Services – Septic Systems
Septic Tank Pumping and Maintenance
Considering what goes down the drains of your home or business every day, the last thing you want is a malfunctioning or backed-up septic tank; not only is septage unsanitary and pungent, septic tank repair can be very expensive depending. Regular inspection and maintenance of your septic tank can prevent these problems.
To ensure that your septic tank is working properly, you should avoid flushing the following materials down your drain:
- Cleaning chemicals
- Food scraps
- Hygiene products and other toiletries
- Cooking oil and grease
Your septic tank is part of one of the most important and intricate systems found in homes and businesses today. Few home or business owners ever get to see their septic tank in operation until something goes wrong; located underground, your septic tank stores wastes from a variety of household fixtures and appliances; your washing machine, sinks, and toilets all depend on a properly maintained septic system to function properly and process waste outside of your home.
How Does a Septic Tank Work?
Although you can’t see your septic tank, it’s working hard daily to ensure that it’s storing and breaking down pretty much everything that goes down the drains in your home. The wastes and fluids that go down these drains all converge into one pipe that leads into the septic tank’s inlet, where the waste begins to break down and separate, becoming septage.
Heavier matter that goes through your plumbing, like toilet paper and other solid items, sink to the bottom of the tank, creating sludge. Organic matter like oils, fats, proteins and other compounds float to the top, creating scum. Finally, most of your septic tank is comprised of effluent: gray water that once carried sludge and scum.
Besides keeping wastes outside of your home, your septic system has a beneficial effect on the soil on your property; the effluent, now broken down and free of solid waste, is released from the septic tank into the drain or leach field. The leach field is a series of pipes with holes to release the effluent directly into the soil, enriching it with organic material.