The more you understand about your septic system, the more it makes sense to take care of it. While it may be disgusting, it does a very important job. It is working 24/7 365 days a year, breaking down waste and filtering it safely back into the ground. It is also one of your home’s most expensive utility.

Your septic system can be compared to a gross layer cake

Just like a layer cake, your septic tank has three layers. Heavy solids make up the bottom layer, food scraps and human waste, known as “sludge”. The middle layer is the “effluent” layer, and the top layer is called “scum”, it is the floating layer made from grease and oils. It is the middle layer that is broken down by the naturally present bacteria, treated and eventually finds it ways to the drain field.

It is the bottom sludge layer that builds up over time and needs to be pumped out every couple of years. If not, backups can happen and/or untreated waste can make its way to the drain field and compromise it.

What does your toilet paper say about you?

There may be a lot of gross stuff in your septic tank, but there is usually a thick toilet paper layer on the top if you use a septic safe brand or Scott, in the process of breaking down. If you use something not as septic safe, such as Quilted Northern Family or Charmin, there are typically a thick cotton chunks of stuff on the top

You would be amazed to find out what people put down their drain

We’ve seen it all, goldfish, diapers, yeast, wipes, small toys, plastic, and so much more! The best thing you can do for your septic system, don’t flush things that don’t belong. Also, make sure it is regularly serviced.

When was the last time you had your septic tank pumped and system serviced?

If you can’t remember, it is probably time. Contact Orlando Septic Service, we have affordable rates and will keep your system running smoothly.