Everyone Should Know About Septic Tank Systems
you are like most people, you know very little about your septic
tank systems. This is understandable! In urban and suburban areas
there are sewers to carry household waste to municipal wastewater
treatment plants. In more rural areas, however, septic tank systems
provide the functions of both sewers and treatment plants. All household
waste is disposed of through the septic system. The proper operation
of the septic system is essential to health, property value and
Away View of Your Total Septic System
Hints for Maintaining your Sewage System
the septic tank pumped out every 2-3 years. This will remove the
accumulated sludge and scum which would otherwise reach the tile
field and cause blockage resulting in a malfunctioning sewage
system and therefore costly repairs. This is the single most effective
maintenance service to ensure a long-lasting sewage system.
is always wise to practice water conservation.
soaps and detergents that are low in phosphates. Most automatic
dishwashing detergents contain high concentrations of phosphates.
not flush hazardous chemicals such as paints, varnishes, thinners,
waste oils, pesticides, photographic solutions etc.
not flush coffee grinds, dental floss, disposable diapers, kitty
litter, sanitary napkins, tampons, cigarette butts, condoms, fat,
grease, oil, paper towel etc.
not allow vehicles including snow machines and ATV's to park on
or drive over the area of your yard which contains the septic
roof drains, surface water, sump pumps and house footing drains
away from the sewage system
systems should have a good cover of grass, ventilation and sunlight.
Trees and shrubs should not be planted over sewage systems. However,
trees and shrubs planted between your sewage system and a water
course would be beneficial to the environment.
alert to this signs of a failing system:
surfacing over the tile field
back-up in the house
ground or greener grass in the area of the septic system
draining toilet or drain
these hints will help to ensure a long-lasting sewage system, avoid
expensive repairs or replacements, protect public health and protect
Section of a Healthy Septic Tank
solid material floats to the surface and forms a layer of what is
commonly called "scum". Bacteria in the septic tank biologically
convert this material to liquid.
or inert solid materials and the by-products of bacterial digestion
sink to the bottom of the tank and form a layer commonly called
fairly clear water should exist between the scum and sludge layers.
It is this clear water - and only this clear water - that should
overflow in the soil absorption area.
Section of a Contaminated Septic Tank
material overflowing into the soil absorption area should be avoided
at all costs. It is this solids overflow that clogs soil pores and
causes septic systems to fail. Two main factors cause solid material
to build up enough to overflow: Bacterial deficiency and lack of
must be present in the septic tank to digest the organic solids.
Normal household waste provides enough bacteria to digest the solid
UNLESS any harm is done to the bacteria. Bacteria are very sensitive
to environmental changes. Many home-care products used in most homes
every day will destroy bacteria. Check the labels of the products
you normally use.
of the the services required for proper maintenance of your septic
tank system can be provided by Ace Septic Pumping.
Your Tank and Lines
you do not know where your tank is located don't worry! We have
a solution to that problem!
flush a small electronic sending unit and then we can tell where
your tank and lines are located.
a Simple Septic Tank Pumping Just Won't Do - More Complex Problems
your problem is more complex, all is not lost! There are alternative
repairs that can be made to inground break-downs. These problems
can be identified by an on-screen visual aid which can be easily
viewed by you explained by us so that you can have a better understanding
of the complication that has occurred in your system.
vehicle should be the only one you see, every 2-3 years if all is