Most people do not think about their septic system and its function when everything is working the way it should be working. There are steps that homeowners can take though that would help ensure that it lasts for years to come. One of the biggest lessons to learn is what can and cannot be put down the drains if you have a septic system. This becomes especially true if you own or are planning to purchase a disposal system to put in your kitchen sink.
Septic systems separate grease, oil, and solids
Construction plumbing will overlap with the overall development process. But there is a general step-by-step outline you can expect the plumbing installation to follow. Ready to get started? Professional plumbers at Dan’s Plumbing and Septic are standing by to help take your new construction project to the next level. For quality, competitively priced plumbing and septic services, don’t waste another day.
Step 1: Study local building codes and secure permits
Every region will require different considerations and legal processes that must be followed before and during construction. But there are some universal norms established by the National Uniform Plumbing Code followed across the country. These codes and permits allow for a safe, smooth installation that will stand the test of time. A lot of the time, your general contractor will be helping you with this process.
Devices which control the flow of our waste are at work every single day, and when they deteriorate, you can have a sticky situation on your hands. Most often, homes use a system of gravity-powered piping which allow sewage to travel down the flow of pipes and enter a community line. This gravity system only works alone when the bathroom in question is above the elevation of a community line. If your basement or lower floor bathroom is not, then more than likely, you have a sewage ejector pump installed to push it up above the elevation line and allow it to flow by the force of gravity.
When the sewage ejector pump that your home relies on begins to fail
A properly maintained residential septic tank should never smell. That means a bad odor inside the home or near the leach field is not a good sign. Smelly septic tanks are a result of the presence of gasses in the system, including hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide and methane. The pH levels in these gasses are too acidic for the microorganisms in the tank to digest the organic matter, causing the tank to smell. Not only are these odors unpleasant, but a high concentration of a combination of these gasses can be explosive or even toxic. Luckily, septic tank odors may be remedied relatively easily using a few common household products.
Many septic tank additives claim to reduce the time and money required for maintenance. But with a lack of regulation or standardized testing and an abundance of misinformation, it is easy to walk away with more questions than answers.
Septic tank additives claim to provide a variety of benefits. Some additives claim to clean pipes while others break down fats, oils, and greases. Others advertise the ability to improve the bacterial flora in septic tanks and drain fields, limit solid biomass, or even reactivate a dormant system. And others will even claim that regular use of the additive will remove the need for pumping or cleaning the septic system at all. Basically, the alleged benefits
A septic tank system is a vital component of your home. While the system often goes unnoticed, it is hard at work twenty-four hours a day treating and disposing of your household waste. As the adage “out of sight out of mind” implies, many homeowners ignore or fail to schedule regular septic system maintenance. A neglected septic system can lead to a myriad of problems such as an unpleasant sewage odor, seeping or overflowing septic tanks and leach fields in addition to backed up or overflowing toilets that could introduce toxic sewage into your home.