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Septic Tank

A septic system collects wastewater from toilets and showers, garbage disposals, washing machines and dishwashers. Solids sink to the bottom of the septic tank, while liquid waste exits into a buried drain field.

Bacteria digest the contaminants in wastewater before it enters groundwater. These bacteria produce gases, including hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg odor). Click the to know more.

Septic tanks are typically made of concrete or steel. Plastic tanks are becoming increasingly popular because they are less expensive.


When it comes to septic tanks, regular pumping is the most important maintenance task. This is because the septic tank collects all of your household wastewater and waste from toilets, drains and sinks, and allows time for the bacterial germs to settle before it is pumped out of the system into the surrounding absorption field. If not pumped regularly, the septic tank can overflow and cause a lot of mess and damage to your home and yard.

If you notice standing water in the yard or near your septic tank, it is a sign that you need to have it pumped. The water could be from a clogged drain field or it could be from too much rain. If you notice this problem, wait a couple days to see if the ground dries out a bit before calling in professionals to handle the situation. Mud and debris from the saturated soil can get into your tank.

How often you need your septic tank pumped depends on the size of your home, the number of people living in it and the amount of soap, shampoo, detergent and other household products used. A family of four will produce more waste than a single person, so their septic tank will need to be pumped more frequently.

During the pumping process, a technician will use a device called a muckrake to break up scum and sludge. This makes it easier for the sewage to be removed and processed. The technician will also take this opportunity to inspect the septic tank and overall septic system for damage, identifying any potential problems and making recommendations for future maintenance or repair.

Some homeowners have septic systems that include a distribution box, which distributes the wastewater evenly among multiple regions of a drain field. The distribution box sits lower than the septic tank and utilizes gravity both to receive wastewater from the septic tank and to distribute it throughout the drain field. If you plan on buying a property with a septic system, you should always submit an offer contingent on having the septic tank and distribution box inspected. If the inspections come up clean, the seller is more likely to accept your offer.


A septic tank is a water-tight container that receives all waste from a home’s plumbing. As the wastewater drains into it, it separates into 3 layers: scum, effluent and sludge. Scum is the layer of oils and fats that float to the top of the waste as it separates from the water. Special compartments and the tank outlet prevent scum from leaving with the wastewater. Effluent is the liquid that leaves the septic tank after scum has floated to the surface and sludge has sunk to the bottom of the tank. Sludge is the solid waste that sinks to the bottom of the tank and is decomposed by bacteria.

When a septic tank is full, it needs to be pumped. The tank should be pumped every three to five years, depending on the size of the septic system and number of people living in the home. If a septic tank is not pumped regularly, it will clog and cause wastewater to back up into the house’s drains. You should look for signs that a septic tank is too full, including slow drainage and foul odors.

If you are looking to buy a property with a septic tank, we recommend having the system inspected by a professional. A septic tank that is not properly maintained can lead to groundwater contamination, which may result in health problems for you and your family. To prevent these issues, have the septic tank inspected at least once every two to three years. It is also important to keep a record of tank pumping, inspections and maintenance. If you’re buying a home with a septic system, make sure the seller provides a copy of the tank’s inspection report. You can also ask the seller to have a septic tank pumping company give you an estimate for how often the septic tank will need to be pumped.


While you can help keep your septic tank in good condition with best practices such as getting it pumped regularly and watching for the regular warning signs, sometimes things go wrong that are beyond your control. If your septic system is damaged, it is important to get it repaired as quickly as possible so that further damage does not occur and the sewage can be prevented from entering your home.

The septic tank is linked to the drain field, also known as a leach field, by a pipe that is buried underground. The drain field is a large open area of your yard that is a natural soakage field and the liquid waste from the septic tank flows into it, where it is absorbed by soil. The soil acts as a filter and purifies the wastewater even more before it enters the groundwater supply.

There are some things that you can do to help prevent your septic tank from becoming damaged, such as reducing the amount of water used in your home. You can do this by installing low-flow toilets and shower heads. Another way to reduce your water use is by collecting rainwater for gardening or flushing the toilets.

Signs that your septic tank is damaged include the drains in your home running slowly or, worse, backing up with sewage. You might also notice puddles in your yard and wet spots on the ground when it has not rained.

A professional can help you determine if the problem is caused by heavy rain or a serious issue that requires septic tank repair services. A clogged or damaged septic tank can lead to leaks into the absorption field and home, which is not good for your health or your wallet.

The most common repairs that septic tank repair companies do include lining the inside of the septic tanks to make them watertight, replacing the dip pipe and baffle to ensure that only liquid waste flows into the soakaway field, and repairing the baffle that stops solid waste from entering the soakaway system in the first place. Some septic tank repair companies also offer services to help you reduce the amount of water that your septic tank uses.


A septic system treats all of the wastewater that drains from your home’s toilets, sinks and bathtubs. This includes both white waste (flushable items) and gray water, which is used for laundry, dishes and non-flushable bathroom and kitchen products. A septic tank has a large chamber that holds the liquid waste while microorganisms digest and break down solids. The liquid then flows into the absorption field or drain field, which is a network of perforated pipes that allow wastewater to seep through soil layers and eventually evaporate or enter groundwater sources.

If the septic tank is not pumped regularly, the sludge layer in the bottom can build up and clog the drains in your home. This can cause sewage to back up into your home, which poses a serious health hazard.

The best way to avoid this is to have your septic tank inspected and emptied every three to five years. When a professional inspects your tank, they will take note of the height of the sludge and scum layers to help determine when you need to have the tank emptied. A good service will also provide you with a record of the inspection, which can be used to keep track of your septic tank maintenance.

In addition to having your septic tank emptied frequently, you should also do some preventative maintenance around your home and yard. This can include limiting the amount of soaps, detergents, bleaches and other household chemicals that are used. These substances can damage the bacterial balance in your septic tank and reduce the efficiency of your septic system.

A well-maintained septic tank can last for decades and run without issue, but you will need to take steps to maintain it. Failing to do so can result in harmful sewage seepage into your property, above-ground drainage systems or groundwater supplies. This is a major and costly disruption that you’ll want to avoid.

The New Year is the perfect time to give your septic system some extra care and attention. A septic system is often out of sight and out of mind, but the simple act of having your septic tank inspected and drained can make all the difference to its longevity.