If the site conditions are so poor that neither a conventional or alternative technology septic system can be installed, then a holding tank is the only viable option. A holding tank is a steel, water tight, tank, without any outlet. The typical size, for a private residence, varies from 2000 to 4000 gallons. All of the wastewater generated from the home goes into this tank, and once it is full it must be pumped out. As a result, it’s really important to have regular pumpings scheduled to ensure you don’t ever experience an overflow. The system is equipped with a high water alarm, audible in the house, to notify the residents when the tank is full. However, it’s better to have the tank pumped prior to when the alarm goes off. The cost of installing a holding tank varies depending on the site conditions. Although it is significantly less expensive to install than an alternative technology system, it typically costs more to operate. Depending on water useage, the tank will have to be pumped up to several times a month. As a result, you may want to consider installing a septic system. A septic system is easier to maintain and involves much less maintenance. However, we understand that in some situations a holding tank is the only option. Give us a call to perform a review of your property to find out if you have other options. If you would like to have your holding tank maintained or would like to have it replaced with a septic tank, give Affordable Pumping Services a call! We have decades of experience with both systems and would be happy to discuss maintenance options. Also, if another company has already told you a holding tank is your only option, contact us to get a second opinion!