How Your Septic System Works

A septic system is made of six major parts:

  • A House Drainage Pipe To The Tank
  • A Tank That Allows Solids To Sink To The Bottom To Be Eaten By Bacteria
  • Distribution Piping
  • Leaching System, Which Is Made Of Beds, Trenches, Leaching Field Or Leaching Pit
  • Liquid Distribution Box
  • Recently Installed Tanks Have Outlet Baffle Filters

Your septic tank should be cleaned and checked on a regular basis. Depending on the size of your family, it should be cleaned every two or three years. When waste sits in the tank, it forms sludge, which must be removed. If not, the sludge will build up and clog the pipes within the system. There are several common causes that can lead to a failure of the septic system:

  • Neglect
  • Not Understanding Proper Usage
  • Poor Design Or Installation
  • These problems can be prevented by maintenance usually.

If you smell sewage odor, see sewage discharging onto the lawn, see wet/muddy spots on the lawn, or have slow draining sinks or bathroom fixtures, you have a septic tank back up. A septic tank failure is a major repair, and some systems may even need to be replaced. Contact an experienced company that will treat you fairly and help you move forward.