Having a good understanding how a septic system works will help you maintain it. Knowing where your septic tank and drainage field are is also very important. Below we have explained how it works and what needs to be done on a daily basis to keep your system healthy and save your money for many years to come.
First this is how it works when you use it. The wastewater from your home leaves through a pipe and goes to the septic tank. The waste separates into solid waste that sinks to the bottom and oil and grease scum rises to the top. There are bacteria in the septic tank that helps to breakdown the sludge. The wastewater then exits the septic tank and goes into the drainage field. The wastewater is released into the soil which removes harmful bacteria, viruses and nutrients.
What you put down your drains goes into your septic tank. Try to use all biodegradable and septic safe chemicals & products. Don’t ever flush things like dental floss, feminine products, paper towels, coffee grounds and other kitchen and bathroom products can clog the tank and drain field. Also the location of the drainage field must be clear. You don’t’ want to put anything heavy like a shed, parked car or RV, cement or pool in this area as it can damage the tank and pipes as well as compromise the drainage field. Having your tank pumped regularly is part of proper maintenance. When your tank is pumped they should also inspect the tank to make sure everything is in good working condition.
Every few months using a septic tank system treatment, like Rid-X, by pouring into your toilet can add the bacteria necessary to keep your septic tank performing optimally. While this system doesn’t need constant supervision, remembering these key things will help prolong the life of your septic system.
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