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An Overview of Your Septic System

Every time you drain a sink, wash clothes, run the dishwasher, and flush the toilet you might wonder where the waste goes. If your Suffolk County home is not connected to the town or city sewer system then the waste goes into a septic tank and drains into the cesspool also called a drainage field. You should have a basic understanding of how your septic system works in order to better understand how important maintenance is.

The Sewage Process

The solid waste and wastewater drains through the mainline into the septic tank. In the septic tank gravity separates solids from liquid waste. Solids settle at the bottom of the tank. This is referred to as sludge. Liquids and lighter wastes float to the top to form a scum layer. Natural bacteria created by the solid waste consumes up to 60 percent of the solid waste. The septic tank removes most of the solid waste before the wastewater enters the cesspool. It is recommended that you have a licensed septic contractor pump the sludge and solid waste from your septic tank every two years. You may need more or less maintenance depending on factors such as how much water you use or how many people live in your house. Regular septic maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs to your septic system.

What is the Cause of Septic System Problems?

Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your septic system in good working order. You will most certainly run into problems if you don't keep up with septic tank maintenance. Remember that the sludge accumulates at the bottom of the septic tank. If too much sludge remains in your septic tank it can result in solids entering the cesspool causing drainage problems because the solids block the soil surrounding the cesspool. If the wastewater can't drain properly it could back up into your home. The last thing you want is for sewage to end up in your home. Not only is it difficult to clean, but it is also hazardous to your health.


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