If you are among the twenty percent of homeowners whose property is not connected to a centralized sewer system, then you likely have a septic system or are looking to install one in your property...
If you are among the twenty percent of homeowners whose property is not connected to a centralized sewer system, then you likely have a septic system or are looking to install one in your property. Though these onsite wastewater treatment facilities save you from those monthly sewer bills, they rest the responsibility of waste management rightly on your shoulders. Metro Septic Pumping is a professional septic company with years of experience, so we know a thing or two about septic systems. We offer installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance services, but this article is going to go over some tips for new septic tank owners.
Call Metro Septic Pumping if you have any questions or concern, or if you would like to schedule a flexible appointment with a septic professional. We are also prepared to arrange urgent dispatches for emergency situations.
How Your Septic System Works
A septic system is actually a deceptively simple system with only a few core components. An inlet pipe leads waste and wastewater into the septic tank where they form three layers: a top layer of scum, a middle layer of liquid effluent, and a bottom layer of solid waste. While the solid waste is broken down into sludge within the septic tank, the liquid effluent is readily discharged out into the drain field via perforated pipes. The wastewater is treated as it percolates through the soil and the sludge remains in the septic tank until it is pumped out.
If you were careful with your traditional sewer system, then you should be extra careful with your septic system. Keep those drain filters and garbage disposal installations in place. Continue to avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper, pee, and poo. Toss food scraps, fats, oils, and greases in the trash bin rather than the kitchen sink.
In addition to the usual care method, you will have to be mindful of some other things as well. Avoid using excess water as it can flood the drain field. Spread out your usage of appliances and showers. Do not drive over or install large structures on or around the drain field either. Compacting the soil in that area will affect the soil’s ability to treat the wastewater.
As mentioned earlier, the septic tank eventually fills with sludge. This sludge has nowhere to go and must be pumped out using septic equipment and machinery. Though it depends on the size of the septic tank, the size of your household, and your usage, you will generally need to have the tank pumped once every two to four years. Be sure to have the tank cleaned out regularly as well. The professionals at Metro Septic Pumping offer maintenance, pumping, and septic cleaning services at affordable rates and with quick response rates. Call Metro Septic Pumping to schedule your flexible appointment today. We can also arrange an urgent dispatch if you have an emergency situation. Our qualified septic professionals are on standby to respond to your request now.