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Septic Tanks and Field Cleaning

Maintaining septic tanks and field cleaning is important in order to prevent septic systems failure. Signs of septic tank failure may be recognized by these signs.

  • There is a noticeable wet area that surfaces on the drainfield. This problem is caused by solid particles that clog the drainfield. Sometimes it can also be caused by tree roots that seep underground and which makes it hard for waste water to disperse through the drainfield.
  • The toilet runs slow. In worst scenarios, this could be because the floor is already flooded with wastes and sewage. This might be because of a full septic tank or there is failure in the drainfield.
  • Bad odors can be smelled from the house especially from the toilet, from the septic tanks or the drainfield. If the septic system is working properly, there shouldn’t be any bad odors. If there is odor it might be a sign that the system is near being faulty.

With these signs it is important to stress why maintaining septic tanks and field cleaning is necessary. These tips below will help maintain a functional septic tank system.

  • The septic tank and the drainfield should never be overloaded. To do so, households should decrease water usage. This can be done by reduce water level when doing the laundry or reduce the water that’s needed to flush the toilet.
  • Do not dispose garbage in the toilet. Remember, it is not a garbage can. Do not flush tissues, napkins, diapers, tampons, and other clutter in the toilet. This will result to clogging of the septic pipes.
  • Trees should be away from the septic system. Trees should be at 100 feet away in proximity from the septic system. Roots might be cause of a problem in the future.
  • Avoid overusing heavy cleaners. These will kill bacteria in the septic tank so it would be harder to break down solid wastes.

Things You Need to Know About Septic Systems

For a whole septic system to work the main component is the septic tank.

A septic tank is a sewage treatment system in rural areas which is not connected or regulated by main or big sewage systems usually provided by the government or main corporations. A septic system is composed of a septic tank and a drainfield. In the process, from the house, the waste water flows to the septic tank. The tank is made ideally in a way that the waste settles at the bottom and the waste water is retained. Eventually the solid wastes are decomposed partially and this forms sludge. A formation of light particles and grease called scum is formed and floats on top of the waste water. In a septic system, baffles are installed. These are to prevent scums and solid wastes from escaping. The treated waste water is then released to a drainfield.

As any other kind of system, a septic system needs maintenance. In failing to do so, some problems may be encountered. Even when the septic system seems to be functioning well, when it hasn’t been pumped for 5 years, it can cause pollution of the ground water and in some cases may clog the drainfield.

For this cause, simple maintenance tips may be applied. For one, it is always best to conserve water. Drips should be immediately fixed. In any kind of system, do not overload it. This we know, is the primary cause of why a system encounters problems and eventually results in failure. It’s also advisable not to dump hard solids or fats in the sink; these can easily build up and clog the pipes. Also, when you decrease the solid load in the tank, it also gives a length of time before the tanks needs to be pumped.