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How do septic systems work?

A septic tank system uses natural processes to treat and dispose of the waste water generated in your home or business. It typically consists of a septic tank and a drainfield, or soil absorption field. The septic tank provides the first step in treatment. As wastewater flows into the tank, the heavier solids settle to the bottom to form a sludge layer, and the lighter solids, greases, and oils float to the top to form a scum layer. The liquid wastewater from the tank flows into gravel-filled trenches in a typical drainfield where it is distributed via perforated pipes and then treated by the natural soil system. The diagram below shows the components of a typical system.

How often do I need to have my tank pumped?
Every 3-5 years

How can I keep my septic system working properly?

Do’s
  • Conserve water
  • Repair any leaks
  • Divert downspouts and surface water away from your drainfield.
  • Have your tank inspected / pumped every 3-5 years.
Don’ts
  • Don’t drive over your tank or drainfield.
  • Don’t dig around tank or drainfield or build anything over it.
  • Don’t plant anything but grass around drainfield.
  • Limit or avoid garbage disposal use.
  • Don’t pour harmful chemicals down the drain.
  • Don’t flush trash or chemicals down toilet.
  • Don’t waste money on septic tank additives. The bacteria needed to treat wastewater is naturally present in sewage.
  • Don’t allow backwash from water softener systems to enter drainfield.
  • Never enter a septic tank--toxic gasses can kill.
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