Tips on Septic System Operations

Tips on Septic System Operations

Are you aware that there are septic systems installed in homes throughout the country? This is actually a very efficient and inexpensive way to treat and dispose of raw sewage. These types of systems are usually installed in rural areas where there is no community sewage waste disposal plant located nearby. One reason these systems are so great is that they operate on a simple process and only contain two essential parts: the septic tank and the drain field or leach field as it is sometimes called.

How does a Septic System Work?

If your home is equipped with a septic system, then you should have a basic understanding of how it works. This is important because there are a few items of maintenance that should be done on your system from time to time.

When you flush your toilet, drain you kitchen sink or do laundry, the waste flows down the sewer pipe and out into the tank. This tank is buried in your yard at least two feet deep. The only evidence that indicates where it is located is the small portal access used by the plumbers to pump your tank. Even that access may be buried under the sod to conceal its presence. However, your Roto-Rooter plumbing specialist will know where it is located if you can’t find it.

Once the waste enters the tank, it begins a process of separation. The solids waste products (sludge) settle to the bottom of the tank. The fatty, foamy products (scum) rise to the top. All liquid waste (effluent) flows out of the tank and into the drain field. The drain field is composed of a series of perforated pipes that are also buried deep in your yard. The liquid seeps out of the drain field pipes and into the soil. All the impurities are filtered out of the effluent and killed by the soil.

Important Considerations of Your Septic System

Your septic tank needs to be pumped out once every few years. As the sludge builds up in the tank, it will eventually reach the top which will cause the system to lose its efficiency. A Roto-Rooter service technician will be happy to perform that service for you. Just call them and set an appointment.

Your septic system is installed to meet the sewage treatment demands of the size of your home and the number of occupants. It is important that you do not exceed those parameters and overload the system as it may cause incidental flooding  into your yard.

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