A septic tank is a form of On Site Sewage Facility (OSSF) to homes not attached to community sewer lines. Septic tanks function as domestic wastewater treatment in twenty five percent of the homes in North America.
How Septic Tanks Work
The septic system consists of a one thousand or two thousand gallons tank attached to a wastewater pipeline on one side and a drainfield on the opposite side. Waste is removed from the home to the septic tank where it's separated into solids and liquids. Weighty solids descend and make a base sludge layer while light solids float and form an upper layer of scum. The anaerobic bacterial environment that develops in the watertight tank decomposes the two layers to sewage that is next discharged to a drain-field, also known as a leachfield or a disposal field. The drainfield refines liquid waste with a series of perforated pipes running through subsurface trenches filled with gravel. As effluent trickles from the pipes, into the gravel and through the soil - filtration arises by which sewage is purified from toxic matter and is sent to local water pools as fresh water.
Symptoms of Septic Tank Failure
- Barely draining sinks, showers and tubs, and poor flushing toilets
- Recurring effluent counterflows
- Sewer gas odors
- Wastewater pooling close to the septic tank
Septic Tank Care
Frequent septic tank pumping is necessary for sludge and scum removal. The rate at which an individual should pump the septic tank is contingent with the genuine capacity of the tank. Frequent septic tank cleaning precludes any of the above problems and extends the life of the system. Septic tank pumping is highly recommended to entrust with licensed plumber San Antonio with the right equipment to drain tanks without harming the system or environment. Septic tank check-ups may be sufficient at identifying and amending unnoticed faults before they plug the system.