is a septic Tank?
A septic tank is a living filter which seperates
scums and solids and
pretreats waste water before it flows out into
the drainage soil for
final cleanup. It takes 24-48 hours for this process
to be complete.
The tank contains natural waterborne organisms
suspended solids in the waste water. This process
helps clear waste
which could clog drainage.
Pumping your tank
Settled solids and scums must be removed from
the tank every 2-5
years. This assures sufficient capacity to retain
waste water long
enough for solids to settle in the tank.
About your drain field
The drain field is constructed to provide maximum
for the continuous flow of waste water from the
tank. An average
home produces 250-300 gallons per day. If soils
fail this waste
water has no place to go.
Soil bacteria must have air to work. If soils
flood, aerobic (or air
dependent) bacteria die off and waste (clean-up)
Sodium Seals Soil
Sodium in ordinary detergents, soaps and household
clay soils to chemically bond into watertight
layers which prevent
Septic System DONT'S!
Dont put these items in your septic system!
1. Caustic Soda, acids, copper sulfate or chemical
2. Motor oils or fuels
3. Plastic objects or disposable diapers
4. Fats or greases
5. Coffee grounds, egg or nut shells
6. Filter tip cigarettes, hair, dental floss
7. Sanitary napkins or Tampax
8. Paper towels or rags
9 Paints, solvents, waxes, polishes, coatings
10. Pesticides, poisons, or hazardous wastes.
Septic System DO'S!
DO use Septic Seep Weekly! Also:
1. Pump the tank every 2-5 years.
2. Keep maps and drawings of the system.
3. Keep maintenance records.