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Pump Chambers And Septic Tanks: Why You May Want A Pump Chamber Installed

Septic tank installations are predictable. You excavate the dirt, drop in the tank, connect it to your indoor plumbing, and feed a pipeline down to the drainage field. However, there are some alternatives, or rather, enhancements to this septic system installation. They need to be installed at the same time as the tank. For example, a pump chamber is one such enhancement. Here is more about pump chambers and why you may want to add it to your septic tank installation project.

What Pump Chambers Are

Currently, a gravity septic system relies on downhill gravity for the flow of wastewater. That is all fine and good, until the septic tank overflows, and then both the drainage field and the area above the tank are flooded with raw sewage. Failure rates for gravity-dependent septic systems are higher than they are for enhanced septic systems. Adding a pump chamber reduces the possibility of failure for a gravity-dependent only system.

The pump chamber is an add-on that sits next to the septic tank in the ground. A pipe runs from the pump chamber into the septic tank, almost to the bottom of the septic tank. Another pipe exits the pump chamber on the opposite side. The pump chamber then pushes water and/or air into the septic tank, causing the wastewater to stir up. The pump chamber then sucks up the wastewater and quickly pumps it out to the drainage field. The pump constantly works to lower the liquid waste in the septic tank so that there is little to no risk of the tank ever overflowing.

Why You May Want a Pump Chamber Installed Now

There are some very good reasons for wanting a pump chamber installed with your new septic tank:

  1. It would be incredibly difficult and extremely expensive to install a pump chamber at a later date. 
  2. If your septic tank overflows in the next few years, you could have avoided it with a pump chamber.
  3. A pump chamber is your "insurance policy" for your septic tank.
  4. It costs far less to add a pump chamber to the project now than a septic tank overflow cleanup at a later date. 

If you have a good-sized yard, then the pump chamber installation is completely doable. Very tiny yards may still work, but the spacing might be a tad tight between the pump chamber and the drainage field. Talk to your septic tank contractor to see what he/she thinks. For more information, contact local professionals or visit sites like