Have you ever wondered how raw sewage is processed when it leaves your home? You simply flush the toilet and everything disappears! Where exactly does it go? If you have a septic system, keep reading and you will learn all about the mystery of waste processing. Perhaps you have seen a Roto-Rooter truck doing septic tank pumping and wondered what was going on? They were likely pumping solids from someone’s septic tank, a procedure that must be performed every few years on a septic system.
Mechanics of a Septic System
For those who are not able to hook into a city sewer system, the alternative is a septic system. There are essentially four parts to a sewer treatment system like this.
Care of the Septic System
It is important that no kitchen grease, solid waste, petroleum products, and dangerous chemicals be flushed into the septic system. These products will inhibit the natural process of breaking down the raw sewage. It is also suggested that no enzymes or other retail chemicals be placed into the septic system.
Depending on how much usage the system has, you will need to have Roto-Rooter perform a septic tank pumping in order to remove the build-up of solids in the septic tank. A septic system that is installed correctly should be able to go two or three years before needing to be pumped.
It is important that no vehicles drive over the drainfield. You can grow grass and shallow-rooted plants over the drain field. However, avoid planting deep-rooted trees, as they will inhibit the natural processing of the effluent.