The Environmental Protection Agency’s website has information for all septic system owners. Here are just a few pieces of helpful info from the site!
Septic Systems Overview
Did you know that more than one in five U.S. residences utilize septic systems? This includes both individual and small cluster systems. Homes with septic systems are typically found in suburban and rural regions that don’t have access to a central sewer system. They use natural and artificial processes to filter water and waste from toilets, showers, washing machines, and other plumbing fixtures.
How Your Septic System Works
Septic systems typically have two main parts: a septic tank and a drainfield/soil absorption field. The tank separates “solids” like oil, grease, and waste from the water. Then, the remaining water is drained out into your drainfield or soil absorption field. The “solids” remain in the tank until they are pumped out by a septic tank company.
Why Maintain Your Septic System
When compared to the price of repairing or replacing a malfunctioning system, which may cost thousands of dollars, routine maintenance costs are significantly lower. This maintenance will also protect your property value. The cost to repair a defective septic system will likely be factored into any seller’s offers. A properly working system also keeps you and your neighbors healthy. A broken system may release toxins into surrounding bodies of water.
These are just a few helpful pieces of information that can be found on the EPA website. We bet you learned a lot from it! So, think about how much more you can learn by visiting the site and reviewing more information. Knowledge is power when it comes to avoiding septic tank issues in the future! Contact Affordable Pumping Services if you think your septic tank needs professional maintenance.