NH Precast Concrete Septic Tanks

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Precast Concrete Septic Tanks For Sale Since 1963

AJFoss logo stamped on septic tank.

NH septic tanks have been manufactured, sold and installed by our family-owned business for more than five decades.

Local Expertise and Comprehensive Solutions

Plumbers and area septic system designers around New Hampshire depend on A.J. Foss as one of the first precast concrete manufacturers in the region. Our team is proud that our family of loyal customers has grown to include residential and commercial neighbors in Maine and northern Massachusetts.

We live and work among the customers we serve. The people we serve range from home and property owners to plumbing and waste water system professionals such as engineers, designers, general contractors, and construction managers.  More than a job, we provide information, services, and answers to questions to ensure the success of each and every project.

Our team welcomes the opportunity to service clients by applying our vast knowledge of precast concrete septic tank construction, installation and maintenance.  For septic waste water systems’ plumbing needs such as drains, pipes and septic tanks, we can solve your unique project challenges with our prompt attention and consistent support.

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    Premium Precast Concrete Septic Tanks: Durable, Water-Tight, and Eco-Friendly Solutions

    Our durable, water tight, easy to install precast concrete septic tanks provide a dependable and environmentally-friendly, “green” component to your septic system. Each customizable septic tank is crafted with high-quality 5,000 psi concrete that we regularly test using ASTM C31 and C39 quality testing guidelines.

    Our Type III high early strength cement is tested each month to ensure that it complies with ASTM Standard C 150 and AASHTO M 85 requirements. Each tank also meets the pertinent requirements of ASTM C 1227 for concrete strength, reinforcement, size, capacity, water-tightness, and identification with the A.J. Foss logo.

    Our team is proud to be a long time member of the National Precast Concrete Association, precast.org. Read on, to learn more about our process and commitment to providing you with an excellent experience.

    Septic Tank Sizes And Prices, Bedroom Count and Dimensions

    Septic tank sizes and prices vary depending on size needed, number of compartments and traffic rating. A list of our popular septic tank sizes and prices follows.

