Septic tanks have a lot more to do with how your household works than you think. It’s more than just bathrooms involved. Every time you turn on a faucet, flush a toilet, or do a load of laundry, your septic tank is affected. That’s why the size of your tank is so incredibly important. Read on for more.
A Quick Breakdown on How a Septic System Works
Before you can fully understand why the size of your septic tank is so important, you first must understand how the whole system works. Every drop of water in your house flows from a drainage pipe into your septic tank. The tank, a water-tight container buried underground on your property, holds the wastewater long enough for the solids to settle in the bottom, forming sludge, which is broken down by bacteria present in the tank. The oil and grease float to the top and form the scum layer. The liquid wastewater slowly exits the tank into your drain field.
How to Choose the Right Size Septic Tank
You should always consult a professional before settling on a septic tank. Some of the factors they’ll consider are the total water consumption in the home, how many bathrooms are in the home, and how many people are living there. The general rule of thumb is that your septic tank should be able to hold twice your daily water usage.
The Wrong Size Can Lead to Problems
The wrong size septic tank for your household can lead to expensive problems in the long run. You may have to have your tank pumped more often than usual to prevent overfilling. An overfilled septic tank can lead to dangerous and toxic sewage backups, both inside and outside the home.
The experts at Affordable Pumping Services will be able to make sure your septic tank is sufficient for your household. Call for all your septic tank needs!