SEPTIC SPOTLIGHT

ARE YOU A SEPTIC SUPER STAR???

Take this quiz and find out!

 1. What is wastewater?
A. water from a leaking faucet
B. sewage
C. water from a toilet cistern

2. What is a septic tank?
A. a big hole in the yard
B. concrete tank
C. a plastic container placed near the drainage pipes of the home

3. How many layers are formed within a septic tank?
A. three layers
B. one layer
C. two layers

4. What causes gases to form in a septic tank?
A. nitrogen and phosphorous
B. bad smell of waste in a sealed environment
C. bacteria breaking down organic matter

5. If you have a P-trap, what is it?
A. something to separate liquid from solid
B. loop of pipe preventing gasses from entering house
C. filter for the vent trap

6. What is a drain field?
A. hole with perforated pipes
B. container that catches rain
C. open field irrigated by filtered wastewater

7. How do you determine the size of a drain field?
A. budget
B. ability of ground to absorb water
C. size of backyard

8. Is a pump necessary for a septic system to work well?
A. 1. of course
B. 2. not if there is gravity
C. 3. only if it is a large system

9. How often should you pump your septic?
A. 1. every 2-3 years
B. 2. every time you have a back up
C. 3. never, it should just work

10. What determines the size of your septic tank?
A. amount of water usage
B. amount of bedrooms
C. amount of bathrooms

 

ANSWER KEY:
1. B
Wastewater comes from ordinary living processes: bathing, toilet flushing, laundry, dishwashing, etc. It comes from residential and domestic sources.
2. B
A septic tank is an underground chamber made of concrete, fiberglass, or plastic through which domestic wastewater (sewage) flows for basic treatment.
3. A
There are three layers that make up the wastewater in your septic tank: scum, sludge, and effluent. Each plays an important role in the function of your septic system.
4. C
Natural decomposition and mixture of sewage leads to production of sewage gases.

5. B
In a nutshell, a p-trap is a u-shaped bend in the waste pipe that connects a sink’s drain to a home septic tank or to a municipal sewer system. Under normal circumstances, p-traps always contain some water. The most critical task of the p-trap is to prevent noxious gases such as methane from making their way into a home.
6. A
Also called leach fields or leach drains, a drain field is a critical part of any well-functioning septic system. A drain field is used to eliminate and manage waste and impurities which come out of the water released from your septic tank.
7. B
The size of the drain field is based on the number of bedrooms and soil characteristics.
8. B
Pumps are usually necessary for septic tanks that sit lower than the drain field and gravity is unable to carry and/or push the effluent out of the tank.
9. A
Household septic tanks are typically pumped every 2-3 years.
10. B
The correct size of the septic tank depends mostly on the square footage of the house and the number of people living there.

 

0-3 CORRECT: SAD SEPTIC SALLY

4-6 CORRECT: SLIGHTLY BETTER BOB

7-9 CORRECT: SMART SEPTIC SAM

10 CORRECT!!! YOU ARE A SEPTIC SUPER STAR!

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