A property that has soil with poor percolation rate needs the help of a specialized septic system called the sand mound system. Many homeowners shy away from sand mound systems because it has always been known as a complicated system to maintain. The truth about the sand system is that it’s just like the next ordinary septic. You just have to do your part as a responsible homeowner. This means that you have to use your sand mound system the best way you can. You can be proactive by keeping groundwater away from your sand mound system by doing the following:
Remove any heavy structures and vehicles near and around your sand mound system. Their heavy weight will only crush the components of your sand mound system. As a result, the raw wastewater will leak out, backup, and overflow into your home and property.
Do not use harsh chemicals in cleaning. These chemical compounds kill the resident bacteria in the sand mound tank. Without bacteria, there won’t be any wastewater treatment at all. The solid waste materials will accumulate in the tank. The solid waste particles will enter the soil absorption area and the filters. Ultimately, the system is going to fail if the bacteria don’t perform their duty.
Do not dump grease and non-biodegradable materials into toilets, sinks, and drains. These won’t be degraded by the resident bacteria. They will just be stuck in the system and clog everything as well.
Relocate plants that have invasive roots such as trees. Their roots penetrate the sand mound and block the wastewater treatment process.
Have your sand mound tank regularly pumped out. This will eliminate the sludge so that there can have more space to treat wastewater. If you don’t adhere to the pump out schedule, the sludge will take over the system and this will cause the sand mound to fail.
Replace the construction fabric that lines the sand mound before winter. The construction fabric keeps the heat inside the system and maintains the quick metabolic rate of the resident bacteria. if the construction fabric is left deteriorated during winter, the sand mound system will fail and you will be left with an uninhabitable living space.
Perform these tasks well and you will prevent groundwater from becoming infiltrated and unsafe to consume. Part of your responsibility is to take care of the groundwater in your area. Since the sand mound system is a wastewater treatment system that needs to be contained. Keeping groundwater away from sand mound system needs dedication and discipline. In the United States, consumers make use of 79.6 gallons of fresh, clean groundwater every single day. The precious resource helps private water suppliers, public water suppliers, manufacturers, livestock raisers, and farmers. These companies have special wells that access the groundwater that flows in the water-holding soil and rock layer of the earth. Presently, there are 15.9 million wells are constructed in the US. Every year, 500,000 new water wells are built in various residences. Groundwater is a resource that is considered renewable. It is constantly replenished because of rainfall and it could also move to the surface to return to the atmosphere. To replenish groundwater in aquifers, time has to be considered. Areas where groundwater is accessed should be managed properly to separate the waste from polluting or contaminating the groundwater supply.
According to the NGWA, about 44 % of the American population relies on groundwater for drinking water, whether it’s from a public or private supplier. However, there are households who have their own groundwater wells. They take up majority of the groundwater shares in the country. Groundwater is valuable for everyday activities in the home and in surrounding areas. Your sand mound system should be well maintained so that the groundwater won’t contaminate it in any way. Keeping groundwater away from sand mound systems is an efficient way of maintaining health and sanitation. Consult your septic expert on how you can be an ideal sand mound owner and groundwater protector.