What Homeowners Should Know About Their Septic System

What is a septic system?

A septic system is an on-site wastewater treatment system that processes and treats sewage from homes and other buildings. Septic systems are typically used in rural areas where there is no access to public sewer systems.

How does a septic system work?

Septic systems work by using bacteria to break down sewage into water and other materials that can be safely returned to the environment. The process of treating sewage with bacteria is called biological wastewater treatment.

What are the different types of septic systems?

There are three main types of septic systems: aerobic, anaerobic, and facultative. Aerobic septic systems use oxygen to treat sewage, while anaerobic septic systems do not. Facultative septic systems can use either oxygen or not, depending on the conditions.

What are the benefits of septic systems?

Septic systems have a number of benefits over other wastewater treatment options. They are less expensive to build and maintain than public sewer systems, and they can be used in areas where public sewers are not available. Septic systems also provide some level of treatment before sewage is discharged into the environment, which can protect water quality.

What are the drawbacks of septic systems?

Septic systems can be a source of pollution if they are not properly maintained. Sewage from septic tanks can leak into groundwater, and effluent from septic systems can pollute surface water bodies. Septic systems can also create health risks if they are not designed and installed properly.

What homeowners should know about their septic system?

  • Do not flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper: Flushing anything else, such as feminine hygiene products, diapers, or cleaning wipes, can clog the septic system and cause it to fail.

  • Use water efficiently: Septic systems are designed to handle a certain amount of water usage. Using less water can help to extend the life of the septic system.

  • Be careful what you put down the drains: Avoid pouring oils, grease, or chemicals down the drains as these can harm the septic system bacteria and lead to system failure.

  • Maintain the septic tank: Keep the septic tank lid accessible and free of debris so that it can be inspected and pumped as needed.

  • Have the septic system inspected regularly: Having the septic system inspected every 3-5 years can help to identify any potential problems so that they can be fixed before they cause serious damage.

If you have any questions about your septic system, or if you need septic tank repairs, contact Fuller-Wente Inc. They are experts in septic system design, installation, repair, and maintenance. They can help you keep your septic system in good working condition so that it can continue to provide benefits for you and the environment. Visit their website for more information at www.fullerwenteinc.com or call them at 217-234-8336.