Understanding Your Septic System

Posted on: 17 November 2016

If you live in an area without a municipal sewage system, your household water and wastes go through a septic system buried in your yard. The system is comprised of two parts, a tank to hold solid wastes and a drainfield to disperse the water wastes. If your septic tank is kept in good working order, and is the right size for your household, you should only need to have it drained every three to five years. However, there are conditions which may cause the tank to overfill, allowing solid wastes to either clog the holes for water waste to leave the tank or cause solid waste to end up in your drainfield and eventually in your yard. Here are a few things to pay attention to.

Excessive Water

If you have a lot of rain in a short amount of time, it can fill the tank. Solid wastes that have not yet settled to the bottom will try to squeeze out of the drain holes. Any time you notice extra standing water where your drainfield is, you should call to have the tank emptied. This can also happen in the spring when snow melts or if you are doing a lot of watering of the yard.

Light Solid Waste

When you put any type of oil or grease down the drain, it goes into the septic tank. Because these materials are lighter than water, they do not sink well. As they travel through the drain holes with the water they may stick. Food garbage that has gone through a garbage disposal can cause the same problem. This can cause a clog that will need to be removed. Professional septic tank cleaners can come and empty the tank and then clean out all the drain holes. You will notice that your water does not drain as fast, and may have wastes backing up in your toilets and bathtubs.

Soil Compaction

The soil in the drainfield needs to be porous. This is why it is created with a layer of pebbles and small stones. If you place a building on the field, or drive heavy equipment over it, the soil will become compacted and water wastes will not be able to be filtered and sink into the ground water. You will notice that the ground over the field stays damp or wet all the time. The only way to fix this problem is to have a new field made.

Your household wastes need to be properly removed from your home to prevent diseases. Water wastes are filtered by the soil and ecosystem. Solid wastes are hauled away and go through a treatment plant. Any time you notice excess water or solid wastes in the yard you need to have the septic system service. 

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