On Friday we got as far as the Septic Tank. What happens next? What happens inside that tank?
Today’s picture or drawing is fairly easy to see and follow. As we all know there are many different and unique designs available for septic systems, some of which have been used for a very long time and others are new more technologically advanced systems. The important thing to remember for today is that virtually all of the systems start with a relatively common septic tank.
These tanks can be built from metal although that is not recommended as the metal tanks can and eventually will rust. A tank with a rust hole in it is an obvious environmental problem and as the homeowner that is certainly not something you want to be involved with.
Tanks are often built out of Fiberglass which is strong and relatively light weight. The fiberglass tanks have many benefits and in some situations are very popular. I’ve seen fiberglass tanks come in all sorts of shapes and sizes although they are usually either round or cylindrical to maximize the strength.
Most, probably 90%, of the septic tanks are built as Pre-Cast Concrete tanks primarily because of their strength, durability, and relative low cost. The chances of your septic tank being concrete are overwhelming.
The septic tank is where the effluent (nasty stuff) first begins its past to becoming non-toxic. Raw sewage enters the tank, the solids fall to the bottom and form sludge. The sludge is where helpful bacteria actively work to break down the solids.
Septic Tank bacteria is a valuable friend and needs to be cared for so that the system works well. Almost all damage is done by using the wrong types of Laundry Products.
Unfortunately many people constantly use Bleach to make their clothes clean. Regrettably that same bleach will quickly kill off the tank’s bacteria. Without active septic tank bacteria working the tank will fill with sludge and then the system is apt to clog.
The BEST way to care for your septic tank is to be very selective with your laundry products. Read the labels, choose products carefully, and you will avoid costly repairs.