Your Septic Tank: Tips on Your Sewage Disposal

Your Septic Tank: Tips on Your Sewage Disposal

Did you know that a Roto-Rooter technician will come to your home and pump your septic tank? This is an important maintenance issue with septic systems. If you fail to pump your tank periodically you might experience a minor flood in your yard. At the very least, your system will not work efficiently. Just put a note on the calendar to do it about every two years and you will be fine.

Most septic systems are installed in rural areas. The homes those systems service are too far from the local sewer treatment plant. Those who enjoy the use of a septic system can be assured that theirs is an efficient and inexpensive way to treat and dispose of their sewage.

You may be amazed at how easy this type of system operates and how incredibly scientific it is that normal soil is such an efficient filtering process. Here are a few tips on how a septic system works and how you can properly maintain it.

When you flush your toilet, the waste enters the sewer pipes and flows out to the septic tank. The tank, buried deep in your yard, is where the waste separates. There are basically three different substances that the waste transforms into. They are called the sludge, the scum, and the effluent. Sludge is the solid, heavier waste that settles in the bottom of the tank. Scum is the foamy, fatty substance that rises to the top of the sludge. The effluent is simply the liquid from the waste products.

  • The effluent flows out of the tank and into a drain field. This area is made up of perforated pipes that are buried in your yard. They are surrounded not only by the soil, but crushed gravel as well. As the effluent seeps into the soil from the perforated pipes, it is filtered by the gravel and soil. All the impurities in the effluent are removed and killed by the soil filtration process.

Be sure to understand the limitations of you particular septic system. It is important that you not overburden it. On average, a septic system can handle approximately 50 gallons of waste each day. Discuss this issue with all the folks who live in your home so that they understand that running toilets, for example, will overpower the septic system.

Be sure to contact your local Roto-Rooter technician to come and service your system every few years. In addition to pumping the tank, you can have him check all the components to make sure they are working properly.

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