    Polylok pan poured cover into tank.
    Septic Tank SizeBedroom Count Supported in New HampshirePre-assembledIdeal for High Water TableAverage Retail CostTank Dimensions
    L x W x H
    Single Compartment Tank Description
    750 GallonUsed as a pump station or to add capacity to existing systemYesNo$1,225.008' x 5'8" x 4'
    1000 Gallon(Formerly 2)
    Now used as a pump station or adding to an existing system
    8' x 5'8" x 5'2"
    1000 Gallon Mono(Formerly 2)
    Now used as a pump station or adding to an existing system
    8' x 5'8" x 5'2"
    1250 GallonUp to 4 - Minimum size now requiredYesNo$1,582.50
    8' x 5'8" x 6'
    1250 Gallon MonoUp to 4 - Minimum size now requiredYesYes$1,582.508' x 5'8" x 6'
    1250 Gallon Short MonoUp to 4 - Minimum size now requiredYesYes$1,737.5010'10" x 5'7" x 5'1''
    1500 Gallon Mono5YesYes$1,937.50
    10'10 x 5'7" x 5'8"
    1600 Gallon5YesNo$1,937.50
    10' x 6'4" x 5'8"
    1600 Gallon Mono5YesYes$2,000.00
    12'4" x 6'6" x 5'1"
    2000 Gallon6 or 7NoNo$2,575.00
    12' x 6'6" x 5'8"
    2000 Gallon Mono6 or 7NoYes$2,835.00
    12'4" x 6'6" x 6'
    2500 Gallon8-9NoNo$2,865.00 12' x 6'6" x 6'8"
    3000 Gallon10NoNo$3,605.00 14'3" x 7' x 6'4"
    3500 GallonCommercial - see NH DES Env.-Wq 1010.02 spec. for sizingNoNo$4,025.00
    14'3" x 7' x 7'2"
    Septic Tank SizeBedroom Count Supported in New HampshirePre-assembledIdeal for High Water TableAverage Retail CostTank Dimensions
    Double Compartment Tank Description
    500 - 500 GallonUsed as a pump station or to add capacity to existing systemYesNo$1,620.00
    8’ x 5’4” x 5'8"
    1025 - 275 GallonUp to 4 - Minimum size now requiredYesNo$2,000.00
    10’ x 6’4” x 5'
    1100 – 500 Gallon5YesNo$2,156.2510’ x 6’4" x 5’9”
    1250 – 300 Gallon5NoNo$2,575.0014’3" x 7’ x 4'
    1250 - 350 Gallon5YesNo$2,156.2510’ x 6’4" x 5'9"
    1250 - 350 Gallon Monolithic5YesYes$2,325.0012’4" x 6’6" x 5'1"
    1250 - 500 Gallon6YesNo$2,425.00
    10’ x 7’ x 5'8"
    1500 - 500 Gallon Monolithic6 or 7NoYes$3,090.00
    12’4" x 6’6" x 6'
    1600 – 400 Gallon6 or 7NoNo$2,930.0014’3” x 7’ x 4'10"
    2000 –500 Gallon8 or 9NoNo$3,220.0014’3" x 7’ x 5'7"
    2639 – 464 Gallon10NoNo$3,510.0014’3" x 7’ x 6'7"
    3094 – 544 GallonCommercial - see NH DES Env-Wq 1010.02 spec.for sizingNoNo$4,220.0014’3" x 7’ x 7'2"
    Above may change if 2nd compartment is used as a pump chamber
    Septic Tank SizeBedroom Count Supported in New HampshirePre-assembledIdeal for High Water TableAverage Retail CostTank Dimensions
    Triple Compartment
    1250 – 350 – 500 GallonUp to 5NoNo$2,962.5015’ x 6’6" x 5'
    1332 – 668 – 500 GallonUp to 7NoNo$3,385.0014’3" x 7’ x 5'7"
    Septic Tank SizeBedroom Count Supported in New HampshirePre-assembledIdeal for High Water TableAverage Retail CostTank Dimensions
    Single Compartment H20 Traffic Rated
    1000 Gallon H20Used as a pump station or to add capacity to existing systemYesNo$2,575.00
    8'6" x 6'2" x 5’7"
    1250 Gallon H20Up to 4 - Minimum size now requiredYesNo$2,960.008'6"x 6'2" x 6’7”
    1500 Gallon H205YesNo$3,475.0010'x 6'4" x 6’
    1500 Gallon Short H205NoNo$3,862.5014’3" x 7’ x 4’10”
    1600 Gallon Mono H205YesYes$3,987.5012’4" x 6'6" x 5’6”
    2000 Gallon Mono H206 or 7NoYes$4,475.0012’4" x 6'6" x 6’4”
    2000 Gallon H206 or 7NoNo$4,315.0014’3" x 7’ x 5’8”
    2500 Gallon H208 or 9NoNo4,955.0014’3” x 7' x 6’6”
    3000 Gallon H2010NoNo$5,860.0014’3" x 7' x 7’3”
    3500 Gallon H20Commercial - see NH DES Env-Wq 1010.02 spec.for sizingNoNo$6,440.00
    14’3" x 7’ x 8’
    4000 Gallon H20Commercial - see NH DES Env-Wq 1010.02 spec.for sizingNoNo$7,405.0017’6" x 8' x 6’10”
    4500 Gallon H20Commercial - see NH DES Env-Wq 1010.02 spec.for sizingNoNo$7,920.0017’6" x 8' x 7’5”
    5000 Gallon H20Commercial - see NH DES Env-Wq 1010.02 spec.for sizingNoNo$8,660.00
    17’6" x 8' x 8’
    Septic Tank SizeBedroom Count Supported in New HampshirePre-assembledIdeal for High Water TableAverage Retail CostTank Dimensions
    Double Compartment H20 Traffic Rated
    500 - 500 Gallon H20Used as a pump station or to add capacity to existing systemYesNo$2,575.008’6" x 6’2" x 5’7”
    1000 - 250 Gallon H20Up to 4 - Minimum size now requiredYesNo$3,155.00
    8’6" x 6’2" x 6’7”
    1100 - 500 Gallon H205YesNo$3,475.0010’ x 6’4" x 6’
    1250 - 350 Gallon Mono H205NoYes$4,087.5012’4” x 6’6" x 5’6”
    1365 - 235 Gallon H205NoNo$3,862.5014’3" x 7’ x 4’10"
    1500 - 500 Gallon Mono H206 or 7NoYes$4,752.0012’4" x 6’6" x 6’4”
    1729 - 304 Gallon H206 or 7NoNo$4,315.0014’3" x 7’ x 5’8”
    2184 - 384 Gallon H208 or 9NoNo$4,955.0014’3" x 7’ x 6’6"
    2639 - 464 Gallon H2010NoNo$5,860.0014’3" x 7’ x 7’3"
    3094 - 544 Gallon H20Commercial - see NH DES Env-Wq 1010.02 spec.for sizingNoNo$6,440.0014’3" x 7’ x 8’
    Above may change if 2nd compartment is used as a pump chamber
    New Hampshire Specific - Every state has their own calculations to determine sizing -

