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How Your Septic System Works
The septic system is a small, on-site treatment and disposal system buried in the ground. A septic system has two essential parts: the septic tank and the soil absorption area. When household waste enters the septic tank several things occur: Organic solid material floats to the surface and forms a layer of what is commonly called “scum.” Bacteria in the septic tank biologically convert this material to liquid. Inorganic or inert solid materials and the by-products of bacterial digestions sink to the bottom of the tank and form a layer commonly known as “sludge.” Only clear water should exist between the scum and sludge layers. It is this clear water – And only this clear water – that should overflow into the soil absorption area. There are two standard size septic tank sizes for residential homes. A 1000 gallon and a 1500 gallon septic tank. Some homes also have cesspools. Cesspools are pits into which concrete, brick or cement block walls have been placed. Wastewater flows into the cesspool and drains or “percolates” into the soil through perforated walls. Cesspool sizes vary.
Contrary to popular belief all septic tanks need to be pumped on a regular basis to ensure the proper operation of the tank and preserve the life of the entire septic system. A 1000 gallon tank should be pumped every 2 years and a 1500 gallon septic tank should be pumped every 3 years. A cesspool should be pumped every year.
Knowing the location of your septic tank is very helpful for the technician to be able to service the tank. If you do not know the location of your septic tank, the Health Department at your local Town offices may that that information available.
After the contents of the septic tank have been transferred to the septic truck, the technician disposes of the contents at the local Sewage Disposal/Transfer Station
This is a unique additive to enhance septic performance. A scientifically developed blend of bacteria and enzymes, Enzyme Pac will biologically break down the organic built-up that can clog your septic system and cause odors.
Filters are designed to extend the life of your drain field by preventing solids from leaving the septic tank.
This corrugated pipe sits around the opening of your septic tank and will bring your septic tank access to ground level.