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Septic Systems

Septic systems are "holding tanks” that are designed with two major components: a septic tank and a drain field. The system is placed underground outside your home, where your waste sewage is broken down by bacteria to form sludge. It pays to take care of your septic tank because if the necessary bacteria in the system are destroyed then it will cause the biological machine to shut down. If that happens then the sludge will build up and get pushed into the drainfield, where it will cause the system to clog. Next thing you know, you have sewage back up problem.

Proper installation of your septic system will maximize your system’s life. It will prevent failures that can be unsightly, foul-smelling, and threatening to your family's health. Proper installation and maintenance can reduce the risk of contaminating your well water, and may save you from costly repairs or system replacement.

If you are in a situation where your sewage is backing up, then the tank can be pumped out. Unfortunately, the drainfield cannot. You should also keep in mind that after several attempts of pumping your tank and on a frequent basis; you may come to realize that a new septic system is needed at the cost of several thousand dollars. A new system should last you more than 20 years if you make sure to install it properly and keep up with the appropriate maintenance. It is a good rule of thumb to have your tank inspected by a septic tank professional every three to five years.

In addition to proper installation and maintenance, it is also important to know where your tank is located. This knowledge is necessary for when you have your system inspected and pumped. You want to make you can avoid driving over the tank with heavy equipment which could end up damaging the system. If you can’t figure out where the location is, you can always hire a professional septic contractor to find it for you with an electronic detector. They may also probe the soil with a long metal rod.

Lastly, it is crucial that you watch what you flush or wash down the drain. Dyed or heavy toilet tissue or paper towels will cause your system harm. You should also avoid flushing feminine hygiene products, condoms or disposable diapers. Other helpful tips include minimizing the use of your garbage disposal and separating fat, grease, and coffee grounds from the system. To avoid potential problems, the best solution is to have your system inspected or pumped on a regular basis to make sure it operates reliably for many years.

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