    Concrete Septic Tank Frequently Asked Questions

    How much does a concrete septic tank cost?

    Answer: See the table we have on this page but a precast concrete septic tank cost is typically between $1.10 to $1.85 per gallon.  Whether the tank is traffic-rated (H20) or pedestrian rated is a huge factor in cost. The additional engineering, steel re-enforcement, concrete thickness, and equipment to handle the additional weight and size contributes to the extra cost of H20.

    How long do concrete septic tanks last?

    Answer: It depends on what it is made of. Typically tanks are made out of fiberglass, plastic, metal, or concrete. Concrete lasts the longest. A well made concrete tank can last 40+ years.

    Are cement septic tanks the same as precast concrete tanks?

    Answer: Cement septic tanks are not a thing.  People often confuse cement with concrete.  Cement is an ingredient of concrete.  Cement, made from hydraulic lime, along with a mixture of aggregates, is how concrete is made.

    What kind of septic tank concrete do we use?

    Our septic tank concrete is a high-quality 5,000 psi concrete that is inspected and tested regularly to meet ASTM C31 and C39 quality standards.

    What is the average septic tank size?

    Answer: In New Hampshire a 1250 gallon septic tank is the most common.  It can service up to a 4 bedroom house. A 1000 gallon tank was quite common until NH DES changed the septic tank rules in 2012. The rule is you start with a 1250 gallon up to 4 bedrooms and then add 250 gallons per bedroom up to a 10 bedroom house. After that you have to follow a different guideline to determine the size of your septic tank.

    What is a septic tank made of?

    Answer: Tanks can be made out of steel, fiberglass, plastic, or concrete.  Plastic tanks are limited in sizes, cost more and have buoyancy issues.  Whereas fiberglass and steel tanks and prone to leaks and corrosion problems.  Concrete septic tanks provide more options, cost less, are more durable and last longer.

    What is a holding tank?

    Answer: It is similar to a septic tank but instead of the effluent leaving through an outlet pipe and going to a leach field (drain field)  the liquid stays inside the tank and needs to be pumped out as it is filled. Is commonly used around waterfront properties in New Hampshire, especially generational family cottages.  But as the properties go onto the real estate market potential new buyers are hesitant on purchasing without having an actual leach field installed on the property.  Holding tanks can limit the selling price of a property. An alternative septic system that would greatly decrease the leach field size required in that area would be beneficial and sometimes the only option to have in small lot waterfront properties.

    Will a concrete tank float?

