Replacing your septic system can be very expensive. But knowing how to take care of your system can help keep it in good working order.

How does it work?

Waste water from your home drains out into a Septic Tank. In this tank, solid waste settles to the bottom forming a “Sludge Layer” while anything that is lighter than water floats to the top forming what is called a “Scum Layer”. In between is a layer of water that contains many helpful bacteria’s and chemicals that help break down the solids in your tank. As new water enters the tank, this layer is forced out of the discharge of the tank into a Drain Field. A drain field is a system of Perforated pipe buried in trenches filled with gravel. The water is absorbed and filtered by the Drain Field and eventually leaches into the ground.

What can you do to help?

The single best thing you can do for your septic system is to not put any non-biodegradable items down your drains. Common items flushed include Baby Wipes, Tampons, Cigarette Butts, Diapers, Cat Litter, Cotton Swabs, Coffee Grounds, and Dental Floss. It is also not recommended to have a garbage disposal if you have a septic system. If you need to have a disposal, try to choose one that is specially made for homes with septic systems. They often inject enzymes into the food waste to help break it down before it gets to your drain field. Finally, provide good maintenance around your tank and drain field. Remove trees and shrubs nearby, roots can infiltrate your drain lines and cause your drain field to stop working.

Cleaning your tank

Getting your septic tank pumped is something that is often overlooked unless there is a problem. Having your tank pumped could cost a couple hundred dollars but failing to take care of your drain field can easily cost thousands of dollars if it needs to be replaced. How often you need your tank pumped depends on the size of your tank and the number of people in your household, but on average you should have your tank pumped every 2-5 years.

Replacing your septic system can be very expensive. But knowing how to take care of your system can help keep it in good working order.

Don’t know where your septic lid is? Let us at Alliance Drain & Plumbing assist you! We can video inspect your drain line from your house to your tank and locate the tank lid as well as any issues (if there are any) with your drain line.

Give us a call anytime (330)-823-7942 or contact us online. We love the opportunity to help you and answer any question you may have!

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