Understanding Septic System Basics Is Important For All Home Owners
Learning about septic systems may not be the most interesting thing to do but if you are a homeowner, it is important that you at least take some time to understand septic system basics. When you know how the septic tank and drainfield are structured and where they are located, it helps you get a better understanding of how you can prevent potential problems.
At Liberty Plumbing and Septic, you will find highly knowledgeable plumbers who have several years of experience with septic service and repair. Call them today for an appointment.
For sanitary and health reasons, regular septic tank cleaning is an important aspect of owning a home. At Liberty Plumbing And Septic, we have several years of experience with septic service and septic repair. Call us today for an appointment.
The Structure Of A Septic System
A typical septic tank system consists of 2 main components –
The Septic Tank – This is designed to separate the wastewater from the solids. The wastewater is sent out through the drain pipes while the solid is stored and partially decomposed.
The Drainfield – This is where the wastewater drains out into through the drain pipes. It is also known as a leach field. From the drainfield the wastewater gets absorbed into the soil before where it gets treated by organisms present in the soil. This treated water then enters the surface water.
A Few Maintenance Tips You Must Know – What Can Go Wrong If These Tips Are Ignored
As mentioned earlier, having at least a basic understanding of septic system maintenance can help prevent larger problems down the road. Fortunately it is neither difficult nor time consuming.
• Try not to use more water than the system can handle. Excessive water is one of the main reasons why septic systems fail as the scum and sludge does not get enough time to get absorbed into the soil.
• Solid waste disposal should be kept to a minimum as excessive solids can build up over a period of time and clog up the pipes. This can result in the water backing up and will require an expensive repair job.
• Do not throw toxic chemicals into the drain as these can destroy the active organisms that break down the effluents in the drain pipes.
• Get the septic system inspected and pumped regularly- at least every 3 to 5 years. The exact frequency depends on the tank size as well as the number of residents.
Don’t wait till you have a problem to call in a plumber. To keep your septic system running efficiently, it is always a good idea to have an experienced plumber come in and conduct a regular septic system inspection and maintenance.