Who uses septic systems?

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Who uses septic systems? If your home has no sewers for the public to use, a sewer system has to be used to take care of and get rid of your waste water.

Septic systems are a real investment, they don’t come cheap. If your system is taken care of and of sound design, you will be able to use it at a fairly reasonable cost for many years.

If you do need a septic system installed on your property there is good reason to keep it in good working order. If you have a system that is not working as it should it could become a disaster. Not only would your well water be polluted, but your neighbors could be too. Health could be affected as well, causing disease. An improperly working system can also cause property damage and pollution of surface water. It makes good sense to take particular care of your septic system. If it does not work right because of lack of maintenance you are setting yourself up for what could be many thousands of dollars. Not only that, if you want to sell your home your system must be in good shape and work properly.

There are many kinds of septic systems for different soil types and the physical shape of the land. It is essential to do research on different systems to see which would suit your situation best. There is much to be found on the web.

A regular septic system has three major sections.

1. Septic tank - primary function is to take out solid waste from waste water. It then will decompose and store solid waste material but allows what is called effluent to be dumped in the drain field.

2. Drain field – this is where waste water goes as a process of absorption. It is also called a leach field.

3. Soil – After the drain field, the end process is disposing of the septic effluent or waste water. It goes into the ground soil where organisms treat your waste water before it flows down and finally goes into the soil or water on its surface. Different kinds of soil will affect your drain field. If the soil has a lot of gravel the treatment may let too much waste water through to do much treating of it. On the other hand, if your soil is of the clay type it might not let much of the waste water go through to the last level.

If you are experiencing a blockage in your septic tank system, try adding a natural additive to your system to break down the waste and maintain healthy bacteria levels. This will aid in the digestion of solid waste.

By: Bradley Skierkowski