    Answer: A concrete tank has a specific gravity of 2.4, making it the best to resist buoyant forces out of other septic tank material.  So once it is back filled you should never see it “float”.  It can float in extreme circumstances when it is not yet back filled and the tank hole is allowed to fill with water.  A preventive measure to eliminate this is to put water into the tank if it is going to stay exposed for a period of time.

    How many lids does a septic tank have?

    It depends on how many compartments the tank has. The state of New Hampshire requires a cover over every baffle tee inside of a septic tank. So a single compartment tank has 2 covers, one over the inlet baffle and one over the outlet baffle. A two compartment tank has 3 covers, one over the inlet baffle, the middle baffle, and then the outlet baffle. A three compartment has 4 covers, one over the inlet baffle, one over the baffle going into the second compartment, one over the third compartment baffle, and one over the outlet baffle.

    What sizes do concrete septic tanks come in?

    Standard tank sizes are 1000 gallon, 1250 gallon, and 1500 gallons nationwide. In New Hampshire 1250 gallons is by far the most common tank that goes into the ground.  For two compartment tanks the most common is a 1250/350 gallon tank - the 1st compartment being 1250 gallons and the second having 350 gallons, equaling 1600 gallons total.  This combination is used in gravity fed and pump up installations.  It allows the solids to settle to the bottom of the 1st compartment so that you have cleaner water going out to your leach field, increasing the life expectancy of your system.

    How do I determine the size of my septic tank?

    Most tanks are rectangular in shape so you take the interior length x width in inches / 231 = gallons per inch of septic tank depth. Multiply this number by septic tank depth (from bottom of inside of tank to the bottom of outlet pipe) in inches to get capacity in gallons. If you have only the outside dimensions figure the tank’s walls to be 3” thick to give you a good estimate of capacity.

    Can you put a septic tank under a driveway?

    Only if it is traffic rated (H20).  Meaning it has been designed by an engineer for your local precast concrete company and they make it to his specifications. The tank is typically thicker and has a significant amount of rebar re-enforcement in strategic areas to handle the increased stress load of traffic going over it (not just cars, but oil trucks, propane trucks, plow trucks, etc.)

    The Role of a Septic Tank

    A key component of your plumbing system, a septic tank is a single or multi-compartment holding chamber that collects wastewater (septic influent) from drains and toilets. The natural biochemical treatment of solid and liquid influent begins in the treatment chamber, and liquid sewage (effluent) is discharged to a drain field (also called a leach field or effluent dispersal area) covered by soil, below the surface of your yard.

    In the tank, heavy solids settle on the bottom, while light materials such as oils, greases and fats float to the surface. Lighter solids, such as laundry lint and hair, also float near the surface.

    Anaerobic Versus Aerobic Septic Systems

    Anaerobic septic systems do not use oxygen to treat wastewater, so 30 to 40 percent of the treatment happens inside the tank, while 60 to 70 percent happens in the effluent dispersal area that serves as the drain field or leach field. This process requires a larger leach field footprint than aerobic systems. Anaerobic systems do not require electricity or service on mechanical components, yet the anaerobic chambers must be professionally pumped out every 3 to 4 years. This type of system typically costs less to purchase, install and maintain than an aerobic system – ranging from $6,000 to $12,000, depending on where you live.

    Aerobic systems use oxygen to treat wastewater. Aerobic bacteria consume more organic solids in septic tanks than anaerobic bacteria do.  Up to 90 percent of the treatment happens in an advanced treatment septic tank, while approximately 10 percent happens in the drain field effluent dispersal area. This process reduces the leach field size requirement by 50 percent or more, since the effluent that leaves an aerobic tank is much cleaner. Aerobic systems, such as Singulair by Norweco, require electricity and servicing of mechanical parts such as the aerator that aids aerobic digestion. This type of system typically costs more to purchase and maintain than an anaerobic system – ranging from $10,000 - $20,000 depending on where you live – but it’s a worthwhile investment for homes near water bodies or with small lots that require smaller leach fields.

    To learn more about our aerobic septic systems for sale visit our Norweco Wastewater Treatment Systems page.

