It is important to fix toilets that leak and faucets that drip. “It doesn’t seem like a lot of water, but if you leave them dripping for a few months the extra water can over saturate your drain field.
Archive for December 2012
Did you know that as a homeowner you are responsible for maintaining your septic system?
Did you know that maintaining your septic system protects your investment in your home?
Did you know that you should periodically have your septic system inspected and pumped out by a septic professional?
If properly designed, constructed and maintained, your septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of your household wastewater. If your septic system isn’t maintained, you might need to replace it, costing you thousands of dollars.
A malfunctioning system can contaminate groundwater that might be a source of drinking water.
When you sell your home, your septic system must be in good working order.
If your like most of us today, you’ve just scrimped and saved and spent every penny you have to buy your new home. Right?
NOW! is the time to begin protecting that investment.
These 3 systems in your home are most important and WILL require routine care & maintenance:
1) Septic System
2) Plumbing System
3) Heating Systeem
So, protect your future NOW with proper care and maintenance TODAY!
DO NOT FLUSH these items down your toilet:
- baby wipes
- dental floss
- feminine hygiene products
- cotton swabs
- cigarette butts
- coffee grounds
- cat litter
- paper towels
- paints, pesticides, or other hazardous chemicals into your system
- In other words, nothing BUT septic safe toilet paper, should be flushed into your septic system
- Use Water Efficiently and install high-efficiency showerheads
- Fill the bathtub with only as much water as you need
- Turn off faucets while shaving or brushing your teeth
- Run the dishwasher and clothes washer only when they’re full
- Use toilets to flush sanitary waste only (not kitty litter, diapers, or other trash)
- Make sure all faucets are completely turned off when not in use
- Maintain your plumbing to eliminate leaks
- Install aerators in the faucets in your kitchen and bathroom
- Replace old dishwashers, toilets, and clothes washers with new, high-efficiency models.
- Use commercial bathroom cleaners and laundry detergents in Moderation. Many people prefer to clean their toilets, sinks, showers, and tubs with a mild detergent or baking soda.
- Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs might clog and damage the drainfield.
- Keep roof drains, basement sump pump drains, and other rainwater or surface water drainage systems away from the drainfield. Flooding the drainfield with excessive water slows down or stops treatment processes and can cause plumbing fixtures to back up.
As a new home owner, you want to be responsible and cautious and make sure your aware of how your septic system works. Crystal Clear Septic system treatment and maintenance products at www.crystalclearseptic.com are designed to help you care for your septic system on your own.
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- Eliminates Backups, Septic Smells and Foul Septic Odors
- Unclogs Drains and Blocked Leach Fields
- Reduces Frequent Pump Outs
- Restores Septic System Functionality
How will I know if there is a problem with my septic system?
If your septic system is not functioning properly, you may notice the following signs:
•Sinks, showers and toilets back up with sewage or drain slowly
•The lawn over the leaching bed has patches of abnormally healthy-looking grass
•There are soggy areas, areas with surfacing grey water, or areas with surfacing sewage on or near the leaching bed
•The lawn above the leaching bed is wet
•There is a sewage odor in your home or over the area of your leaching bed
The way in which a septic system works is pretty straight forward. They use natural processes and time to effectively break down household waste. This protects not only homeowners and their families, but also their property and the environment.
Keeping your septic tank in proper working order begins with good septic tank maintenance.
Basically, a septic system is smaller version of a municipal sewage treatment plant.
These types of systems are common in rural settings and areas that do not have easy access to city municipal services.
The key to this type of sewage system is the septic tank, without it, the outhouse would still be a common site along the many back roads and country lanes.
A septic system is made up of two main components; the drain field and the septic tank. It works by running the waste effluent through various stages inside the chambers that separate its internal makeup. The first chamber is the largest as it collects all the household waste water from the inlet pipe. As organic solids, commonly called sludge, enter the first chamber, they settle to the bottom. The sludge is then broken down and digested by different bacteria, some anaerobic but mostly facultative bacteria that produces a combination of carbon dioxide and methane gas. This helps stabilize the sludge and stops it from rotting. Most of the sludge will stay on the bottom of the tank, but a small amount will float forming a layer of scum.
All septic tanks are designed to allow the sludge to spend a maximum amount of time being exposed to the digestive bacteria’s. They do this by locating the inlet, overflow and outlet pipes diagonally across from each other. The pipes for the overflow and outlet are also vertically placed, forcing waste material to flow upward between stages. This makes the effluent travel a longer distance before entering the next phase of processing, furthering the break down of waste products during each phase.
After the semi-processed waste water leaves the first chamber via the vertical pipe overflows it enters the second chamber, forcing the waste water to go upward preventing large solids from getting into the second chamber. The same process is in place in the second chamber as in the first, as the organic matter is further digested and settled by bacterial microorganisms. The second chamber is normally about half the size of the first chamber and as a result, the effluent only spends about half as long processing before being discharged into the drain field.
The outlet to the drain field is located in the opposite corner from the overflow into the second chamber. Only waste water should be flowing into the drain field as all solids should have settled out into one of the two septic chambers. The waste water is further filtered and purified by the soil in the drain field before it is taken in by plant roots or filters downward to any ground water that exists in the area. The size of the drain field will be dependent on soil types and porosity.
Most septic tanks and systems are designed to use the pull of gravity to allow a natural flow of waste effluent from the home to its final destination in the drain field. In some instances, the lay of the land may not be conducive to a gravity fed system so a pump or pumps may be needed.
Your septic tank, drainfield, and reserve drainfield should be clearly designated on the “as-built” drawing for your home. (An “as-built” drawing is a line drawing that accurately portrays the buildings on your property and is usually filed in your local municipality building department’s records.) You might also see lids or manhole covers for your septic tank. Older tanks are often hard to find because there are no visible parts. An inspector/pumper can help you locate your septic system if your septic tank has no risers.