How Conventional Septic Systems Work

June 11, 2021 4:24 pm Published by Writing Staff

If you own a septic system or are considering purchasing a property with this type of system, it’s important to understand how septic systems work. While each system may have its own nuances, there are a few basics that will give you a solid foundational knowledge of the system’s operation and necessary septic system maintenance. Here’s what you need to know.

The main components

A basic understanding of how septic systems work should start with learning the main components of the system. Most septic systems consist of a tank and a drain field. You may also hear the field referred to as an absorption field. The field typically also includes access points that resemble manholes.

The flow

Water flows through a septic system in three main stages. First, it leaves your home and enters the septic system through a main drain. Once in, the wastewater undergoes a separation process. The septic system is designed to prevent the solids that gathers inside it from moving into the drain field.

Lastly, the liquid that exits the tank enters the drain field, where it filters into the soil. This process of treatment and traveling through the soil removes bacteria and viruses from the water as it is absorbed. 

Maintenance issues

At times, septic system maintenance may be necessary to keep a system operating smoothly. If you own a septic system, watch for the following signs that you need to contact a professional for repairs.

  • Odors around the drain field or tank
  • Backups in your kitchen and bathroom drains
  • Spongy areas in the drain field

To minimize the repairs needed on your system, it’s important to schedule regular septic system maintenance. Have the system pumped by a professional at least once every 5 years. Your local septic experts can perform this inspection and advise you of any further preventative maintenance you should complete to minimize future repairs or replacement. This proactive approach to septic system maintenance will save you time, money and hassle in the long run.

Professional partners

Of course, you shouldn’t trust your septic system maintenance to just anyone. Look for an established company that has experience with your type of septic system. Ask for references or check online reviews to see what kind of experience you can expect when working with a particular company.

We keep your system working

Since 1981, Countryside Construction Inc. has successfully assisted builders, homeowners and commercial contractors with septic design, septic installation and septic servicing. We have earned a reputation for quality, performance and reliability in the wastewater management industry. From the initial soil analysis to acquiring the necessary septic permits, design, installation and ongoing maintenance, we’re here to meet all your septic system needs. Contact us today with any questions about your system or to schedule your next service appointment.

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