HOW A SEPTIC SYSTEM WORKS
A septic system is a self-contained, small-scale sewage treatment system very common in areas throughout the world that do not have access to governmental or private, commercial sewage treatment plants. In the United States, about 25% of the population depends on septic tanks and systems. These are mostly in small towns and rural areas as each system requires a large drainfield, making them unsuitable for densely populated cities. The term “septic” refers to the anaerobic bacterial environment that develops in the tank which decomposes the waste in the tank.
Roto-Rooter of East Idaho is the premier septic service provider. Preventative maintenance must be performed on a regular basis on septic systems. All household waste including food scraps, laundry water, cooking oils and grease and human waste products are flushed into a watertight septic tank. In this tank, the food and waste particles are broken down by bacteria so they can percolate into the drainage field outside the tank. The heavier solids settle to the bottom of the tank and accumulate as sludge. This sludge will continue to build up until it is necessary for the tank to be pumped out by a professional septic service. A vacuum truck is used for this job. For east Idaho septic services, we at Roto-Rooter of East Idaho are the professionals you need to call to do this job. It is vital to have your septic tank cleaned out on a regular basis. If the tank is allowed to become overfilled, the drainage field will become polluted with untreated liquid and solid waste; the system will become plugged and will require costly drainage field pipe and line replacements. A septic tank needs to be pumped out every two or three years and for your septic services in east Idaho, Roto-Rooter of East Idaho recommends using Roto-Rooter Septic Treatment to your septic system to maintain a healthy, free-flowing system. We advise using one quart of the liquid poured into a toilet bowl and flushed every four to six months and after each cleaning of your tank.
EAST IDAHO SEPTIC SERVICE MAINTENANCE
There are three major factors that will determine just how often you need to have your septic tank pumped out for proper maintenance:
- The number of people in the household.
- The amount of wastewater generated.
- The volume of solids in the wastewater. (Use of a garbage disposal is discouraged as this greatly adds to the amount of solids your system will have to process.)
The drainfield of your septic system does not require regular maintenance, but there are a few things you should do to help prolong the life of the field:
- Do not drive over the drainfield with cars, trucks or heavy equipment.
- Do not plant trees of shrubs in the area because roots can become a big problem if they get into the lines and plug them.
- Do not cover the drainfield with any hard surface like concrete or asphalt. Grass is the best cover of a drainfield because it will prevent erosion and will remove any excess water.
- Do not allow runoff water from roofs, patios or driveways to flood the drainfield.
Roto-Rooter of East Idaho is fully equipped to be your east Idaho septic services provider. We are always available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No job is too small or too big and we will not leave until the job is done. Our professional plumbers and technicians are highly and extensively trained for all septic system routine needs or emergency situations. Call us at (208) 523-4212 or fill out the form found on this page and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
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