    Septic Tank Design and Structure

    A quality septic tank is manufactured with concrete, fiberglass and steel rebar, is located underground, and ranges in size from 500 gallons for small septic systems to thousands of gallons for larger systems.

    The most common septic tank size range is 1,000 to 1,500 gallons for a typical residential septic system.

    A septic tank design can include a single treatment chamber, or multiple treatment chambers, depending on the system requirements. The treatment chamber has one inlet for septic influent, and the final chamber has one outlet, positioned lower than the inlet to enable the one-way flow of septic effluent out to the leach field soil treatment area.

    A.J. Foss offers the option to install a plastic riser and aesthetically-pleasing dark green cover to bring the tank to grade level to create a watertight connection from the top of the tank to ground level, thus mitigating any ground water infiltration.

    Below, we discuss the materials used to build quality septic chambers, and factors that influence the structural integrity of a precast concrete tank, as well as weight load designs, and the manufacturing requirements for septic tanks as mandated by the State of New Hampshire.

    Materials Used to Build Quality Precast Septic Tanks

    Septic tank rebar

    The three main materials used to build quality precast concrete septic tanks include:

    • Concrete - 5,000 psi
    • Fibers - used for secondary reinforcement and crack control
    • Steel Reinforcing Bar (Rebar) - used to increase tensile strength. Rebar has a much higher tensile strength than concrete, so the two products complement each other when used together.

    Components of Concrete

    In its simplest form, concrete is a mixture of paste and aggregates, or rocks. The paste, composed of cement and water, coats the surface of the fine (small) and coarse (larger) aggregates. Through a chemical reaction called hydration, the paste hardens and gains strength to form the rock-like mass known as concrete.
    Source: Cement.org

    The components of concrete include air, water, and four other materials: Cements , supplementary cementing materials , aggregates , and chemical ad mixtures.

    Factors That Influence the Structural Integrity of Precast Concrete Products:

    • Grade of steel ( Grade 40 yields a min. 40,000 lbs. / sq. in . ; Grade 60 yields min. 60,000 lbs /sq. in. )
    • Size and spacing of steel reinforcing bar (rebar sizes #3, #4, #5 , and #6)
    • Location of steel in concrete (in the top, bottom, and walls)

    Why Steel Rebar Spacing is Critical

    Concrete has high compression strength, but low tensile strength. Proper integration of steel reinforcing bar (rebar) into a concrete structure improves its tensile strength, enabling it to withstand tension in areas where compression occurs the most. A structure’s design specifies where the steel rebar should be placed to improve strength and ensure that the concrete will not crack or fail. Rebar may be specified every 8 inches or every 18 inches, depending on the load design, and is typically specified the most in the bottom third of the tank cover where the tension is greatest.

    Compressive Versus Tensile Strength

    Steel reinforcing bar (rebar) helps concrete products withstand the load of tension (pressure). Rebar is placed where the concrete is forced to stretch or bend under load, since concrete can crack when torqued or twisted.

    The compressive strength of 5,000 psi concrete means it can handle a load of 5,000 lbs. of compressive force, or squeeze, for every square inch of surface area. Concrete’s compressive strength is ten times greater than its tensile strength, however, so concrete with a compressive strength of 5,000 psi only has a tensile strength of 500 psi. It ultimately takes 10 times the weight, or force, to crush concrete than it does to pull it apart.

    Cracked, inferior septic tank
    This large septic tank failed because the reinforcing bar was set at 48-inches apart, instead of the optimal 8-inches on center. It’s important to know how a tank is constructed, and not simply shop for best price, as illustrated by the failure of this poorly-constructed, inexpensive tank that cost the homeowner more money, time and frustration.

    H-10, HD, & H-20, and HS-20 Structural Load Designs

    Precast concrete tanks designed for H-10 structural loading are for non-traffic use. They are designed for 3-ft. of earth cover plus 300 lbs. per square foot of live load. Most tanks fall into this category.

