Maintaining Your Septic System

Septic System Diagram 3What is a septic system and what does it do?

A septic system is a wastewater treatment system connected to your home that consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drain field.  All are underground.  Septic systems are used widely in areas not served by public sewer.  The purpose of a septic system is to carry wastes and wastewater away from your home and to treat it so that it is safe when it reaches the ground water supply, which is used for drinking water supplies and recreation.  Each part of the system plays an important role and must be properly maintained to function properly.

*     Do you know where your septic system is located?

*     Can you recall the last time our septic system was pumped?

*     How can you tell if your septic system has failed?

*     Does it help to add yeast to your septic system?

*     How do household cleaners affect your septic system?

*     How often should you have your septic system inspected?

*      How familiar are you with the septic system “DO’s and DON’Ts”?

For answers to these questions and more contact your local health department and visit- http://www.nesc.wvu.edu/pdf/ww/septic/pl_fall04.pdf

 

4 thoughts on “Maintaining Your Septic System

  1. Thanks for the information. To be honest, I didn’t even know that it’s necessary to maintain your septic system; I don’t even know where mine is! It seems to me like I should probably get a trained professional to come take a look at it. Would you recommend it?

  2. I’ve been asked these questions before, but never really knew how to answer them. that link really helped me out. Hopefully now my septic issues should recede a bit

  3. For those that have septic systems, it surprises me to see that people don’t take the best care of them. Even though it’s all underground, it does have to be maintained to work at it’s optimal performance. Imagine having a backup or a clog in the system and how bad it would make your home smell. Not that pleasant right? Do keep in mind that if that does happen, there are people out there that you can call to come and fix it.

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