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To understand what is involved in septic tank pumping, it is first important to understand what a septic system is, what it does and how it works. A septic system is, very simply, an underground treatment system for household sewage. A typical septic system consists of 4 components: the pipe from the house, the septic tank, a drain field and the soil. Damage or malfunction of any of these components can cause the system to fail which can result in soil and drinking water contamination and costly repairs or replacements by the homeowner.

Contact Info:
Name: Billy Fowler
Email: info@asapadvancedseptic.com
Organization: ASAP Advanced Septic & Drainage, Inc.
Address: 5011 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
Phone: (813) 986-6070

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Septic Tank Pumping - How Your Septic System Works and Maintenance Tips

When doing a search for "septic system" you will find many companies offering products that will amazingly clear up all of your septic problems and save you the cost of having to install new leach fields.

When considering a product like this I think a little common sense must be exercised. First of all, let's consider a few things before you rush out and purchase one of these products.

The first thing you want to think about is what type of septic system do you have? In a traditional gravel system there are a few common things that will cause your septic system to fail. I have listed these below.

Outlet baffle has disintegrated and solid material is making its way into the leach fields. Keep in mind that some older tanks do not have a center wall baffle dividing the tank into two separate compartments -- when this happens there is nothing to prevent solid material from making its way into the drain field once the outlet baffle has failed.

I won't go into other issues regarding the failure of alternative septic systems as the reasons for failure are just too many to list in one short writing. Suffice it to say you should go back to the original installer of your system and let them do the troubleshooting. The reasons for alternative septic system failure can be the same as those listed above, but can also be attributed to the mechanical components. If you are overly ambitious you can attempt to educate yourself on how your alternative septic system works and troubleshoot yourself, but I believe it wise to find a professional and have them assess the situation. Often times a good installer will be willing to troubleshoot the problem for free and provide you an estimate to repair the work. Best to call a Licensed Septic System Company to be certain your waste water tank and drain field are working properly.

How it works

A very basic explanation of how the system works begins with waste water leaving the house through the plumbing network inside the house to the pipe leading to the septic tank. The tank is buried underground and is usually constructed in a water tight manner of concrete, fiberglass or polyethylene. It is intended to hold the waste water long enough to allow the solids to settle to the bottom (to form sludge) and the oils to float to the top (to form scum). Some of the solid waste decomposes as well. There are compartments and a “t” shaped outlet from the septic tank that prevents the sludge and scum from leaving the tank to travel to the drain fields. Once the liquid enters the drain field, it is filtered through the several layers of soil for the final treatment by removal of harmful bacteria, viruses and nutrients.

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Septic Treatment Solutions - Do They Work?

Municipal wastewater effluent contains pollutants that are destroying our environment. These effluents are discharged into lakes, ponds, rivers and oceans, killing sea life and even harming humans. The excess phosphorus causes the most common problem. Phosphorus is an essential part of our ecosystem which supports the growth algae and aquatic plants. Many fish depend on these algae and plants for their survival. But excess discharge of phosphorus as organic wastes in industrial effluent & sewerage is destroying the sea life. The algae grow unnaturally fast, disturbing the natural growth and thus the quality of the food for the fishes get destroyed. Fish respires on the oxygen under water, due to this reason the oxygen level decreases and they cannot survive. Phosphorus also releases dangerous chemicals and bacteria that harm us, if we come in contact with that contaminated water or eat fish from that polluted river.

- Inspection: Many tanks are reported to suffer from leaks and to get clogged. Any leakage or clogging can cause serious issues and spread out of pungent odors. To avoid this type of situations, you should make regular inspections of your tank.

- Additives: Many people try to reduce the pumping activities by using septic tank additives. These additives are said to break down the sludge and scum inside the reservoir.

Maintaining a regular schedule of septic tank pumping will help keep your system running efficiently and will save you hundreds of dollars in expensive system repairs.