Can I Have a Septic Tank Without a Leach Field?

July 04 2021

Can I Have a Septic Tank Without a Leach Field?

If you live off the grid or in a rural area with no access to a centralized sewer system, then you probably know about the septic system. This on-site waste treatment facility is a simple system with great benefits. Sadly, the septic system takes up a significant amount of real estate. This has some people asking whether they can have a septic tank without a leach field. The folks at Septic Blue have years of experience installing, replacing, repairing, and maintaining septic systems. We are happy to offer some of our thoughts on this topic. If you have any particular questions or concerns, or if you would like to hire a septic technician, then call Septic Blue to speak with a live representative.

Quick Review of the Septic System

Before we get to space-saving options, let’s go over the septic system. A septic system is an underground wastewater treatment structure common in areas without centralized sewer systems. These systems use a combination of natural processes and chemical reactions to treat wastewater from your household plumbing. A typical septic system consists of a septic tank and a drain field, or leach field.
The pipes in your household plumbing lead solid waste and wastewater to your septic tank where they separate into three layers. The top layer of scum and oil floats, the middle layer of wastewater is readily ejected out of the outlet pipes toward the leach field, and the bottom layer of solid waste is broken down into sludge by bacteria and chemicals in the septic tank.
The sludge in the septic tank builds up until it needs to be removed with a septic cleaning. Meanwhile, the wastewater is treated by percolating through the leach field. There are many types of leach fields, but they all have one task: treat the wastewater. In essence, wastewater is treated as it percolates through the soil.

Septic System without A Leach Field

You can probably guess, now, that a septic system is incomplete without a leach field. With only a septic tank, you can find yourself needing to empty the tank almost monthly! That is because the leach field is responsible for safely getting rid of the wastewater. Though you can not have a septic system without a leach field, you do have options when it comes to choosing the type of septic system installation.
The following list is not all-inclusive, but does include the common types of septic systems:

  • Conventional System
  • Chamber System
  • Drip Distribution System
  • Aerobic Treatment Unit
  • Mound System
  • Recirculating Sand Filter System
  • Evapotranspiration System
  • Constructed Wetland System

As you can see, there are many choices. We did not go into detail here, but we are happy to provide consultations on your options over the phone.

Call Septic Blue

Septic Blue is proud to be a local septic service provider. We have you covered when you need septic system cleaning, installations, replacements, repairs, and maintenance. Our staff are on standby if you ever need emergency septic service.