Septic System Maintenance & Tips for Peak Efficiency
There are four main components of your septic tank:
- the pipe from the home, through which all the wastewater from your home exits,
- the septic tank, a watertight container in which the wastewater settles into the sludge on the bottom and grease & oils settle as scum on top,
- the drainfield or aeration units which provide further filtration,
- and finally, the soil, which filters out all contaminants before the wastewater eventually returns to groundwater.
There are also four key things you can do to protect your septic system and help it to operate at peak efficiency:
- Get your septic system pumped every 2 to 3 years
- Use water efficiently
- Don’t dispose of household hazardous wastes in sinks and toilets (cleaners, paper towels, etc.)
- Maintain your drainfield with good soils and drainage. This is something that can be checked at the same time as your scheduled septic pumping service.
Septic tank maintenance can be quite simple as long as a few things are done regularly to avoid damage to your system. Below, we have included some information that you may find helpful for keeping your system up to date and operating efficiently.
In the end, these simple steps can save you the expense of having to replace a failing or failed system costing several thousand dollars.
Other reasons to maintain a healthy septic system are to protect water resources and to prevent the spread of infection and disease. Typical pollutants found in household wastewater are nitrogen, phosphorous, and disease causing bacteria and viruses. A properly working septic system will effectively remove all of these pollutants.
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County Environmental Health Services
Environmental Health Services managed by Ohio counties are the governing body regarding septic systems, the regulations and coding. There is where you can find the latest updated information regarding sewage treatment systems specific to your area.
ACME Septic Tank Cleaning is providing you with these links to the Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne County’s Environmental Services websites.
These are the counties ACME Septic works in as well, so please feel free to contact us for assistance, information or for a free estimate.