Why should I choose Alternative Onsite Solutions?
Currently we are the only company in Utah to become accredited with the National Environmental Health Association in advanced wastewater treatment. President Ben Witt is Level 3 Certified in wastewater design, is a licensed S-390 treatment system contractor, and has a degree in environmental science from BYU.
Expertise in State Code
State and County codes are constantly changing. We have participated on several rule revision committees and are actively involved in any proposed rule change on State and local levels. If something isn’t possible today but might be in the future you can be assured that we will be the first to know.
Decades of experience in every county in Utah
Our team has a combined 75+ years of experience in the field of septic systems. We have worked on projects in every single County in the State of Utah. Dealing with a wide diversity of projects all across the state helps us bring a variety of ideas to the table.
Focus on Maintenance
AOS does more State Certified maintenance than any other company in Utah. Maintaining and inspecting systems that are 10, 20, and 30 years old we understand how they work better than anyone else. Each system we install is designed so that it can be maintained, not just replaced.
Entirely focused on septic systems
By specializing in just septic systems we see hundreds of systems every year, and have a much deeper background of how they work than someone that just does a few here and there. We design them, install them, and maintain them. Working with septic systems all day every day we see the bigger picture of how they work in different areas and seasons, and how they work 5-30 years after they are installed. We have dealt with very large projects such as schools, National Parks, and a Kennecott Mine expansion. On a daily basis we deal with dozens of single family residential homes and cabins. When it comes to septic systems we have seen it all.
Specialized in getting even the most difficult properties approved
We have done several projects for sites with limited space, bedrock, shallow water table, close proximity to open water, river bank lots, steep slopes, expanding clays, soft sands, and every other problem in between. Working closely with local health departments we have found solutions for some of the most difficult properties in the state.
Our systems are installed to a higher standard than any other company you will find. Each septic tank we install is custom built with a pre-manufactured water tight lid and seamless risers brought to the surface. You can call the septic tank manufacturers to verify- but we are the only company that does this. Additionally we put access risers over the d-boxes and all valve boxes. This ensures that there is access to all the critical components to you system without having to dig up the whole yard.
Reputation and reliability you can trust
We encourage all potential clients to talk with homeowners, contractors, and regulators that we have done business with in the past.
Will additives keep my septic system healthy and prevent the need to pump it?
Most store-bought additives are very harmful and could compromise your entire septic system.

How often should I have my tank pumped to ensure I never have any problems?

Naturally occuring ensymes (the kind you want in your tank) take time to build up and become established. Pumping too frequently can strip your tank of these digestive ensymes and be harmful to your septic tank and drainfield.

If water is starting to back up into my toilets or drains, do I need to have my septic tank pumped?

Many times backups into the house can be caused by blocked baffles, failing drainfields, or piping problems. Simply pumping the tank won’t fix the problem and is often times a waste of money.

Do I ever need to pump a properly working septic system?

All septic systems eventually need to be pumped. Pumping frequencies depend on the occupancy of the home, capacity of the system, household habits, and septic tank chemistry. Some systems should be serviced after only a few years, some systems can go as long as 15 to 20 years between pumpings.

What additives do you recommend using?

None. Some makers of septic tank additives claim their products break down septic tank sludge in order to eliminate the need for pumping. But the effectiveness of additives has not been determined; in fact, many studies show that additives have no significant effects on a tank’s bacterial populations. Septic tanks already contain the microbes they need for the effective breakdown of household waste-water pollutants. Additives can actually do more harm than good for your system.