Basic Tips On The Functionality Of The Septic System

Posted on: 3 September 2017


The septic system functions as the main drainage unit for your home's water supply. The septic system works by transporting the water and waste located in the pipes from the sinks, bathtubs, dishwashers and washing machine. Typically, the septic system function in the background requiring little or no maintenance. However, there are certain things you should do in order to ensure that your septic system remains in working order, preventing it from backing up or overflowing in the house. The information provided below offer some basic tips on how the septic system should function properly:

Overall Septic System Mechanism

The septic system unit is housed in a concrete box, sealed off and buried somewhere around the exterior of the home. The septic system is equipped with a layering system that separates that water from the dirt, scum and other debris that flow out of the home through the plumbing system. The purpose of the septic system is to take the dirty water and other particles from the home and dump it into the ground sewage system. The septic system also contains a drain field unit that works as a filtration system, which is how the contaminated water is separated from the clean water entering into your home.

Performing Maintenance Inspections

When you first have your septic system inspected for maintenance purposes, you should have the unit pumped out. The septic unit should then be inspected around every two to three years, depending on its size. However, if you are uncertain on the time frame in which you should have your septic system inspected, consider consulting with a contractor. Other inspections should be conducted more frequently to check over the electrical float switches as well as manual and mechanical pumps. This will ensure that the septic system remains in working order.

Causes Of Backflows In The Septic System

The easiest way to avoid excessive fees is to have your unit check as soon as you notice there is an issue. In addition, small children have a tendency to put things into the toilet that may go unnoticed, which can cause an issue in your septic system. There are other issues that can create problems and clog the septic system such as female hygiene products, diapers, and grease. When the septic system backflows into the home, it can create foul smells because sewage is flowing through the pipes. This may be an indicator that it's time to replace the drain field unit to your septic system.

If you are experiencing issues with your septic tank, consider consulting with a contractor about septic system maintenance.