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The Parts of a Septic System (II)

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Here is more information about your septic system!

Hello, and welcome back to the Septic Worx blog. Septic systems are something that many homes in the United States rely on because they’re too far from sewage lines and you can’t just go without a system to dispose of waste! And outhouses are usually out of the question.

How many people do you know have even an inkling of knowledge of what a septic system is and how it works? Not to many people, especially city dwellers. Anyway, in our last post (link) we discussed the first section of the septic system, which is the septic tank. This is the first place that waste and wastewater empty into before draining into the drainage field, which we’ll talk about today.

Drainage field

The drainage field, which was mentioned in the previous bit, is where the wastewater is deposited into. The water either flows into the drainage system via gravity or through a mechanical pump that pushes all of the liquid out. Drainage fields are often just soil, which is already filled with minerals and microbes that sanitize the water. These fields vary in size and volume depending on the size of the septic tank and how many people are using it. Quite obviously, a tank that’s being used more often is going to require a larger drainage field.

Before a septic system is installed, the soil needs to be tested, via a percolation test, to make sure that it’s porous enough to handle a large amount of liquid. If the soil is too dense, then the water won’t drain into the soil properly and will leave a big puddle of water, which isn’t pretty. If the tank is maintained and installed correctly, then there should be no odor at all in or around the drainage field.

Most septic systems also use septic sprinkler heads which are installed in the lawn. They spray water over the grass like traditional sprinklers, but instead use the water from the septic irrigation systems. Not to worry though; the water used to spray the lawn is clean and not contaminated! It’s a great and waste-free way to keep your lawn looking gorgeous throughout the warmer seasons. The sprinkler system is connected to an underground pipe system and the water is pushed through using mechanical pumps.

A quick safety note

Septic systems are built to last and in the right conditions, they will. However, you must be careful not to flush or drain items that could cause clogs and contamination. A few of these things include grease and fat, papers other than toilet paper, chemicals, and non-organic solids. A blocked drain in the septic system can easily lead to a backup which is more than just unpleasant; it’s difficult and expensive to fix because of the extensive underground irrigation system.

Thanks for reading our two-part blog series on the parts and components of most modern day septic systems. Of course, in order for these things to run, they need functioning septic system parts. Lucky for you, Septic Worx sells some of the best in the business. Shop today!