If you have been researching septic tanks for a while you will know that there are a handful of options, each with advantages and disadvantages. It can be difficult to decide which type of septic tank you should purchase. This article will focus on the pros and cons of plastic septic tanks.
Plastic Septic Tank Advantages
- Plastic septic tanks are far less prone to cracking than other options on the market
- Plastic septic tanks weigh less than any other type of septic tank and so they are easily maneuvered around a property and installed.
- Plastic septic tanks are some of the most inexpensive on the market
- Since there are no metallic parts, plastic septic tanks do not rust
- Plastic septic tanks do not corrode and are complete water-tight
Plastic Septic Tank Disadvantages
- Plastic septic tanks are so light that they will ‘float’ on the surface of the ground if they are not installed correctly
- The effluent level is usually lower in a plastic septic tank, which you will only discover while having your septic tank pumped
- Not all states allow the installation of plastic septic tanks (it is best to ask your City Hall)
- Damage to your plastic septic tank can occur during installation because it is so light-weight
Plastic septic tanks are usually chosen when the optimal location of the septic tank is difficult to reach with a crane and cement septic tank. Another major consideration is cost. The plastic septic tanks get the job done and they are much less expensive than any other type of septic tank.
When is a plastic septic tank appropriate? Plastic septic tanks can be the right choice when they are permissible in your state and when cost is a significant consideration. In the end, you must decide if a plastic septic tank is best for your project. Another consideration is what type of septic tank risers you want to install.