can heavy rain cause a septic backup?

It is common to have a septic back up after or even during a heavy rain. Significant rainfall can quickly flood the ground around the soil absorption area (drainfield) leaving it saturated, making it impossible for water to flow out of your septic system.