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Septic System Considerations for Summer Cabin Getaways

Are you currently making plans to build a summer vacation cabin away from civilization? Are you trying to decide what is essential and what is extraneous? While a lot of things can be omitted when you're planning a basic vacation cabin, a good sanitation system isn't one of those. When deciding what form your septic system will take, here are some things you should consider:

Estimated cabin occupation: If you're only going to be spending a week or two at your cabin in the summer, you aren't going to need a large septic tank for your septic system. On the other hand, if you want to spend a month or more there at a time, you may want to opt for a larger tank. While buying a smaller septic tank can save you money up front, if it sees heavy use, then you will have to spend more on septic tank cleaning over time. If you have to have your smaller tank cleaned out every six to twelve months, you'll likely see no savings at all.

Attached plumbing fixtures: When you have a limited water supply, you may decide to use a composting toilet instead of a flush toilet. This type of toilet can potentially save a significant amount of water, since it doesn't need to be hooked up to a septic system. On the other hand, you may still need a septic tank in order to dispose of any water used for bathing, washing dishes or doing laundry. If this type of water is all that you're putting into the system, you may be able to go a long time between septic tank cleaning calls. 

Distance from nearest town: A septic tank cleaning service will likely charge you a higher fee the further outside of their town or city they need to travel. If you're two or three hours from the nearest cleaning service, they are almost certain to charge you a higher fee than if you were within city limits. As a result, you'll want to limit the number of cleanings that you'll need. One way to do this is to go up one or two sizes in septic tanks. For example, if you determine that a 500 gallon tank should be enough for your needs, you may want to instead buy a 1000 or 1500 gallon tank. While the initial cost will be higher, the reduced number of necessary cleanings can make the purchase worth it.

If you have any questions about septic tanks, consider contacting a local specialist, such as AAA Pumping Service, for more information.


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