101 West Des Moines, IA Septic Tanks and Systems

Is the grass always greener over the septic tank? You might want to ask your Iowa septic tanks and systems expert. More 
LEAKY PIPES PLUMBING (515) 371-5244
IA, 50265
RAPID ROOTER (515) 276-5133
IA, 50322
5 miles from West Des Moines
IA, 50323
6 miles from West Des Moines
IA, 50323
6 miles from West Des Moines
IA, 50111
6 miles from West Des Moines
IA, 50315
7 miles from West Des Moines
Rapid Rooter (515) 276-5133
IA, 50315
7 miles from West Des Moines
IA, 50307
7 miles from West Des Moines
IA, 50307
7 miles from West Des Moines
IA, 50263
8 miles from West Des Moines
IA, 50307
8 miles from West Des Moines
IA, 50307
8 miles from West Des Moines
EARL'S SANITATION (515) 577-9971
IA, 50307
8 miles from West Des Moines
IA, 50307
8 miles from West Des Moines
IA, 50307
8 miles from West Des Moines
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If you are building a West Des Moines, IA home that isn’t near a sewer system hookup, you’ll want to hire an excavation company that specializes in septic system design and installation.

How Do Septic Tank Systems Work?


A large concrete or steel septic tank can hold up to 1,000 gallons of water. Wastewater comes down into the tank on one side from your West Des Moines, IA home’s sewage pipes and leaves the tank on the other side. Gases go up through a vent pipe through the roof of the house. Wastewater flows out of the septic tank and into a drain field made of perforated pipes, deeply buried and covered in gravel-filled trenches.

The drain field tends to be about 6 feet deep and 2 feet wide. Ultimately, the size of the drain field depends on how well the soil absorbs water, with slow-absorbing soil requiring a larger drain field. About 3 feet of gravel covers the drain pipes, with dirt filling the remainder.

Installing a septic tank system is best left to a licensed advanced wastewater treatment system installer, who can anticipate what size drain field your West Des Moines, IA system will need. Whether you’re working on a new build or a remodel, make sure your septic expert and installer openly communicates with your contractor or builder.

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