How Does My Septic Tank Work?

Often times we take for granted just how our septic system works. It’s really easy to just have a septic system service come out and pump it regularly and forget about it entirely. However, it’s important to know how your septic tank works so that you don’t get taken advantage of by a dishonest septic and sewer service that wants to charge you an arm and a leg for a simple pump out.

We want to help you understand what needs fixing and what needs replacing, that’s why we have put together this comprehensive guide of how your septic tank and your septic system work together.

In order to give you an idea of how your septic system works, we’re going to walk you through the steps of how the water moves from your house out to the ground. Starting at your house’s drainage system the waste then flows to your septic tank. Once here, the waste is separated into sludge that sits at the bottom and water that continues to travel into the pipe coming out of the septic tank. The sludge that builds up is what generally clogs up the septic tank and causes the need for a septic tank pump out.

Once the water moves on from the septic tank, it travels to a distribution box. What this does, is split the lines into different directions in order to disperse the waste equally. These pipes are called field lines. They are perforated, meaning there are holes in them that allow the waste to flow in to the ground. In a perfect world, this system continues to work for many years without a hitch. However, it isn’t always quite that simple.

One of the reasons it might not be as simple is the placement of your septic system.  Before putting in a septic tank, it’s necessary to take a look at where it will sit on your property. There are a number of factors that can dictate how well your septic tank and system perform, but where it sits beneath the ground can influence how often you need it pumped out and a variety of other septic problems. Because of how a septic system operates, it can impact the way that waste diffuses within the ground. For instance, if your property sits in a basin, your fills lines may be causing your system to back up after a hard rainfall. Because of all the rainwater, your septic system may not be able to diffuse the water into the ground as fast as anticipated.

Now that you have a basic understanding of how your septic tank and system work, you can be confident that you aren’t being taken advantage of by any sewer and septic system services. And if you’re ever in any doubt, give Richards Septic a call. We would be more than happy to offer any advice, ideas, or service in order for you to feel confident that your septic and sewer system is operating in the best way possible.

Give us a call at 615-262-0667 today.


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