This probably comes as no surprise to you, but when you work as a plumber, occasionally you have to get messy. It isn’t every day on the job that we have to wade into flooded basements, or investigate clogged septic tanks, but those days do come around. And we love them just like every other day! Plumbing is an exciting and always interesting job. Today we will spend some time talking about one particularly interesting topic in plumbing – septic tank maintenance.
About Septic Tanks
The odds are, unless you live in a very curious home indeed, you do not have a septic tank attached to your home plumbing system. Septic tanks are usually found in off the grid locations. Places like cabins which are not attached to the municipal sewage system. They provide individuals with a way of disposing home waste if no other infrastructure is present.
How Septic Tanks Work?
Waste travels through a drain pipe to a location away from the home. This is where the septic tank is located. Solid waste falls down into the septic tank where it will break down over time. Some septic tanks may utilize chemicals or other compounds to facilitate the breakdown of solid waste. Water waste is discharged into a drainage field. The water gradually percolates through the soil which acts as a natural filtering process.
Elements of Maintenance
One of the most important elements of septic tank maintenance is minding what you flush. Never flush anything down the toilet that is not waste or toilet paper. Solid objects could create clogs and cause problems. Occasionally, your septic tank may become full. If this happens you will need to have the septic tank drained. Don’t worry, this is a routine part of septic tank maintenance. How often you get your septic tank drained will depend largely on frequency of use.