Septic System Explained

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Septic tank systems are an extremely crucial facet of a home, especially if that home is in a rural setting where there may be no option of using a public sewage system. If you are looking to buy a home, one of the questions you might ask your realtor is if the home has a public or private sewage system. I know that before I started looking for a home, that aspect of a home didn’t even cross my mind. If your home is connected to a public sewage system, there is really nothing for you to be concerned with. These complex systems have been around forever and get rid of waste waster in a very effective and hygienic way. But, if you don’t have public sewer, then you need to have a septic tank system which functions properly.

Septic tanks are ideal for families that live in a country setting. They too provide an effective and hygienic method for disposal of waste water. Septic systems need to be maintained to keep a smooth flow of water running through your septic pipes. The septic tanks themselves vary in size according to the number of people you have living in your home. If the property size is large and/or a big family occupies a particular home, the tank will be large, and vice versa.

Septic tanks are located near your home but should be located in an area where there are no trees or other greenery with deep penetrating roots. Trees and plants with deep roots can break through your septic tank and cause major problems. There is a holding area in a septic tank which stores and biodegrades waste water leaving your home. Solid waste takes longer to decompose due to the natural biodegrading process. Bacteria that are naturally present in septic tanks get to work on digesting solid wastes. If you are experiencing any problems with your septic system, you may need to add in a septic supplement containing good bacteria and other enzymes essential for a healthy septic environment.

In order to maintain a septic system that operates effortlessly, you need to have your system pumped out regularly. Also, when you are have your system checked, have a septic professional look at the overall condition of your tank. The septic tank needs to be secure and solid to ensure that your system has a long life.

There are things that you can do to help your system run with minimal to no maintenance. Be cognizant of what you flush down your toilet. Never discard items like cleaning wipes or napkins down the toilet. They can very well cause your septic system to clog up. Another thing that you can do is limit the amount of water you use on a daily basis. It will not only benefit your system but help you conserve a vital natural resource.

Bottom line, treat your system right. If a problem does occur like a blockage, try using a product containing natural bacterial supplements to solve the problem.

By: Bradley Skierkowski