What are the different parts of a septic system?
Needing septic services is just another responsibility of homeowners that live in an area where having a septic system instead of relying on public waste disposal is necessary. What exactly does this mean, though? You may be familiar with having a septic tank inspection done – and you may even be experienced with the process of cleaning out and emptying a septic tank to essentially start fresh, but what else can happen?
There are a few basic components of the septic system that you should know about, and they include:
The holding tanks, where the wastewater travels through as it is cleaned and processed. There may be more than one chamber in a single tank, or two separate sections of tank – it depends on the construction of your septic system.
The septic pump will help facilitate the water’s movement through the system, ensuring that the water is drained out and removed as it should be, even if the elevation of the tank is below the drainage field.
Septic aerators may not be present in all systems, but when they are, they are used as a means for agitating the water and adding in oxygen, which helps to break down the bacteria and solids within the system.
Septic tank lids and covers are the most exposed portions of your home’s septic system, and they act as the barrier – and an access point – for septic tank maintenance and care. These lids cover the openings of the system, giving inspectors and homeowners a way to more closely monitor the status of their system.
Septic Services Cover a Broad Variety of Components
When you schedule a septic tank inspection, you’re actually getting more than a simple visual inspection; you’re receiving a service from someone that is trained and highly capable of providing you valuable information that goes beyond giving you an “all clear” or telling you what is necessary to fix your septic tank components. The septic services provider will be able to tell you more about your system, give you some ideas as to changes you can make – the amount of water you use, the introduction of septic tank treatment products, whether or not your tank is on schedule for recommended use and drainage routines – this information is important, and getting it from a trusted source is even more important.
As with all machines that feature moving parts, the ones that are in use most often will typically be the ones that need replacement first. Things like septic pumps, septic system aerators and even the septic tank lid (because it is removed and accessed during inspection and is commonly visible above ground) often need to be repaired or replaced before other things like drainage pipes, the tanks themselves or the screens, flaps or connectors within the systems.
To learn more about what may be necessary for your septic tank, schedule an appointment for inspection today. It’s the first step in finding the right solutions for your septic tank, but it’s the most important, too.