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How Does a Septic Tank Work?

time-for-serviceMany homeowners don’t really need to think about what happens when they drain the tub or flush the toilet—and pretty much all of them would prefer not to. However, if you are not connected to a municipal sewer system, you really do need to give it a lot more thought than you otherwise would. Those using such sewer systems are responsible for their sewer line out to a certain point. Those of us using septic tanks, though, are responsible for the entire system.

Today, we’re going to shed a bit of light on the way that septic tanks work, as well as why you’ll want to keep yours in the best working condition possible. Neither explanation is that complicated—and the latter is really a matter of common sense. If you need any septic tank services on your property, then you are definitely going to need to schedule them with a professional plumber in Clearwater, FL. Just give us a call to do so.

How Septic Tanks Do What They Do

It’s really quite simple. The septic tank is tasked with separating out solid waste and scum from wastewater, and then disposing of that wastewater via a leach field while retaining the solids and the scum. So how does it accomplish this goal?

Well, by just holding all of the waste and wastewater within itself. The septic tank is really little more than a watertight tank. There aren’t mechanical seperators or anything like that. As the waste and wastewater sit in the tank, the solid waste is going to sink naturally to the bottom of the tank, as it is heavier than the water. The grease and oils are lighter than water, so they rise to the top and form the scum layer. Once it’s all separated out, the effluent (waste water) is released into the drainfield.

Avoiding Problems with Your Septic Tank

Septic tanks don’t really require too much in the way of maintenance. They are, as stated, just simple tanks, after all. That doesn’t mean that they’ll never encounter operational problems, though.

The first piece of advice that you should really take to heart is that you should never, ever put anything other than waste and bath tissue into the system. No dirty diapers, sanitary napkins, cooking grease, etc. These materials can and will cause problems.

Secondly, you’ll need to have your septic tank inspected annually. It’s going to need to be pumped out before it fills up, obviously, and an annual inspection allows not just for the checking of levels but also the discovery of any developing issues.

If you encounter problems with frequently clogged drains, toilet backups, sewer odors, etc., contact a professional plumber right away. When it comes to issues with your septic tank, it is always in your best interest to intercept the problem early on. The last thing that you want is for  your system to flood your property with its holdings.

Schedule your septic tank services with Experts Plumbing Services, LLC.

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