If you are getting a septic tank installed and this is the first time you have had one, you need to learn how they work and how to take care of it. This will ensure your septic tank runs well for you and lasts a long time. Keep reading for information on how you can do this.
Components of a Septic Tank
A septic tank has a pipe that leads from your home to the septic tank, the septic tank, and a drain field. The soil below the drain field also plays a big role in the septic tank system. All the water that comes from your home, such as when you flush a toilet, run a bath, run the shower, run the dishwasher, wash clothes, etc. flows through the pipe and directly to your septic tank. This means anything you put in the water goes to the tank. This is why it is important you be careful with what you flush down your toilet, additives you add to faucets, etc.
When the contaminants flow from the septic tank and into the drain field, microbes in the soil remove most of the contaminants from the water. The water then continues to sink into the soil down to the groundwater.
Your septic tank is buried under the ground and is made of fiberglass, polyethylene, or concrete. It is watertight and holds wastewater. Over time the wastewater creates solids, which are referred to as sludge. This sludge is made of grease, oil, and more. When the sludge floats to the surface it is referred to as scum.
Pump Septic Tank
The surface scum must be removed periodically by having the septic tank pumped. If you do not have it pumped, the drain field will become overloaded with water and there will be backups in your plumbing and sewage on the drain field.
Ask a septic tank company contractor how often you should have your tank pumped. This will depend on how many people live in your home and how much water you use. Along with pumping, the contractor also inspects your septic tank system for leaks and other damage.
The contractor brings a giant tank on a large truck with a giant tank on it to pump your septic tank. A large suction hose is attached to the pump and inserted into the tank. The contractor turns the pump on, and the wastewater is sucked from the septic tank and into the tank on the truck.
The septic tank contractor can answer any questions you have while they are at your home installing your new septic tank system.
Reach out to a septic tank pumping service to find out more.