A septic system that is well designed and installed properly will work well for decades or else will show signs of failure from time to time. Maintenance of a septic system does require certain kinds of precaution and handling measures. Knowing how a septic system works and when it fails can help you reach out for assistance at the right time. Usually an experienced plumbing service will have septic tank services that will help you find signs that your existing septic system needs replacement or when you need flushing or other kinds of intervention.
How Do Septic Systems Work?
Bacteria are what break down the solid wastes of your drainage system that flow into your septic system. The solid wastes are broken down by bacteria which leave water to percolate down to earth. The septic system is built to keep bacterial growth healthy which lives in the tank as well as in the drain-field.
The process of how the septic tank works is the following:
There is an outlet pipe that is fitted with a filter which prevents solids from entering into the outflow pipe. The effluent wastes flow out to the drain field and water, then seeps into gravel that surrounds this area. Aerobic bacteria that complete decomposition of the waste in the soil and gravel after which clean water, then seeps down and mixes with the ground water.
Septic Problems That May Arise
Waste that does not decompose nor does so slowly, often clog the drains. When too much solid waste accumulates in the system then it can clog the filters in the outflow pipe. Roots of shrubs and trees can damage the drain-field. When too much sludge accumulates then it can reduce the ability of bacteria to break down the wastes. These are common problems that can arise from time to time. The common way to keep your septic tank healthy is to remove excessive buildup of scum and sludge. Depending on the size of the outlet pipe or the tank, you might need to get pumping done once a year. Depending on the amount of wastes that run through the system and size of the tank, it might be possible to go through two or three years without pumping.
Get Expert Septic Inspection and Assistance
It is best that you call in an expert plumber to inspect the health of your septic tank and propose remedies accordingly. They can inspect the tank and propose whether pumping is required. If you have our phone number 301-994-1000, we can provide the assistance you need. A Better Plumber will not only help in pumping, but change pipes and connections of your septic tank as well if the requirement arises.
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