Regular Maintenance Is Crucial for a Healthy Septic SystemWe recommend that you have your septic tank pumped out every two to three years, depending on tank size, age, water usage, and environmental factors. It might be time for a pump-out if you are experiencing slow drainage or water backing up in the drains, gurgling in your pipes, or toilets that won’t flush.
How to Protect Your Septic System
- Regularly inspect and maintain your system. Pump out the tank every 3 – 5 years
- Conserve water
- Do not pour kitchen grease, cooking and salad oils, or hazardous waste down the drains
Septic 101 – A Step-by-Step Look At How Septic Systems Process Wastewater
Save Money While Saving The EnvironmentYour septic tank is an amazing synthesis of human ingenuity and natural process! A properly installed and maintained septic system saves you money and saves the environment. Septic systems protect groundwater sources by utilizing the Earth’s natural filtration process.
Benefits of Septic SystemsPublic Health Benefits: reduces the risk of disease transmission and human exposure to pathogens Environmental Benefits: removes pollution from surface water, recharges groundwater, and replenishes aquifers Economic Benefits: septic systems help communities reduce infrastructure requirements and lower energy costs associated with collecting a treating wastewater
How Septic Systems WorkWastewater flows from the home through the main drainage pipe to the septic tank. The wastewater then separates into three layers: solids sink to the bottom to form sludge, fats, and oils rise to the top to form what is called a scum layer, and the water, called effluvium, flows out to percolate through the drain field.
Absorption of ContaminantsAs wastewater percolates through the drain field larger contaminants are captured by the soil’s pores, much the way a sieve works to strain liquids. Naturally occurring microbes consume the organic matter left behind by the now clarified water.
Caring For Your Septic SystemRegular maintenance & a few simple rules will ensure the safety of your environment and help you avoid breakdowns.
- Pump Out Your Tank: every two to three years, minimum
- Septic Safe: only use septic-safe toilet paper and never flush wipes or other hygiene products – even if the package says it is safe to flush
- Grease, Oil, & Food: minimize the amount of grease, oil, and food particles that go down your kitchen drain