Many people ask us questions about septic systems. For example, “How often should my tank be pumped?” Or, do I need to have an inspection? Is my tank in the right place? There are many more. It’s easy for people to think that septic systems are out of reach. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you understand the basics of septic system care. Contact us to schedule your septic system care. Or, continue reading to find out more about the most expensive utility in your home and how to keep it running smoothly this winter.
What Is A Septic System
Are you looking for an efficient and cost-effective way to manage wastewater on your property? If so, then a septic tank may be the perfect solution for you. Septic tanks are one of the most popular methods used to treat wastewater in rural areas where access to municipal sewer systems is not available.
Septic tanks come in different sizes and types depending on their intended use. The two main types of septic tanks are conventional gravity systems and pressure distribution systems. Conventional gravity systems rely solely on gravity to move wastewater from the house into the tank, while pressure distribution systems use pumps or blowers to push water through a network of pipes that disperse it evenly throughout a drain field area located outside your home.
What Are They Made Of?
Conventional septic tanks can be made out of concrete, fiberglass or plastic materials such as polyethylene or PVC pipe with welded seams that prevent leaks from occurring over time due to ground movement or other factors like tree roots growing into them causing blockages along with cracks forming due its aging material composition leading towards potential failure points down stream if not properly maintained regularly by qualified professionals. Pressure Distribution Systems typically include underground chambers filled with gravel which act as filters allowing only clean water particles pass through while trapping solids within its bedding media preventing any pollutants reaching further downstream locations such as rivers, lakes, streams etc.
But Wait, There’s More
Another type worth mentioning is aerobic treatment units (ATUs). ATUs provide better quality effluent than traditional septic system designs because they employ oxygen-rich air bubbles during their filtration process instead relying solely upon natural bacteria found within regular non aerated settling chambers commonly found in standard Gravity & Pressurized Distribution Systems respectively. This helps reduce odor production created by decomposing organic matter present inside these kinds of installations making them more suitable for residential applications when compared against older technologies mentioned earlier in this article.
No matter what type you choose make sure all components installed meet local health department requirements before proceeding forward otherwise fines could potentially incur should any violations arise after completion without proper approval first being granted prior installation taking place thus resulting costly repairs down line later date if ignored initially at onset project itself so always best practice get everything inspected beforehand avoid future issues arising unexpectedly afterwards once work been completed already incurring additional unnecessary expenses no one wants have deal unanticipated complications especially ones easily avoided following simple steps outlined above saving time money both long run benefiting yourself everyone around environment surrounding residence alike!
Septic System Care
Q1. How often should my septic tank be pumped?
The size of your tank and how many people live in it will determine how often you need to pump your septic tank. Your system might need to be pumped more often if you have a garbage disposal. You should also consider the age of your system, your drainfield condition, natural bacteria and your water use when deciding how often your septic tank should be pumped. Pumping should be done every 2-3 years.
Q2. Is it true that you can’t dispose of garbage if your septic system is working?
True. Garbage disposals can raise the solids content of your septic tank up to 50%. Your drainfield will be less clogged with grease and solids if your garbage disposal is removed. What is the importance of reducing solids? Solids can increase the amount of sludge in your septic tank, which can cause backups and make it difficult to pump.
Q3. Are flushable wipes safe to use with my septic system
No. No. Flushing wipes don’t disintegrate quickly or easily, which can cause major backups and clog your septic system. This Consumer Reports experiment will show you. It is best to dispose of “flushable wipes” in the trash, not the toilet, if you have a septic tank.
Q4. How do I keep my septic system in good health?
You can also pump your septic tank frequently by using a septic additive. They come in a packet that dissolves like a laundry detergent pod. It contains healthy bacteria to help breakdown solids in your tank. You just need to place the packet in your toilet and flush it.
Q5. Can you use a water softener if you have a septic system?
Yes. However, if you decide to install a water softening system to your house that is connected to a sewer system, it’s best for you to consult a plumber to discuss other drain-routing options. This inexpensive and simple measure will prevent the septic tank or treatment system from failing and preserve all warranties.
Contact us for more information about your septic system care questions. We also offer a free quote for your business.
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