Many people ask us if they can repair their traditional septic system’s lateral lines and if they are required to install an aerobic system for their next septic system replacement. There are a couple factors that play into each scenario, so let’s take a look.
If your system has absorption problems or issues with the lateral lines, your first instinct may be to repair the lateral lines. In order to do this, your system must meet current regulations and have an identified, specific area that requires repair.
Examples of potential specific repairs include:
If the system is old or is having a general absorption issue, replacement is probably the best route. If you believe you require a septic system replacement, you may be wondering if you are required to install an aerobic system. The answer depends mostly on the soil and site conditions. If your property has good absorptive soil, it may be possible to install a new drain field or lateral system while meeting the current regulations. Here in Texas, if the property is rocky or contains a high amount of clay, you will likely require an aerobic system. Although the old system may have been “grandfathered in,” the new system must meet current regulations.