Plumber: Tips on Septic System Maintenance

Plumber: Tips on Septic System Maintenance

A plumber is a normal person, just like you. He enjoys playing, working, and sleeping just like almost every other person on the planet. However, there is one thing that sets him apart. He likes to fix things, and doesn’t mind getting in the mud to do it!

Climbing into a mud pit might not appeal to many people, but if there is a broken pipe or a plumbing fixture in the mud that needs to be repaired or replaced, you can count on a specialist from Roto-Rooter to do it and do it well! Often that mud pit is a septic system that needs to be repaired or upgraded.

How does a Septic System Work?

Many homes across the country are equipped with septic systems. They are usually homes built in rural areas far from city sewer hook-ups. Septic systems are efficient and safe methods of disposing residential waste products. Because a septic system requires occasional maintenance, here are some tips on taking good care of them.

There are a few main parts of a septic system. They are the septic tank and the drain field, or leach field as it is sometimes called, and the sewer pipes that connect each implement. These fixtures are buried a few feet in your yard.

When you flush your toilet, drain your sink, or do laundry, all the waste products flow out of the house and into the septic tank. Once in the tank, the waste begins a separation process. The solids from the waste (sludge) settle to the bottom of the tank. The fatty materials (scum) in the waste rise above the sludge and float at the top. All the liquid (effluent) flows out of the tank and into the drain field. The drain field is equipped with a system of perforated pipes. As the effluent flows through the pipes, it seeps through the pipe perforations and filters into the soil. All the impurities in the effluent are removed from the soil and are killed.

Septic System Maintenance

As the sludge builds up in the septic tank, it will eventually overflow. Thus, it is necessary to pump this material from the tank every few years. To have this done, contact a Roto-Rooter service center.

Remember that before a plumber installs your septic system, you need to have your soil tested by your local health department. Not all soils are capable of sustaining a septic system. If you find that your soil is not the right type, your contractor may be able to haul the correct type of soil in for use in your septic system.


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