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Septic Tank FAQs

Septic Tank Systems:
Septic tank systems safely treat and dispose of wastewaters produced in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. A septic tank system uses natural processes to treat and dispose of the wastewater generated in your home. It typically consists of a septic tank and a drainfield, or soil absorption field. The septic tank provides the first step in treatment. As wastewater flows into the tank, the heavier solids settle to the bottom to form a sludge layer, and the lighter solids, greases, and oils float to the top to form a scum layer. The liquid wastewater (effluent) from the tank flows into gravel-filled trenches in the drainfield where it is distributed via perforated pipes and then treated by the natural soil system.
System Operation:
The septic tank provides some biological treatment of the sludge and scum layers that accumulate there.
The majority of treatment occurs in the drain field where the effluent enters the soil and is treated as it percolates to the groundwater. The soil acts as a biological and physical filter to remove harmful substances, including disease-causing bacteria and viruses, toxic organics, and other undesirable wastewater constituents remaining in the effluent.
Baffles or outlet tees located in the tank are designed to prevent the sludge and scum from flowing into the drain field. If the tank is not pumped regularly to remove the accumulated solids, the tank will fill with sludge and the solids will be washed out into the drain field. Once there, they will quickly clog the soil and eventually cause the septic system to fail.
Septic System Maintenance
Why Maintain Your System?
There are three important health reasons for maintaining your septic system. The first reason is the health of your pocketbook. Poor maintenance results in failed systems requiring repairs at a minimum and sometimes system replacement. Repairs or replacement costs can be thousands of dollars, whereas a periodic inspection and pumping costs are much less. The second reason is the health of your family, your community, and the environment. Untreated sewage water contains disease-causing bacteria and viruses, as well as unhealthy amounts of nitrate and other chemicals. Failed septic systems can allow untreated sewage to seep into wells, groundwater, and surface water bodies, where people get their drinking water and recreate. The third reason is the health of your economy. Contamination of water bodies by failed septic systems pollutes water supplies and creates offensive odors.

* Pumping your septic tank is probably the single most important thing you can do to protect your system. If the buildup of solids in the tank becomes too high and solids move to the drain field, this could clog and strain the system to the point where a new drain field will be needed.


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PO Box 544
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In Business Since 2013