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Understanding the Murky Depths: A Guide to Septic Tanks 

Updated: May 21

A white septic fiberglass tank.
Edwards Fiberglass discusses septic tanks.

For many homeowners, septic systems can be a bit of a mystery. Buried beneath the surface, they silently handle wastewater, and as long as everything functions properly, most folks don't give them a second thought. But when it comes time to install a new septic tank, navigating the world of options and regulations can feel overwhelming.

Here at Edwards Fiberglass, we understand that choosing the right septic tank is an important decision.  That's why we've been crafting high-quality fiberglass tanks for over 40 years.  In this blog post, we'll shed some light on septic tanks, explore the advantages of fiberglass models, and explain why Edwards Fiberglass should be your top choice.

What is a septic tank, and how does it work?

A septic tank is a crucial component of a septic system, which is a small-scale sewage treatment system for homes not connected to a municipal sewer line.  A typical septic system consists of two main parts:  the septic tank itself and a drainfield.

The septic tank is a large watertight container, usually buried underground, that receives wastewater from your home.  Inside the tank, a basic treatment process occurs.

Solids heavier than water settle at the bottom, forming a layer of sludge.  Lighter materials like fats, oils, and greases float to the top, creating a layer of scum.  Between these two layers sits a clearer liquid effluent.

The effluent then exits the tank and travels to the drainfield, a network of perforated pipes buried in gravel-filled trenches.  The drainfield allows the effluent to slowly seep into the surrounding soil, where it's naturally filtered and treated by bacteria.

Why fiberglass? The case for Edwards Fiberglass septic tanks

Septic tanks are traditionally made from concrete, but in recent years, fiberglass has emerged as a superior alternative. Here's why Edwards Fiberglass tanks are a smart choice for your home:

  • Durability: Fiberglass is incredibly strong and resistant to corrosion. Unlike concrete tanks, which can crack and leak over time due to soil settling or pressure, Edwards Fiberglass tanks are built to last. Our tanks are engineered with multiple layers of fiberglass resin for exceptional structural integrity.

  • Lightweight: Fiberglass tanks are significantly lighter than concrete tanks. This makes them easier to transport and install, reducing labor costs and potential damage to your property during installation.

  • Watertight: Edwards Fiberglass tanks are seamlessly molded in one piece, eliminating weak points and potential leaks. This ensures that wastewater stays contained within the tank and doesn't contaminate the surrounding soil.

  • Smooth Interior: The smooth interior surface of a fiberglass tank discourages the buildup of solids and scum, which can reduce maintenance needs over time.

  • Longevity: With proper care, an Edwards Fiberglass septic tank can provide dependable service for decades.

Additional benefits of choosing Edwards Fiberglass

At Edwards Fiberglass, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond. Here are just a few reasons to choose us for your septic tank needs:

  • Experience: We've been in the business for over 40 years, and our team has the expertise to ensure a smooth installation process.

  • Quality Materials: We use only the highest quality fiberglass resins and manufacturing processes to create a long-lasting product.

  • Variety of Sizes: We offer a wide range of tank sizes to accommodate the needs of any home.

  • Compliance: Our tanks are designed and manufactured to meet all applicable industry standards and local regulations.

  • Customer Service: We are committed to providing exceptional customer service throughout the entire process.

If you're considering a new septic tank installation, we encourage you to contact Edwards Fiberglass today.  Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer your questions, help you determine the right size tank for your needs, and provide you with a competitive quote.  We are confident that an Edwards Fiberglass septic tank is the perfect solution for your home wastewater treatment needs.

Additional considerations for septic tank owners

Here are some important things to keep in mind as a septic tank owner:

  • Regular maintenance: Your septic tank needs to be pumped every 3-5 years to remove accumulated sludge and scum. This helps to maintain the tank's efficiency and prevent backups.

  • Don't abuse your septic system!: Avoid pouring harsh chemicals, grease, or excessive amounts of food scraps down the drain. These materials can damage your septic system and lead to costly repairs.

  • Be mindful of what you flush: Only flush toilet paper and human waste. Avoid flushing foreign objects or non-biodegradable materials, which can clog your drainfield.

Taking the Next Step

If you're looking for a reliable, long-lasting septic tank solution, contact Edwards Fiberglass today.  We're happy to answer your questions, discuss your specific needs, and provide you with a free quote.  Let us help you ensure your home's wastewater system functions smoothly and efficiently for years to come.

Remember, a well-maintained septic system is an essential part of a healthy home and a healthy environment.  Don't hesitate to reach out to Edwards Fiberglass – we're here to guide you through the murky depths of septic systems!

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At Edwards Fiberglass, Inc., you won’t only find what you need; you’ll get the best quality at a fair price. With years of experience in the industry, we have the expertise to thoroughly and efficiently serve our customers to ensure they’re never disappointed.

Whether you’re a one-time buyer or looking to buy in bulk, you can count on us to provide great products and excellent service, every step of the way.

Edwards Fiberglass, Inc.

1415 E Boonville St, Sedalia, MO 65301, USA

Ph: (660) 826-3915 | Fax: (660) 827-2793

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