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Septic Systems 101: 7 Common Questions from Homeowners

Posted by ADB Septic on October 24, 2017

Common Questions About Septic SystemsThough your septic tank is a critical part of your home, these systems are often perplexing for first time homeowners. Whether its knowing when to schedule a septic tank inspection or pondering the benefits of septic tank replacements, it’s likely that you may have many questions about your septic tank.

In an effort to help you get the most out of your septic tank maintenance, here are some answers to several common questions about septic tanks.

What is a distribution box?

Usually, a distribution box is a 2x2 foot cement box that has 2-3 holes in it-- the leach field lines attach to this part. The distribution helps to distribute the liquid from the tank out evenly along the leach field lines. The distribution box does not need to be pumped at the time of the septic pumping (as a part of your routine maintenance)

What does a leach field do?

Essentially a leach field contains a group of pipes — they are typically 20-40 feet long)— that extend out from your distribution box. The pipes feature small holes along the sides that leach out grey water from your septic system. From there, the leaching field pipes are laid over dirt and gravel to help initiate the filtration process, which occurs naturally. As the water, leaks out of the leach field lines, it will filter through the ground. From there it enters the natural hydrologic cycle of the earth.

How do you maintain a healthy septic system on a budget?

Cutting down on your water usage throughout the house is one of many simple and inexpensive methods for maintaining your septic system. Beyond that, be sure to not throw anything down the toilets, sinks or drains that shouldn’t be in the septic system. Finally, it’s important to try and use more environmentally friendly cleaning products as well as less harsh chemicals.

What is okay to flush down the toilet?

It’s better to err on the safe side. Even if household items are marked as “septic safe”, it’s best not to flush them. For instance, some baby wipes and cat litter bear the label suggesting they are septic safe; yet, it’s not good for your septic system to flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper, as it won’t break down properly.

If you have children, be sure to teach them what they can and can’t flush down the toilet— remember, when children are young they just know that whatever goes down the toilet disappears, without the burden of ramifications. If you have any questions regarding what you can or can’t flush down the toilet, check out this blog post.

What’s the main cause of septic system problems?

By far, the worst mistake homeowners make with septic systems is to pretend they don’t exist. Ignoring scheduled regular septic pumping services will damage your system in the long term. Partaking in regular septic system maintenance is the best way to prolong the life of your septic system.

How can I tell if my septic system is failing?

Usually when a septic system fails, the djainfield is not functioning properly. When a septic tank overflows, the effluent can pass to the djainfield, clogging up the pipes. This inevitably causes sinks and toilets to back up in the house. Other signs of a failing septic system include: slow draining toilets and drains, an odor of sewage, wet area on or near the djainfield or contaminated well water.

If your septic system is failing and the effluent is not adequately treated, your septic system can contaminate the well and nearby streams. 

How long do septic systems last?

Septic systems are designed to provide long-term treatment of household waste  when operated and maintained properly. However, improper maintenance is the main reason that septic systems fail prematurely. Less serious problems are usually with plumbing (such as pipe blockages from tree roots growing into the pipe). Sometimes, the septic tank, although durable, can deteriorate or have other structural problems. The most serious problems are the result of a clogged djainfield; unfortunately, these problems are expensive to repair. Once the absorption field is clogged, it must be replaced and can cost thousands of dollars.

ADB Septic | CT Septic System Services

A.D.B. Construction & Septic Corp. is a septic services business in Manchester, CT. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers all over Hartford County and beyond with a full slate of services. With over 20 years of experience, we have completed countless projects of all scopes and sizes. Needless to say, there is nothing we can’t do when it comes to septic tanks, sewer systems, basement waterproofing, drains, and more.

Our business is committed to meeting your needs and completing your job with the utmost professionalism and precision. We put your satisfaction, safety, and comfort at the forefront of our priority list. When you hire us, you can achieve complete peace of mind

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