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5 Basic Guides to How Septic Systems Work for New Homeowners
5 Basic Guides to How Septic Systems Work for New Homeowners

5 Basic Guides to How Septic Systems Work for New Homeowners

As a new homeowner, you may not have an idea how your septic system works. In this article, we will provide an insight into how septic systems work for new homeowners.

Water Is a Septic Tank

A septic tank is an onsite sedimentation tank which collects the waste that gets flushed out of a building or property. It is usually made of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene; and treats wastewater through the process of biological decomposition and drainage.

How Septic Systems Work

A septic system comprises of a septic tank, drainfield, pump tanks, and distribution box. When you flush waste down your drains, it makes its way into the septic tank through drain pipes. Once the waste is in the septic tank, it gets divided into three categories—sludge, scum and effluent.

Over time, the bacteria present in the septic tank will break down the sludge and scum, converting them into pretreated effluent which then exists the tank into the drainfield.

The drainfield then absorbs and disperses the effluent wastewater until it seeps into the groundwater.

How to Keep Your Septic System Healthy

Proper septic system maintenance is essential to keeping all the components of your septic system in good shape.

Routine septic system maintenance reduces the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns, saves you from spending a lot of money on expensive repairs, and extends the lifespan of the unit.

Here’s what you can do to maintain a healthy septic system:

  • Make your property more water efficient
  • Install an effluent filter on the outlet of the septic tank to keep solids out of the drainfield
  • Direct gutters and downspouts away from the drainfield
  • Be careful about what you put down your drains
  • Keep your septic tank lids closed and secured
  • Pump out your septic tank as needed

If you need help with septic system maintenance, get in touch with Router Septic Services.

How Frequently Should You Pump Your Septic Tank as A New Homeowner

The average household septic tank should be pumped and emptied every 2 to 5 years. However, it is important to consider factors like household size, septic tank size, total wastewater generated, and volume of solids in wastewater.

Larger households generate more wastewater, meaning septic tanks in these households should be pumped out more frequently. Smaller septic tanks fill up faster, so they should be pumped out more frequently as well. 

Regular septic tank pumping ensures sludge, effluent and scum do not build up to a level where they can interfere with the functioning of the septic tank.

Why New Homeowners Should Hire a Reputable Septic Company for All of Their Septic System Needs

As a new homeowner, you can expect your septic system to develop problems at some point, thereby requiring the intervention of a reputable septic company. Your septic system may fail due to various causes. Whether you’re in need of septic tank repair, septic tank pumping or drainfield repair, you should work with a septic company with a proven track record.

If you’re looking for a reliable septic company to help you with your septic system needs, get in touch with Rooter Septic Services.