Pros and Cons of Plastic Septic Tank Systems

Plastic septic tank systems have grown in popularity in recent years. You can attribute much of this widespread acceptance to the ease of manufacturing and the low cost. Plastic septic tank systems are also cheaper to install than your other options. They are a durable alternative to traditional concrete tanks and fiberglass tanks. Plastic septic tanks are sometimes called “poly septic tanks” because we make them from polyethylene plastics.

Plastic Septic Tank Systems

About Plastic Septic Tank Systems

These plastic septic tank systems come in single and double chamber designs. They range in size from 300 gallons to 1000 gallons or larger for home use. Bigger septic tanks are also available for commercial use and, beleive it or not, there are actually septic tank systems for your pets!

Septic tank contractors sometimes install plastic septic tank systems above ground. They aren’t the prettiest structures, but you can disguise it with some decor or potted plants. If the ground where you live is unsuitable for an effluent tank then this above ground arrangement may be your only option.

3 Pros of Plastic Septic Tank Systems

1. They are lightweight.

Plastic tanks are lightweight compared with concrete tanks, so this makes them cheaper and easier to install because heavy equipment is not required to lift them. Also moving them wherever you live is so much easier than for concrete tanks.

2. They are resistant to cracking, rusting, and corrosion problems.

Plastic septic tank systems are resistant to a range of attacks especially due to their composition which protects them from chemical and biological attacks. They are resistant to cracking, a common disadvantage of concrete tanks which creates an avenue for the leakage of smells. Also there is no issue of rusting with plastic tanks which means they last a lot longer than their metal counterparts.

3. They are the cheapest septic tank system.

Plastic septic tanks are easier to put together, they are made from materials which are easier to source, and there is less manual labor in their design which makes them so much cheaper. As mentioned earlier, their light weight makes installation costs lower too.

3 Cons of Plastic Septic Tank Systems

1. They are not allowed in some places.

Unlike concrete tanks, plastic septic tanks are currently not allowed in several states as a result of pollution concerns. In some states, there have been chronic problems of plastic pollution which constitute serious chemical and biological hazards to those around.

2. They are more likely to be accidentally damaged during transportation or installation.

Plastic tanks are often very light, and this makes them prone to damage in the process of transportation or installation. Despite being relatively easy to install, they still require some attention to detail.

3. They can rise if installed incorrectly during a flood or heavy rain.

Plastic septic tank systems have to be installed properly. If installed incorrectly, they can come off during flooding and spill their content all over the place. This can result in some serious environmental and health consequences. Not to mention a big repair bill.

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