Last updated 5 days ago
One in three Americans rely on a septic system for the treatment of wastewater. Since septic systems require only occasional maintenance, it can be easy to forget about the septic tank and drainfield buried in your backyard until a problem arises. To become more in tune with your septic system, take a few moments to educate yourself on the inner workings of that large subterranean tank in your backyard.
Wastewater and Gravity
Gravity is a major force in the treatment of most wastewater, as it sends water downward with help from the water pressure of a flush or a running tap. Once through the drain, wastewater travels through pipes, eventually reaching the septic tank. Although there are a few different types of septic tanks and systems, they all work in the same general way.
Separation of Waste
Wastewater is separated inside the septic tank, again with the help of gravity’s pull. Heavy solids sink to the bottom, while the solids that are lighter than water float to the top. Between the layer of sludge on the bottom and scum on the top is where the watery liquids settle.
Decomposition of Solids
High-performing septic tanks are treated with bacteria that help break down the solids that collect in the tank. Once biodegradable solids have decomposed, the leftover liquid is pushed from the tank to the drainfield, which filters the wastewater before it returns to the area’s groundwater supply.
Now that you know how septic systems work, you will be better equipped to detect problems early on and contact a technician before issues develop into serious and expensive repair jobs. If you suspect that something is not right with your septic system, or if it has been a while since you last had your system inspected or pumped, call Drain-Pro Inc. at (253) 235-4833. We proudly serve residential and commercial property owners throughout the Tacoma area.
Last updated 15 days ago
Any property owner who has experienced septic system problems in the past has a strong incentive to keep her septic system in the best possible condition. For tips on caring for your septic tank check out this brief video.
In this video, a septic expert outlines the dos and don’ts of septic care. In addition to discussing what can harm your septic tank and what can prolong its life, this video offers room-by-room advice for streamlining your water use habits and minimizing the strain on your septic system.
Installing low-flow toilets and shower heads and ensuring that no medications or harsh chemicals enter your septic system are good steps, but there is no substitute for annual inspections. To speak with a trained and experienced Tacoma-area septic and sewer maintenance professional, contact Drain-Pro Inc. at (253) 235-4833.
Last updated 21 days ago
Septic systems are designed to make the lives of their owners easier, and most of the time they do. When a septic system is neglected or misused, however, the resulting mess can be enough to make a property owner forget that his septic tank was ever helpful. The first rule of septic system maintenance is to monitor the system’s capacity and hire a professional to pump the septic tank before it overflows. To determine how frequently you need to have your tank emptied, consider the following factors.
Size of Tank
Septic tanks come in several different sizes. Water use habits and other conditions being equal, a larger tank will require septic pumping less frequently than a smaller tank. Since larger tanks tend to be used by larger households and commercial entities, and smaller tanks by smaller households, the tank’s size alone does not provide enough data to predict how often the tank should be emptied.
Frequency and Rate of Use
Most septic tanks near maximum capacity after three or four years of use, but consistently heavy use can cause a septic tank to fill in a year or less. If you have a smaller septic tank that is regularly used by five people, you should keep an eye on your tank’s high water alarm, if it has one, or hire a septic repair professional to inspect your septic tank annually.
Even if your septic tank is equipped with a high water alarm, it is smart to have the tank checked once a year for irregularities that could be hindering its performance. It is also essential to avoid detrimental habits; for example, introducing harmful chemicals and materials into a septic tank can cause it to fill at an accelerated rate and create other problems.
Has it been more than a year since you had your Tacoma-area septic system checked or your septic tank pumped? To ensure that your septic system is operating efficiently and to spare yourself the misfortune of dealing with an overflow, hire an experienced and reliable septic maintenance professional. To speak with a highly skilled septic expert, call Drain-Pro Inc. at (253) 235-4833.
Last updated 24 days ago
Since most of your property’s plumbing system is located underground, you may not notice certain problems until considerable damage has been done. The best way to quickly locate and identify a plumbing problem is to have a professional send a small camera though your pipes.
If your water bill is higher than usual, if the grass above your sewer line appears brighter, or if you experience a sewage backup, there’s likely something wrong with your plumbing or sewer system. A professional can pinpoint the problem by sending a camera down your drain and recording your pipes. Opting for a video inspection before you dig up your yard can help professionals determine how best to perform repairs, ultimately saving you time and money. If tree roots show up on the video, for example, the sewer repair team will know where to provide pipe root cutting services.
The sewer maintenance team at Drain-Pro Inc. can provide swift video inspection at any time, day or night. Call our Puyallup location at (253) 235-4833 if you require any kind of septic system repairs.
Last updated 1 month ago
Homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to improve their home systems. Like other conscientious homeowners, you probably work hard to maintain your furnace, water heater, and other appliances. Many homeowners also attempt to make septic system maintenance less complicated with chemical and biological septic tank additives. But are they actually effective? Read on to find out.
Septic Tank Basics
To understand the role of septic tank additives, you first have to know how a septic system works. After water goes down the drain, it flows into the septic tank. Once in the septic tank, some solid waste floats to the top while some sinks to the bottom. In the middle is effluent, which eventually flows out of the septic tank and into the nearby drainfield. The solids accumulate in the tank over time, and need to be pumped once every three to five years.
Benefits of Tank Additives
Numerous tank additives have been developed to dissolve septic tank solids, allowing more time to pass between pumpings. There have been many studies about septic tank additives over the years, and there is much disagreement over the additives’ effectiveness. Proponents say that tank additives help increase the presence of bacteria in the septic tank, reducing the accumulation of oil, grease, and solids.
Those who are against septic tank additives say that septic tanks already have enough bacteria to sufficiently break up solids. They also claim that breaking up these solids can cause them to drain into the soil in liquid form, thus contaminating the surrounding environment. The Environmental Protection Agency does not recommend the use of septic tank additives, and some chemical additives are illegal in the State of Washington.
For help making sense of the septic tank additive debate, contact the septic tank experts at Drain-Pro Inc. We provide Tacoma-area residents with all sorts of septic tank services, including maintenance and repairs. Visit our website or call us at (253) 235-4833 to find out how we can improve your septic system.