Having a septic tank system can seem a little daunting if you've always been connected to your municipality's water and sewer supply. But, there are some great advantages to having one. Not only do you not have a utility bill for water and sewer usage, but you are actually helping the environment by disposing of your home's wastewater naturally. Here's everything you need to know about your septic tank system.
How does it work?
It's really simple, and requires no power source. Your home's wastewater will drain out for your home directly into the septic tank, where the solids will settle on the bottom. The wastewater towards the top of the tank will drain through a distribution box to the drainfield, buried beneath your yard. The drainfield is a series of pipes with holes that allow the waste water to slowly seep into the ground, where the nutrients from the soil and rocks purify it before it reaches the groundwater.
How do you maintain it?
There are two easy ways that you can maintain a septic tank system. Your daily routines and habits will go a long way towards keeping it running efficiently. And, you will need some professional maintenance.
How long will it last?
Depending on what the septic tank is made of, it can actually last practically forever. From time to time, you may have minor repairs on some of the pipes or other components. The drainfield is usually good for about 15 to 20 years, sometimes longer.
How do you know if something is wrong?
If things aren't working as they should, you'll get some indications.
And, there you have it. You may have to put a little more thought into maintaining your septic tank system. But, it's worth it. You're saving money and the environment at the same time.