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What Factors Determine Septic Tank Size in Warrenton VA?

Septic tanks are an important part of the sewage disposal system for rural homes in Warrenton VA, and maintenance of a septic system is the homeowner's responsibility. It’s really important to select a septic tank that is the appropriate size for the household, and that the septic tank is installed properly. Selecting a septic tank in Warrenton VA that is the right size can save money on maintenance for years to come.

Legal Standards: You should always be aware of the laws and building codes that relate to your septic system before you begin construction. For example, in some areas it is not legal to install a septic tank with a volume smaller than 1,000 gallons. Some areas, where there is a high level of moisture in the soil it is also illegal to install plastic tanks because they will float back to the surface. The septic tank you purchase must be in accordance with the state, city and local housing authority codes.

Number of Bedrooms: The number of bedrooms in a home is also used to estimate the size septic tank needed. A home with two or fewer bedrooms needs a septic tank that holds at least 750 gallon. A three bedroom home should have a septic tank with a volume of at least 1,000 gallons. A four bedroom home should have at least a 1,200-gallon tank, and a five or six bedroom home's system should hold no less than 1,500-gallon.

Water Use: It is a good rule of thumb to use a septic tank with a total volume equal to about twice the household's daily sewage output. Tanks that are smaller do not hold the sewage long enough for waste to break down before passing out of the septic tank and into the environment. If the tank is too large however, it can cause excessive anaerobic action, and slow oxidation.

If you have any questions about septic tank size and septic system maintenance in Warrenton, VA, call SES. Based in Warrenton, Virginia, SES offers 24-hour emergency response for septic system malfunctions. We've been inspecting, servicing, maintaining and repairing septic systems for residential and commercial customers in Northern Virginia since 1987.

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