So, you recently bought a new home. Youve moved in your furniture, set up your utilities, repainted the living room and used cleanroom adhesive mats. But what about the septic system?
A lot of homeowners are pretty clueless when it comes to their septic. You dont need to be an expert but it is important to have a basic understanding of how a septic system works, so you know what can go wrong.
To help you out, heres a quick overview of a standard residential septic system.
1. The septic tank
When you flush your toilet, wastewater travels through underground piping to your septic tank. From there, it will slowly be broken down.
Solid waste settles to the bottom of the tank, where it will naturally decompose. Light, cleaner wastewater rises to the top of the tank as it breaks down and eventually moves on through the pipes. This process is all self-contained and doesnt require any electricity.
2. The leach field
When light wastewater leaves the septic tank, it is dispersed into an open underground area known as a leach field.
There, the water is naturally filtered through the soil on your property. By the time it reaches groundwater, it is completely clean and safe.
3. Maintenance and repair
As long as youre taking care of your septic system and investing in regular inspections, it should function for as long as you own your home. Try to use water in your home efficiently, and never flush trash down your toilets.
If you ever notice signs of septic damage, such as weak flushing, a funny odor, or water pooling in your yard, call a local septic company right away. The faster you have that damage fixed, the less youll have to worry about in the future.