    The HD versions of our tanks are for non-vehicular traffic, but are designed for 5’ of earth cover plus 300 lbs. per square foot of live load.

    Often a precast concrete septic tank must be installed below a vehicular traffic area, requiring an H-20 or HS-20 traffic-rated loading. A.J. Foss manufactures precast concrete septic tanks designed to handle H-20 and HS-20 loading.

    Each traffic-rated precast concrete tank is manufactured with our high-quality 5,000 psi concrete using Type III cement, as well as thicker side walls, bottom and top slabs to meet loading requirements.

    Septic tanks designed to handle traffic-rated loads have thicker side walls and bottom and top slabs, and require specialized equipment to handle their additional weight.

    H-20 Loading is defined by the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) as a vehicle load with an 8,000 pound front axle and one rear axle weighing 32,000 pounds representing a 16,000 pound wheel load.

    HS-20 loading is defined as a vehicle load with an 8,000 pound front axle and two rear axles weighing 32,000 pounds each representing two 16,000 pound wheel loads.

    For each traffic-rated precast concrete tank that A.J. Foss builds, we provide our clients with a diagram and documentation of the tank’s design and testing to verify that the structure can withstand HS-20 loading. This assures clients that our precast concrete tanks are designed and built to exact specifications, using the proper rebar size, grade, lengths, bends, and placement to ensure successful performance.

    State of NH Septic Tank Manufacturing Requirements

    Some of the key points specified in the State of New Hampshire’s Code of Administrative Rules are listed below. These design parameters apply to all types of septic tanks in New Hampshire, whether manufactured with precast concrete, fiberglass, or steel.

    Env-Wq 1010.06 - Septic Tank Design Requirements

    • The outlet of a septic tank shall be at least 2 inches but not more than 4 inches below the inlet to the septic tank.
    • Any septic tank made of concrete shall be certified by its manufacturer or distributer as meeting or exceeding the following design strength requirements:
      • If the septic tank will not be subjected to vehicular traffic and the top of the septic tank will be 3 feet or less below finished grade, the septic tank shall be designed for a minimum live load at the surface of 300 pounds per square foot plus the weight of 3 feet of unsaturated earth;
      • If the septic tank will not be subjected to vehicular traffic and the top of the septic tank will be more than 3 feet but 6 feet or less below finished grade, the septic tank shall be designed for a minimum live load at the surface of 300 pounds per square foot plus the weight of 6 feet of unsaturated earth;
      • If the septic tank will be subjected to vehicular traffic or if the top of the septic tank will be more than 6 feet below finished grade, the septic tank shall be designed to meet AASHTO H-20 specifications or better; and
      • The minimum compressive strength for the concrete shall be 4,000 pounds per square inch at 28 days.
    • Any precast concrete septic tank shall be certified by its manufacturer or distributer as meeting the applicable requirements of ASTM C1227.
    • Any septic tank fabricated from material other than concrete shall be certified by its manufacturer or distributer as being designed for loads that are equivalent to those specified in (b)(1)-(4), above.

    Env-Wq 1010.07 Inlet and Outlet Baffles

    Each septic tank shall have an inlet baffle and an outlet baffle that are:

    1. Plumb and level;
    2. Solvent welded/glued and secured to the inlet pipe or outlet pipe, as applicable, using stainless steel screws; and
    3. Plastic vented tees that extend above the liquid line to not less than one inch from the interior of the top of the septic tank or cover

    Not All Concrete Septic Tanks Are Created Equal

    Similar to a mattress, you cannot see inside a precast concrete septic tank, so it’s critical to know how your tank is manufactured. All A.J. Foss precast concrete products conform to ASTM C31 and C39 quality testing guidelines.

    Wise contractors, designers, and homeowners understand the ultimate negative impact of sacrificing quality for cost or speed, and they all benefit from the A.J. Foss team’s commitment to efficiently providing quality products at fair prices.

