Whether you own a home with a septic system or thinking about buying one, having it inspected is an important aspect. Something you will regret down the road later when you end up spending thousands of dollars in repairs.
Often times home inspections do not include septic systems, the tank or drain field. For the best results, they should be performed by a professional septic service, one that specializes in inspections. The last thing you want is to move into your new house and have waste water backing up into the bathtub every time you flush the toilet.
It is important to keep your septic system in good working order. There are many parts to the system, each plays a crucial role in removing all the waste water from your home. It is also important to understand how the septic system works.
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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
All water runs out of your house from one main drainage pipe into a septic tank.
The septic tank is a buried, water-tight container usually made of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene. Its job is to hold the wastewater long enough to allow solids to settle down to the bottom forming sludge, while the oil and grease floats to the top as scum.
Compartments and a T-shaped outlet prevent the sludge and scum from leaving the tank and traveling into the drainfield area.
The liquid wastewater (effluent) then exits the tank into the drainfield.
The drainfield is a shallow, covered, excavation made in unsaturated soil. Pretreated wastewater is discharged through piping onto porous surfaces that allow wastewater to filter though the soil. The soil accepts, treats, and disperses wastewater as it percolates through the soil, ultimately discharging to groundwater.
If the drainfield is overloaded with too much liquid, it can flood, causing sewage to flow to the ground surface or create backups in toilets and sinks.
Finally, the wastewater percolates into the soil, naturally removing harmful coliform bacteria, viruses and nutrients. Coliform bacteria is a group of bacteria predominantly inhabiting the intestines of humans or other warm-blooded animals. It is an indicator of human fecal contamination.