Septic System Solutions
A guide to your septic system, maintenance, benefits and how PWM can assure you stay on top of your property’s needs.
How Most Common Septic Tanks Work?
Septic tanks work by allowing wastewater to sit and undergo a settling process. Solid matter and sediment sink to the bottom of the septic system, separating from the water. Over time, bacteria eat away at this sludge and break it down into more manageable materials. This also releases scum, like fats, greases, and oil. Scum floats to the top of the water’s surface.
After the solids are filtered, the filtered liquid wastewater, or “effluent,” is sent out through perforated pipes. These outlet pipes lead the water to what’s known as the drainfield or leach field. These outlet pipes lead the water to what’s known as the drain field or leach field.
The effluent slowly releases into the drain field and, over time, soil and gravel filter it, slowly removing impurities.
Finally, the wastewater percolates into our soil to get rid of any bad stuff in it. This includes potentially dangerous pathogens, like coliform bacteria. Harmful coliform bacteria are found in human waste.
There are four major factors influence the frequency of septic pumping
Why Maintain your Septic System
How to find your septic system
Failure Symptoms: Mind the signs!
Frequently Asked Questions
Homeowners should schedule septic pumping every 2-5 years. Some exceptions are if have a large family or a smaller tank. In these cases, it should be done more often. Homes with a garbage disposal should have it done annually. It’s also a good idea for new homeowners to schedule septic pumping and an inspection right after they move in if it wasn’t done as part of the real estate closing process.
Call PWM First
If you have a blockage and cannot get water to drain, you could have a problem with the pipes inside your house. It could also be a problem with a backup or clog in which waste enters your tank. Plumbers are excellent, they know many things, but they often have no experience dealing with septic systems. They can only diagnose what is going on inside of your house. They usually do not touch any part of the septic system because they are not familiar enough with it to diagnose or treat the problem.
Many people call for a septic tank service when they notice a smell. If you haven’t had septic tank cleaning performed in a while, it may well be time to make an appointment. Often there might still be a smell after having your septic system serviced. Here are a few items to check:
Circulate The Air In Your Home
Removing wastewater from your septic tank mixes the gases in the tank and can cause them to backtrack to your home. The odor should disappear in a few hours. You can speed up the process by running water down every drain. Drains are required to have water in the curve of the pipe. This water stops gas from coming back up into the building. You can also open some windows to allow air exchange.
Spills while Pumping Your Tank
Your septic contractor should be courteous to avoid spillage. But if your septic technician does a lousy job, it could leave you with septic waste near your house. No matter how disgusting the spillage looks and smells, please do not attempt to clean it yourself. It’s hazardous. Contact the original septic company to correct their mistake or consult a more competent septic provider such as the Poop Dudes.
Toilet Seal Might be Damaged
Toilets are attached to the floor with an airtight wax seal or ring. This seal prevents the flushed sewage from escaping onto the bathroom floor. It also inhibits the pungent gasses from filling the room. This seal can crack over time, and as a result, you might have a foul-smelling bathroom. The odor may be there until your septic tank is full again, and the process will also make the smell stronger. In this scenario, you should swap the toilet wax ring with a plumber for you. The smell is likely to be present before having your septic tank pumped, and the process can often worsen the smell. In this case, you can have a plumber replace the toilet wax ring for you.
Plumbing Vents Might Be Defective
When plumbing vents work correctly, they help to remove gases and odors from your plumbing system. The ducts are connected to vertical pipes branching from your mainline. These pipes lead to a vent on the roof that allows the gases to flow out of your home. When your ventilation vents work correctly, they regulate the air pressure in your septic system. However, when the vent is blocked, the gases are stuck in the system. This will disrupt air pressure and push foul odors through the drain, worsening after pumping. You will want to contact an experienced plumber to solve the problem.
If the smell doesn’t resolve or you notice other symptoms you should schedule septic tank service.
Watch for these signs: unexplained slow drains (sinks, bathtubs, and showers), sewage backup into your home (sinks, bathtubs, showers, sometimes laundry) wet or spongy spots in the yard (due to rain or other water source), grass that is unusually green over the septic system, and foul odor near the septic system.
By using the natural power of gravity to separate out the household wastewater into three parts: solids (sludge) at the bottom of the tank, grease (scum) at the top of the tank, watery mix (effluent) in the middle. During normal operations, the sludge and the scum remain in the septic tank while the watery mix flows out into the drain field. However, the sludge and scum need to be periodically cleaned from the septic tank to keep things flowing smoothly.
Sluggish drains and/or flushing, odor, surprisingly lush, green lawn over drainfield, standing water, & sewage backup.