Know How To Handle Your Septic System

Posted on: 25 August 2023

People have always needed a place to put the wastewater they produce. In the past, the answer has been things like latrines and cesspits. In modern times, municipal sewer systems and water treatment plants are much more common. However, some people can't access the sewer line because of where they live. Those people still have to have a way to handle their wastewater: septic systems.

Septic Tanks

These tanks are made out of plastic or resin. They come in various sizes. The tanks are made up of two chambers. The tank also comes with a series of pipes that have holes drilled in them. The pipes are the drainage system. They let the filtered water from the tank leech out into the soil around it. The tank and the pipes are buried, with the tank's access pipe either slightly above or under the ground. The access port needs to be easily accessible for tank management. The tank will also be placed away from any well or water source. 

Tank Management

Managing your septic tank starts with knowing what can and can't be flushed down the tank. In general, you should look for things that say they are septic-friendly. Your septic tank can be picky, and putting harmful stuff down the drain can cause your tank not to work well. Harmful chemicals can kill the helpful bacteria in your tank that help deal with the solids in your wastewater. There are laundry detergents and other cleaners that are friendly to your septic tank, so they are easy to find. You also need to be careful about what you wash down your kitchen sink and avoid grease and oils going down the drain. 


The most crucial tank management task you need to do is to have your tank pumped out on schedule. What that schedule is depends on how much use your tank gets and how big it is. As your tank gets used, it builds up sludge in the bottom, and it runs out of space. Pumping out the tank removes all that stuff and gives you more space in your tank. If you don't pump your tank, you can end up with an overflowing tank. 

You need to have a way to handle your wastewater. A septic tank can be that for you. 

Contact a septic system service in your area to learn more about maintaining one of these systems.