    Comparison of Precast Concrete Septic Tank Features, Safety, and Value

    High-quality 5,000 PSI ConcreteYesNo
    Reinforcing Bar Built into Every Tank, Whether or Not it is H-20 RatedYesNo or Not Always
    Traffic Rated H-20 Tanks Include Engineered DrawingsYesNo or Optional
    Reinforcing Fiber Built into Every TankYesNot Always
    Same or Next Day DeliveryYesNo
    1-hour Delivery WindowYesNo
    Advanced Treatment Unit (ATU) Supplied Norweco UnitsYesNo
    In Stock Tank SelectionYesNot in Busy Season
    Optional Built-in Plastic Risers (A.J. Foss was First in NH to offer this)YesSometimes
    Compliant with ASTM C-1237YesNo
    Follows NPCA’S Best Practices Manual for Quality Concrete ManufacturingYesNo

    Differences Between Monolithic and Mid-Seam Tanks

    Monolithic precast concrete septic tank.
    Monolithic precast concrete septic tank

    A monolithic precast concrete tank is built with the sides and bottom poured as one U-shaped piece, and a cover is added to the top. The tank cover can be manufactured with a lip to help it stay fastened to the top of the tank. A.J. Foss is one of the few manufacturers that offers a lipped cover.

    Also called a top seam tank, a monolithic tank is ideal for high water table locations because the joint (or seam) that connects the two pieces together is at the very top of the structure, where the water table typically doesn’t reach. If for any reason the tank is not completely watertight, the water level will not get high enough to cause water to leak into or out of the tank. Depending on the tank-size, the water level inside the tank is usually around 12 inches below the top of the tank.

    Mid-seam precast concrete septic tank
    Mid-seam precast concrete septic tank

    A mid-seam precast concrete tank is designed with a joint (or seam) in the middle. The top and sides are poured in one u-shaped piece, and the bottom and sides are poured in another u-shaped piece. This allows for optimal distribution of tension and weight throughout the tank.

    On a mid-seam tank, the water level can reach the middle seam, and if it is not watertight, water can leak into or out of the tank if it is not properly sealed according to NPCA Best Practice Guidelines. Tanks designed for larger than 2,000 gallons are usually casted in multiple pieces designed to be stacked and sealed together with a butyl product to create a watertight seam.

    The Benefits of Precast Concrete Septic Tanks

    Why Contractors and Septic System Designers Choose A.J. Foss Precast Concrete Septic Tanks

    For more than five decades, A.J. Foss has been known as The Signature of Quality Precast because we consistently manufacture, install, and service quality precast concrete products at fair prices.

    We are proud to be one of the oldest members of the National Precast Concrete Association, precast.org.

    12 Reasons Why Contractors & Septic System Designers Choose A.J. Foss Precast Concrete Septic Tanks

    Easy Access to Drawings
    All product drawings are maintained in Autocad or PDF format, for ease of reference.

    In-Stock, Ready to Install Products
    In-stock products eliminates wait times, once the contractor is ready to install.

    Several Traffic Rated Tank Loading Types
    Enables designers to specify H-10, Heavy Duty (car or truck), or H-20 loading

    Large Septic Tank Selection and Sizes
    Choose from single compartment, two- and three-compartment tanks, in-stock and ready for delivery

    We can Pre-package the Pumps that Designers Specify for Contractors
    We pride ourselves on our ability to support designers in specifying the appropriate pump and accessories for their projects. We can also do rail systems, which are a cost-effective method versus engaging a third-party, post-installation, to try to install a rail system.

