First time property owners who have never experienced the use of septic tanks may find this very interesting. Especially, when it comes to maintaining the system to prolong its usage to handle their needs.
Save big money by understanding how does a septic tank work-and what can go wrong-so you can perform your own septic system maintenance. A well-designed, properly installed septic system can last for decades-or fail in just a few years.
1. All waste flows to the septic tank.
2. Watery waste, called “effluent,” fills most of the tank. Anaerobic bacteria begin breaking down the organic material in the effluent.
3. A layer of sludge falls to the bottom. Sludge is composed of inorganic solids and the byproducts of bacterial digestion.
4. A layer of scum floats to the top. Scum is primarily composed of fats, greases and oils.