Looking for the Best Commercial Septic Systems Company in Santa Maria, CA?
No business location is complete without a commercial septic system that can not only handle your employees use, but your customers use as well. A standard septic system just won't provide the level of performance that a commercial system demands. A residential septic system usage numbers are quite a bit lower than a businesses usage numbers. In order to find the best septic tank company, a septic tank installation company needs to understand that difference and provide you with a septic tank system your business demands. Santa Maria, CA Commercial Septic Systems understand the difference and has the skills, knowledge, and experience to provide you with a high-performing commercial septic system at an affordable cost.
How is a Commercial Septic System Different from a Residential Septic System?
Although both systems function in much the same way, a commercial septic system has a much larger capacity for the added usage. When calculating the size of a septic system, items such as number of toilets and all drains are calculated, along with the amount of people that will typically use them in a day. This total is considered the daily usage total. For residential, only the occupants of the home, along with expected daily visitors, are calculated to arrive at this figure. For a commercial septic system, along with all toilets and drains, total amount of employees along with any daily visitors to the business are figured into the total. Naturally, a business will have many more employees and visitors than a typical residential septic system will have, so the amounts of wastewater will be quite larger as well. Commercial septic systems are predominately found in:
Bus & Train Stations
Highway Rest Areas
The daily usage totals are clearly larger in all of the above mentioned commercial sites, so each of them must rely on a commercial septic system to handle it. Just like a residential septic system application, each Santa Maria, CA commercial septic system installation will be different. No two commercial sites are alike, so each get handled independently. From the commercial septic tank to the commercial leach field, everything must be larger to handle the needed capacity.
Commercial Septic System Sources
Before any actual installation begins, a site assessment is performed. The commercial Santa Maria, CA septic system company will take a look at the property and consult with you for the proper location of the leach field area. Once this decision is made, another test will be performed to verify the location. A soil test for septic, or more commonly called a percolation test, will be performed to test the soil for absorption rate and water table depth. The percolation test will begin with digging 3 to 5 holes measuring 6 feet to 8 feet in diameter. Each hole is dug to varying depths with the deepest hole reaching up to 12 feet or until the water table is reached. Knowing the depth of the water table and how fast the soil absorbs the water is crucial in determining if the location would be proper for a commercial leach field installation. Soil absorption is called the percolation rate, and the faster the water is absorbed, the higher the percolation rate is of the soil. The slower the water absorbs indicates a low percolation rate. This will dictate the size of the commercial leach field as the higher the percolation rate, the smaller the leach field needs to be, and vice-versa for lower percolation rated soil.
While the perc test is an important factor within the overall calculation in determining the right size for your commercial septic system, it's not the only factor. Another indicator that is used is the type of business you have. Commercial applications are broken down further than a residential application as no two businesses use the same amounts of water, even if they have the same amounts of employees and visitors. The actual business itself will dictate water usage. Commercial applications are broken down into 3 categories:
Commercial Sources: Shopping Malls, Bars, Airports, Office Buildings, Gas Stations, Etc.
Recreational Sources: Amusement Parks, Theaters, Resorts, Campgrounds, Day Camps, RV Park, Etc.
Institutional Sources: Libraries, Schools, Prisons, Retirement Homes, Hospitals, Etc.
Although you may think that this would be an accurate count on usages, expert commercial septic system companies in Santa Maria, CA will break these 3 categories down even further. For example, a bar and a gas station are both categorized within the Commercial Sources category. Even though they are within the same overall category, each business may potentially use different amounts than the other. A gas station may have many more daily visitors than a neighborhood bar. If the septic system company calculates the size of the commercial septic system from just calculations of a neighborhood bar, the system wouldn't be able to treat the larger amounts that a busy gas station may receive on any given day. This could lead to potential groundwater contamination by over-saturating the leach field and the wastewater wouldn't be treated before absorption takes place. Other issues could involve an overflowing commercial septic tank, which would also result in potential groundwater contamination. For this reason, commercial septic system companies take the added calculation in determining the right size for your commercial septic system.
Traditional Septic Systems and Sand Mound Systems
A traditional septic system, sometimes called a conventional septic system, is the most economical and most used septic system if all conditions are correct. It's includes a sewer main coming from your building, to a septic tank, then discharging into a leach field. The septic tank is designed to hold 3 layers of wastewater within it. Solids are at the bottom, oils and lighter solids float to the very top, and wastewater or effluent is floating in the middle layer. The effluent is allowed to be discharged from the septic tank into a leach field system where secondary treatment and disposal takes place within it's sand and gravel lined trenches. In areas of a failed percolation test, a sand mound system may be utilized. Sand is piled into a mound and the effluent is pumped to the top of the mound. The effluent drains through the sand mound and any impurities that were left from the treatment within the septic tank, are collected within the sand. Clean effluent is then either absorbed into the soil, combined with groundwater, used by the roots of vegetation, or rises to the surface for evaporation. The basic mechanics of a traditional leach field and a sand mound system are the same, only difference is a sand mound system isn't dug into the ground. Sand mound systems are used in cases of a failed perc test or where the water table is too close to the surface for a traditional leach field installation.
Aerobic Septic System
The aerobic septic system is classified as an alternative septic system due to the method of how it treats the waste. A blower or bubbler injects air into the wastewater which accelerates the treatment process. This accelerated process produces a cleaner effluent than what a traditional septic system will produce. Having cleaner effluent going into the leach field for secondary treatment reduces the burden of the leach field. In most cases, an aerobic septic system results in a leach field lasting much longer than traditional methods.
Advanced Wastewater Treatment System
Probably the most commonly seen commercial septic system today, the advanced wastewater treatment system is an all-in-one septic waste treatment unit. While you can use a leach field with this system, it is not necessary as the treatment process housed within the unit treats wastewater to below environmental standards. This unit can be quite expensive, but it may be designed to handle any amounts of wastewater needed.
• I've noticed my toilets and sinks are beginning to drain slowly. Is my septic system damaged?
It may be an issue of just needing to be pumped out. Solids build-up over time and a typical septic tank requires a pump-out every 3 to 5 years, depending on usage. There may also be other more severe problems as well. Only having a septic inspection performed will let you know exactly what the cause of your slow draining issues.
• I had my septic system inspected and was told I needed a new septic filter. What is a septic filter and do they need to be replaced?
A septic filter is a mesh that covers your outlet tube going to the leach field. It acts as a strainer to prevent hair and other larger debris from going into the leach field and causing a clog in the drain field chambers or pipes. Most of the time, these can simply be cleaned, but if damage has occurred or a normal cleaning won't clean it out, a replacement may be necessary.
• I had a clog in my sink drain and I used a clog-remover I bought at the store. The clog is back already and I've made sure nothing went down my drain. What could be wrong?
Clog-removers you buy in the store are sometimes just a quick-fix method. There could be a more serious underlying problem within your septic system. Having your septic inspected will tell you more about the problem you're having. Also, it's never a good idea to use any of the clog-removers in a septic system. There's harmful chemicals in it and those chemicals will kill the bacteria in your septic tank that is needed to breakdown your waste as part of the treatment process. If you have a clog, it's best to call a septic system repair company to clear your drains.