    We Offer Built-in Plastic Risers to Keep the Septic Tank Watertight From the Top Down
    You can have a lot of infiltration through the concrete covers because they can’t be watertight. This is the reason to specify your tank with plastic built-in and A.J. Foss was the first to offer it to our customers

    We Offer an In-stock ATU (Advanced Treatment Unit) for Use with the Norweco Singulair System
    To accommodate small lots, waterfront properties, and nitrogen-reduction areas, A.J. Foss offers NSF 40 & 245 certified in-stock Advanced Treatment Units (ATUs) at very competitive prices. For example, a system for a 4-bedroom home would cost approximately $6,750. This includes the pre-treatment and treatment all in one tank, up to 5 bedrooms, then just a small tank in front as you go to 6-8 bedrooms.  Norweco Article

    Flexibility of Design
    We provide flexibility of design, enabling designers to plan for effluent leaving the tank from the side or end of the tank (3 inlets, 3 outlets)

    Ease of Service
    We provide 24-inch diameter access points for servicing or pumping of the tank

    We Supply a “Guide for Caring for Your Septic System”
    With every tank we sell, we strive to educate homeowners on how their system works, and best practices for increasing its life. This EPA-produced guide is a great starting point.

    We Install Tanks in One Piece, Up to 1750 Gallons
    Our one-piece installation takes half of the time it would take to install in two pieces. The tank is assembled at the plant prior to delivery, which eliminates the need to place the bottom piece of the tank into the ground, then seal the seam (joint) with butyl rubber, then set the top piece on top of it. This saves valuable time for contractors, by eliminating the wait for the required 50% compression of the joint before backfilling the tank.

    Our Famous One Hour Delivery Window
    Choose your delivery time – same day or next – and we will work to be there within the one-hour delivery window, to keep your project moving forward.

    Large In-Stock Selection of Precast Concrete Septic Tanks

    A.J. Foss is your go-to resource for precast concrete septic tanks, with 20 acres of in-stock products ready for rapid delivery throughout New Hampshire, Maine and northern Massachusetts. We offer the area’s largest selection of in-stock residential septic tanks up to 3,500 gallons, and can often deliver on the same day you order – with our renowned one-hour delivery window – to support your project sequencing and maximize your productivity.

    Popular Precast Septic Tank Sizes & Features

    Our non-traffic rated precast concrete septic tank sizes range from to 300 to 3,500 gallons. Our traffic-rated precast concrete septic tank sizes range from 600 to 8,000 gallons. Choose from Single CompartmentTwo Compartment, and Three Compartment tanks. Custom tanks are also available.

    Click here for our Quick Reference Precast Tank Dimension Guide.

    Top 13 Precast Concrete Septic Tank Sizes and Features

    A.J. Foss Delivers Know-How With Each Product

    We pride ourselves on providing clients with detailed information about the design, installation and care of our A.J. Foss-crafted precast concrete septic tank.

    With every delivery, we supply clients with a colored folder that includes:

    • diagram of their new precast concrete septic tank, including the size, structural load design (H-10, H-20, or HS-20) and the access-cover size and its location on the tank. These details are important for the long term, so if the tank ever needs to be pumped out or if a pump inside the tank ever fails, that information will help to streamline servicing and maintenance.
    • Septic Smart brochure - A homeowner’s guide to use and care of their septic system.
    • Information about the benefits of concrete, and our A.J. Foss contact information for reference.

    Clients can also be assured that we maintain internal records for each size of traffic-rated tank that we sell, including in-depth drawings that detail rebar placement, calculated stress loads, and more.

    Septic Tank Sizing Tools for Builders, Designers and Contractors

    To ensure that builders, designers, and contractors specify the proper tank size and install to the proper dimensions, we provide these professionals with our proprietary in-house designed A.J. Foss Septic Tank Size Guide. This valuable tool enables a user to slide up or down on the size-chart to locate the values that correspond to a particular A.J. Foss tank size. This weather-resistant chart is designed to be easy for contractors to leave in their trucks and equipment, so when they need to dig a hole, there is easy access to the dimension chart.

    A.J. Foss also supports design professionals by providing these tools for all precast products:

    • A USB drive that contains the product’s drawing files in AutoCAD and PDF formats
    • A Pump Station package that details system dimensions, features, control panel and components (for multi-compartment tanks as well) See an example
    Concrete Septic Tank Components, Add-ons and Accessories
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