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A septic system is made up of two parts, the septic tank and a tile field. Waste material from the house enters the septic tank slowly so that the solids can settle to the bottom and form a sludge layer or rise to the top and form a scum layer. In between these two layers is a liquid waste canter that, over time, slowly flows out into the tile field, through the gravel-filled tranches and into the soil below. The soil acts as the final filter in the treatment of waste.

When waste enters the tank, a bacterium begins to break down the solid materials. This process is called “decomposition.” AS a result of decomposition, solids are reduced, leaving a residue behind in the tank. As time passes, the remaining residue builds up and must be removed to prevent it from entering the tile field and clogging the system. By having you tank pumped as recommended you can prolong the life of your septic system. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

The frequency at which the tank should be pumped will vary depending on the size of the tank and how much water and waste is being pumped into it daily. We recommend having it pumped every 1-2 years.

No we do not recommend that every home have a garbage disposal to grind up any food particles that unavoidably get rinsed into your sinks. We DO NOT recommend using your disposal as a garbage can! Also DO NOT put harmful materials down your drains such as: fats, oils, solvents, or solids like plastic, paper towels, sanitary napkins or disposable diapers. Avoid using excessive amounts of bleach or antibacterial soaps.

Plumbing or drain back-ups.
Gurgling sounds in any pipes or drains.
Slow drainage.
Odor, surface sewage, or wet spots in drain field area.

Do's & Don't

DO have your septic tank pumped out by a licensed operator regularly.
DO know where it is located. Have an easy way to reach it; and make sure it can be pumped out.
DO try to limit the amount of kitchen waste you put into the system through the garbage disposal.
DO make normal use of bleaches, detergents, soaps, bowl cleaners, or drain openers.
DO use a septic additive on a regular basis to help break down the soilds in you tank, thus helping your system to remain trouble-free and working at optimum performance

DO NOT allow heavy vehicals to drive over the tile field; the drain tiles will be damaged
DO NOT allow trees and shurbs to grow over the septic field.
DO NOT allow large amounts of water to be drained into the septic tank at the same time. For example: do not run the dishwasher and take a shower at the same time if possible.
DO NOT connect downspouts, sump pumps, or water softener backwash to the septic system.
DO NOT put harmful materials doen your drain such as: fats, oils, solvents, or solids like plastic, paper towels, baby wipes, sanitary napkins or disposable diapers.