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Septic systems

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 06/08/2019 - 12:31

Many of the homes outside of cities and at our many lakes are served by septic systems to handle waste water.

A septic system is simply a device designed to handle the wastewater your home generates when city sewers are not available. A septic system breaks down the impurity in the wastewater and then allows the water to re-enter the ground.

Most septic systems are completely buried under the ground because the soil is such an important part of the system. The first step out of the house is a septic tank, sometimes preceded by a filtration system, and everything flows through here. The solid waste settles to the bottom and begins to break down and the liquid flows through pipes into the distribution box.

The distribution box makes up the next stage of the septic system, feeding the absorption field. Pipes leading from the distribution box have holes in them that allow water to flow into the ground and the soil itself.  The ground then filters the water as it finds its way back into the soil.

As a homeowner you have to be careful what you put in your septic system and it's also important to note that certain soil conditions may require even more treatment or a more complicated system.  A septic system can be a simple means for getting rid of all waste water. Be careful what you flush down the drains. If you allow too many solids to build up too quickly they can get out of the septic tank and out into the absorption field where they can block the flow to the soil.

You also need to be careful when using harsh cleaning agents, chemicals petroleum products, or any other. These chemical compounds slow down the natural breakdown of the wastewater. It's a fairly delicate balance down on the septic system and if it's poisonous to you it's probably bad for the septic system.

If you take good care of your septic system, it'll take will last longer and provide better service. Pay attention to proper maintenance that'll keep your septic system running for many years.

Over time, solids will build up in a septic tank system that either won't break down or broken down as far as they can. The frequency of having the septic system serviced will depend on many factors but plan on service when you first move in and at one year. By then you should be able to determine an appropriate service cycle.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 06/08/2019 - 12:31