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Understanding what is involved in septic tank pumping, it’s first important to understand what a septic system does and how it works. A septic system is an underground treatment system for household sewage. A typical septic system consists of 4 components: the pipe from the house, the septic tank, a drain field and the soil. Damage or malfunction of any of these components can cause the system to fail which can result in soil and drinking water contamination and costly repairs or replacements by the homeowner.

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Septic systems fulfill a crucial function for many homes and businesses, especially in rural areas, though many people are clueless as to how they work. While septic tanks are usually low-maintenance systems, they can become extremely tricky and expensive if something goes wrong. A basic knowledge is important to anyone wishing to avoid future problems with their septic tanks.

What is a septic system?

Septic systems are small-scale sewage treatment systems that are used in areas not connected to a sewage system operated by the government or a private company. They are often used by homes and farms in rural areas where it is too costly to connect to faraway sewage mains. Septic systems work by pumping wastewater from bathrooms, kitchens and laundry facilities into effluent tanks, which process the waste and then disperse it onto a septic drain field.

What is a septic tank?

What happens to waste that doesn't decompose?

Some of the contents of the effluent tank will not decompose; therefore it is important to empty the tank occasionally. If tanks are not pumped the septic tank can fill with undecomposed substances that will be pumped into the drainage field. This can result in environmental problems as well as expensive repairs. How often the tank needs to be pumped clean varies depending on its size, the number of people using it and the outside temperature. Because there are so many variables, there is no rule of thumb for how often the tanks should be pumped: some need it every few years while other can go between 10 and 20 years without pumping. Have a professional inspect your tank to let you know when it needs to be pumped.

How it works

A very basic explanation of how the system works begins with waste water leaving the house through the plumbing network inside the house to the pipe leading to the septic tank. The tank is buried underground and is usually constructed in a water tight manner of concrete, fiberglass or polyethylene. It is intended to hold the waste water long enough to allow the solids to settle to the bottom (to form sludge) and the oils to float to the top (to form scum). Some of the solid waste decomposes as well. There are compartments and a “t” shaped outlet from the septic tank that prevents the sludge and scum from leaving the tank to travel to the drain fields. Once the liquid enters the drain field, it is filtered through the several layers of soil for the final treatment by removal of harmful bacteria, viruses and nutrients.

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Now that you have chosen to maintain your septic system you are faced with a few question; how will you do it? Where will you start? How much money is it going to cost? Etc. Once you learn more about septic maintenance the more you will realize that choosing to maintain your septic system is a great decision that may potentially save you from terrible odors, clogging, and even more costly repairs.Your septic tank is container that relies on 2 things to work properly: gravity and bacteria. Gravity causes the waste to separate and settle in layers. Bacteria decomposes the waste.. Your septic tank is underground so you never know when you are going to have a problem. Using a septic treatment that contains bacteria and enzymes that boost the bacteria growth is the best and most reliable way to maintain your system.

The best way to maintain your septic system is to monitor what goes into your tank and make sure to replenish the good bacteria in your tank.. Avoid harsh cleaners, anti-bacterial cleaners and soaps, and any items that are not organic. Because these items harm the good bacteria in your septic tank, it is important to use a septic maintenance product that contains bacteria and enzymes to replace and replenish those bacteria. Doing both of these things will make septic maintenance easy and affordable.

Maintaining a regular schedule of septic tank pumping will help keep your system running efficiently and will save you hundreds of dollars in expensive system repairs.