How Does A Septic Tank Work?
Where septic tanks are located?
A septic tank is a buried water tight container that is typically made from concrete, fibreglass or polyethylene plastic. It is responsible for collecting and storing all of the wastewater from your household plumbing prior to distributing it through a drain field.
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Why do you need to collect wastewater in a septic tank?
Wastewater is stored in a septic tank so that the organic material as well as oils and grease can be separated from the water. The organic material will typically reside at the bottom of the tank and turn into sludge whilst the scum (oils and grease) will float to the top of the water.
Septic tank maintenance
Septic tanks are often overlooked when it comes to maintenance with owners leaving the tank alone for long periods of time. You need to ensure that you have your tank pumped out at least once a year to avoid the risk of a failing septic system.
What is a failing septic system?
A failing septic systems is when the sludge and scum build up to a point where it makes its way up both the inlet pipe and outlet pipe of your tank. This blockage will then cause your home to be backed up and dramatically increase the risk of flooding.
Benefits of a septic tank system
Septic tank systems have been used in rural areas for decades but more recently are becoming popular in residential applications. A lot more people are now looking into septic tank systems for their new homes to help cut down their water usage.
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