Maintaining Your Septic System
As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining your septic system. By properly maintaining your septic system, you can protect your investment and your home. Were you aware that it’s important to periodically inspect your system, and to periodically pump out the septic tank?
When a septic system is properly designed, built, installed, and maintained, it can effectively treat wastewater for a long time. If you fail to properly maintain your septic system, you may have to replace it prematurely, which could cost you thousands of dollars.
If a septic system malfunctions, it can contaminate the groundwater, and if this is a source of drinking water, this poses a serious health hazard. Additionally, if you plan to sell your home, it’s essential that your septic system is in excellent working order.
Components of a Septic System
Septic systems are made up of four components: a pipe that comes from the home, the septic tank, a drain field, and the soil that’s outside of the home. Microbes (microorganisms that cause fermentation) in the soil actually remove a majority of the contaminants from the wastewater before it reaches the groundwater.
Homeowners may not be aware that septic tanks are not just for sewage. In fact, all of a household’s wastewater that exits the home goes to the septic tank. The septic tank holds wastewater, which allows solids to form into sludge, and oil and grease to float to the surface as scum.
In order to properly maintain a septic tank and prevent buildup, you must remove the sludge and floating scum by having the tank periodically pumped. The best way to keep your septic system in good working order is to have regular inspections and periodic pumping.
The main reason to maintain your septic system is to save money! If you don’t properly maintain your septic system, it will lead to costly repair or replacement costs – don’t let this happen to you!
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