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The Importance of a Working Septic System

Posted by Septic Works LLC. on

Why Septic Systems are Necessary

Hello, and Welcome to the Septic Worx blog. In this space, we’ll provide you with up to date information and expertise regarding septic systems and tanks. Our company knows that a clean and properly working septic system is essential for a safe household. Therefore, we strive to provide the best in septic system parts including septic lids, septic tank risers, sprinkler heads, and septic air pumps. Whether you’re a contractor or a homeowner, obtaining a well versed knowledge of how a septic system works and how to properly maintain one is in your best interest.

For our first blog, we’ve decided to keep things simple and discuss the basics of what a septic system is and how it works. We understand that the septic world can get a tad bit confusing and we want to make it as easy as possible for you.

What a Septic System is and What it Does

Have you ever wondered what happens with the water after you drain your bathtub or where the sink water goes? Depending on where you live and how your home is structured, it might be headed towards the septic system which resides underground. The waste, or effluent, then makes it to the septic system where it’s processed and treated.

How it Processes Effluent

Your septic system uses a variety of mechanisms to process waste. After the effluent enters the septic tank, it separates the water by allowing the solid waste to settle to the bottom. Once that happens, the wastewater flows into the soil and becomes groundwater. The soil then naturally purifies the groundwater before it’s evaporated back into the atmosphere!

What Happens if it Isn’t Working Properly

A working septic system is an important component to working plumbing. If your septic system becomes backed up due to too much wastewater or septic system parts malfunctioning, problems could arise in draining sinks and flushing toilets. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that your septic system parts, including your septic tank risers and lids, are up to date and maintained.

How to Prevent Problems

The best way to prevent backups and septic problems is to frequently inspect your system and make sure to schedule a pumping by a professional. Depending on the type of system you have, the size of the household, and the amount of waste produced, the amount of time between pumpings and inspections vary. For example, while some septic systems require inspections once every three years, certain systems powered by electricity may require more frequent inspections.

There are a few more precautions you could take to prevent septic backup. One of the best ways to protect your septic system and to prevent future problems is to not dispose of things down the toilet or sink that aren’t meant to be disposed of there. Don’t attempt to flush bulky or hard to dissolve items such as paper towels, diapers, dental floss, or paper down the toilet. Additionally, common household cleaners and chemicals could also cause massive damage to your septic system if disposed of down the drain or toilet.