Tips from a Roto-Rooter Plumber for Understanding Your Septic System

Tips from a Roto-Rooter Plumber for Understanding Your Septic System

If you have never hired a Manchester plumber, then you have probably not noticed the Roto-Rooter van crisscrossing through town, responding to homes with plumbing crises. Our technicians are available seven days a week and will come to your home even if it is in the middle of the night. They can even pump out your septic tank. Are you aware that your Roto-Rooter specialist is an expert on septic systems?

Residential septic systems are a simple yet efficient method of disposing of residential waste products. The process is quite common in rural areas where there are no hook-ups to city sewer treatment facilities. Many homes across the country rely on this method of waste disposal. Since there are some important maintenance issues that need to be addressed with septic systems, here are some tips that might be helpful.

How Does a Septic System Work?

A septic system is made up of two major components. They are the septic tank and the drain field, or leach field as it is sometimes called. When you flush your toilet, drain your sink, or do your laundry, all the waste enters a sewer pipe and is then delivered to a septic tank buried a few feet deep in your yard.

Once the waste enters the tank, it begins a separation process. The solid substances (sludge) in the waste settle to the bottom of the tank. The fatty substances (scum) rise to the top. All the liquid in the waste (effluent) drains out of the tank and enters the drain field. This part of the septic system contains perforated pipes buried deep in your yard. Once the effluent enters the pipes, it seeps into the soil. The dirt, rocks, and gravel in the soil remove all impurities in the effluent and kills harmful bacteria.

Considerations for Your Septic System

When your plumber installs your septic system, he or she will first have a soil sample tested by the city health department. Not all soils are adequate for septic systems. If it is determined that your soil will not work, your contractor should be able to haul in the correct soil to finish the septic system installation.

It is important that your septic tank be pumped every few years. The sludge build-up in your tank will eventually reach the top. Your Roto-Rooter specialist will open the access portal in your yard and pump your tank when it is necessary. 

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