Your Central Florida septic system is designed to dispose of all your waste water, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Though you may not think twice about flushing your toilet, taking a shower, or doing laundry, all that water seems to disappear. It’s what makes your home functional and even comfortable.
But how much water can your septic system hold? We all know too much water can overwhelm the system, which can cause big problems. So, the questions is, how much is that? How much waste water can the system handle in a day?
All the water in your home eventually ends up in the septic tank, where the liquids and solids are separated. The liquids are slowly filtered out to the drain field through very small pipes and bacteria slowly breaks down the solids left in the tank.
It takes time for the system to process waste water. When it receives a lot of water in a day, it can wreck havoc by allowing the solids to build up blocking the small pipes going out to the drain field. Which results in foul odors, waste water backing up into the house or yard, and even damage to the drain field.
How do you know when the septic tank has reached or even exceeded its capacity level?
There are quite a few things that can cause problems to the septic system. Such as doing several loads of laundry in one day, host several people for dinner, or have a toilet that keeps running.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “The average indoor water use in a typical single-family home is nearly 70 gallons per individual, per day. Just a single leaky or running toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day.”
Check back with us next week, when we discuss just how much water is too much water for your septic tank. Until then, if you have any problems with your septic system contact Orlando Septic System.