Do you know what a septic system is? Do you know what comprises your system? And, most importantly, do you know how to use and maintain it? Here is a brief explanation of your system and a few points to remember about it.

A septic system processes waste materials and waste water from your house. It is an underground system that has a large tank that is buried on your property. Plumbing runs from your house to the underground tank and through those plumbing lines flow the waste water and material that is either flushed or sent down the drains of your home. The tank is designed to allow the solid material to settle to the bottom while the liquid remains on top. The liquid is pumped out of the tank into a drain field. The bacteria are filtered out of the liquid by layers of rock and soil. Eventually, the clean water is re-absorbed by the ground.

Your septic system must be maintained for it to work properly. If it doesn’t work properly, you will likely find a waste material backup somewhere in your house, around your septic tank or around your drain field. Moist and soggy soil over the tank or the drain field can signal trouble that, if not addressed in a timely manner, could cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars to repair or replace your system.

Septic Service Dos

• Locate a reputable service company in your local area and have your system inspected regularly. The tank will require emptying periodically depending on the size of it and the overall waste water usage of your household. Don’t overlook those valuable routine inspections.

• Make repairs as soon as possible when faulty parts of the system are identified. The old adage “a stitch in time saves nine” truly applies here. If you make the necessary repairs sooner rather than later, then your expenditure will be less than the larger repairs and the backup cleanup that will likely follow before you know it.

Septic System Do Nots

• Locate your underground tank and the drain field. Avoid parking vehicles or placing heavy objects over these components.

• Do not pave over them. Use care when digging and planning any landscaping around your home.

• Don’t ignore abnormally wet areas around the outside of your home. They could be the result of a malfunctioning part of your system.

If properly maintained, your septic system will give you many years of dependable waste disposal. Always be aware of it and be sure to hire the services of a reputable, dependable and knowledgeable septic tank pumping and service company.