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What are the components of a septic system?

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  • A pipe from your home to the septic tank
  • The septic tank, which is where wastewater, sludge, and scum accumulate
  • The drain​ field, also known as the leech​ field, where wastewater is directed after going through the tank
  • Soil, which filters the wastewater and aids in removing bacteria and viruses from it
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How often should a septic system get an inspection?

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Septic tank inspections should  occur at least once per year. Some systems may require more frequent inspections. A homeowner can perform these inspections on his or her own, but hiring a professional is recommended. Contractors who regularly work with these systems generally have a better idea of what to look for and can better identify problems....Read More

Where is a septic tank usually located?

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Septic tanks are usually located, space permitting, behind the house. To locate the septic tank look for the entry point. If the entry point is buried and there is no map, start by looking at the direction of the outbound pipes in the basement. Follow the pipes away from the house to locate the tank. Locate the piping and tank by using a probe (usually a metal rod which can be inserted into the ground). Once you find the piping and the tank, sketch a map for future use....Read More

What is the process for checking whether the septic system is functioning properly?

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To test the septic system, flush the toilets, turn on the faucets, and run any appliances that use water, like the dishwasher or washing machine. If water drains noticeably slowly, there could be an issue in your septic system that needs immediate attention....Read More

How often does a septic tank need to be pumped?

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Pumping is usually necessary every three to five years, but it ultimately depends on the size of the tank, the number of people in the household, and the types of appliances that are used. For example, a family of six with a 1,000-gallon tank might pump every 1.5 years, but a family of three with the same size tank might pump closer to every four years. Additionally, garbage disposals fill up the septic tank more quickly and result in the need to pump more often....Read More