WHAT IS THAT ?
Most everyone has heard of Conventional Systems & Aerobic Systems, especially living in Texas. But have you ever heard of a Low-Pressure Dose (LPD) system?
A Low-Pressure Dose system is one that is confusing for a lot of people but is a really useful system that has a lot of versatility.
Basically, what a LPD system does, is act as a kind of hybrid between a conventional and an aerobic system. It is designed to treat your wastewater like a conventional but uses a pump to distribute wastewater several times a day, in a systematic manner, similar to an aerobic system.
Sounds simple, right? Well, that’s because it is actually pretty straightforward.
PROS of an LPD System
- LPD’s have an alarm system. Now why is this a pro? Well, its simple. It lets you know if something isn’t quite right & needs to be addressed. Think of a pump alarm like a check engine light – you may not know what it means, but you at least know you need to keep an eye on it and get it checked.
- An LPD system can be installed on a variety of property types. An LPD system can be used in clay soils and relatively shallow soils. Why does this matter? Well, it allows for versatility of where this type of system can be installed. This type of system can even be designed and installed to work on sloping sites.
- LPD systems afford reliability. Of the nonstandard drain fields, it is GENERALLY the least expensive to install and operate. Now this isn’t always the case, but it is always a pro if you can save some money.
CONS of an LPD System
- LPD’s have an alarm system. Woah, woah. Now didn’t we list this as a pro? Yes. But the fact that an LPD system has an alarm means it can easily get confused with an aerobic system, and if you have a service representative who, well, doesn’t know what they are doing, this can cause a wrinkle in the maintenance of the system (Hence why it is ALWAYS important to ensure you get a RELIABLE & KNOWLEDGEABLE maintenance provider… not just the cheapest!).
- There are still regulations as to where it can be installed. LPD Systems cannot be installed in soils that become too saturated during wet periods of the year or in areas where the soil is too shallow.
LPD systems require electrical and mechanical parts that need electricity. This means that where you have your system installed has to have electricity to not only operate it but also requires a knowledgeable maintenance provider when a component breaks.