Do you know how does a septic tank work?  As far as I know, it is easy to understand and the science behind the mechanism is actually simple. It is as easy as understanding how air and water finds its way to open spaces.

How Does A Septic Tank System Work – An Environmental Benefit

For septic tanks, this simple science has made a lot of plants growing healthy up above the system underneath.  Do you have plants above your septic drainage system?  Meaning, are there plants located just above the drainfield of your septic system?

If yes, these plants are benefitting from the minerals that are being released from your body every time you sit on the toilet bowl or stand up to urinate.  No kidding!  Think of organic fertilizers that farmers are using.  The same minerals released through organic fertilizers can be found in human fecal and urinal discharge.  Now, think of how that system can help in environmental issues.

Septic Tank System Explained

Let us go into the details of how septic tank systems work.  First, every time you use the toilet bowl, you pump into the water tank both solid and liquid wastes.  The bacteria inside the tank go into action after that and break down the solid matter into nutritive chemicals.  This process leaves off a fine sludge deposit on the tank’s bottom.

As residual solid material accumulates at the bottom, water that’s filled with nutrients goes up and escapes through a horizontal pipe leading into the drainfield.    All these lead to the fertilization of the soil above where plants are embedded.

Now, after years of using your septic tank, the sludge can reach a height where the pipes are located.  When this happens, the result is clogging of your toilet bowl.  No matter how much force you apply downward, the toilet will remain clogged until the problem under is corrected.

When you see the toilet paper floating, that’s probably the time to call a pumping company to pump out the sludge and bring the septic tank to a new start.

How Much Sludge Can A Tank Take And How Long To Fill?

Usually, it takes 15 to 20 years to plug off the system.  So, to save you time and spare you from calling a cleaning service company, when it’s not actually needed, take note of the time when the septic tank was installed.  If possible, know the dimensions of the septic tank and ask some cleaning companies about the fill-up time range.

Health Hazards

SepticTank DetailNow that you understand how the system works, it is in your hands whether you will give your family full protection or not.  Don’t wait for the time when bad odors start filling the air.  We are talking of bacteria which can easily move into the air and mixed up with clothing and food.

If you suspect there are problems brewing underneath, call service men at once. Get a company that has one-day service for sewer and cleaning.  You can’t let the family’s health be on the line, can you?

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