The Ins and Outs of Septic Systems
Just how familiar are you with your septic system? Sure, you know there is a septic tank, and the wastewater is pushed to it, but do you really understand the ins and outs of your septic system? No? Well, then, without further ado, here are the Ins and Outs of Septic Systems.
How Does a Septic Tank Work?
Your septic tank treats wastewater from your house by segregating solids from liquids, allowing organic waste to decompose naturally. Wastewater goes into the tank and separates into three layers- solids drop to the bottom as sludge, water floats in the middle, and oils lay on top. The water layer flows into a drain field (which should be far from a well), where the soil purifies it. Routine care should be undertaken to remove inorganic solids that won’t dissolve and accumulate over time.
Just Where is the Septic Tank?
As we stated, you probably realize you have a septic tank, but do you know if it’s in your font or backyard? Is it on the side? It’s vital to know the location of your septic tank to keep it maintained and to access it if needed. So, where is your septic tank? The best way to locate it is to follow the main sewer line from your house. In Central Florida, that means you may have to dig it up. Once you know where your septic tank is, a qualified septic service can perform maintenance on it.
Maintenance of Your Septic System
Here are some tips on how to care for your septic system.
- Limit the amount of water you use. Too much water can tax the system.
- Don’t put additives or chemicals into your septic system.
- Don’t flush or pour down the drain things like wet wipes, floss, cat litter, coffee grounds,
- Cigarette butts, grease or oil and medication.
Protecting Your Drainfield
Your drain field is an integral part of the septic system and extends away from the septic tank. Several things can damage it-
- Parking a heavy vehicle over the drain field- can crush it.
- Planting trees or shrubs over the drainfield- the roots will destroy it.
- Make sure that downspouts from your roof or a sump pump don’t drain over the drainfield- it will overtax it.
Signs Your Septic System May Be Failing
These are some of the more common warning signs of septic system failure-
- A strong smell is coming from the drain field.
- Wet areas above the drainfield.
- Your plumbing gurgles.
- Water drains slowly from bathtubs and sinks.
What Do You Do About Septic System Failure?
When you have a septic system failure, it’s past simple maintenance; it needs repairs. Don’t try to repair it yourself; you may do more harm than good. Hire a reputable septic service to fix your septic system.
Lakeland Septic Can Maintain or Repair Your Septic System
In the Polk County area, call us at 863-738-0504 or fill out our easy contact form. If you have a septic system that is starting to develop issues or if it has escalated to an emergency, we can fix it. A member of our experienced staff will be happy to discuss servicing or repairing your septic system.