How Conventional Septic Systems Work

If municipal sanitary sewer systems are not available, you will need a septic system to dispose of wastes from your home or business. The most common type of septic system uses an aerobic tank or leach field chambers to break up the waste and return the clean water back into the ground. If you have a septic system or need to have one installed, call a California septic system expert for maintenance or installation.

There are many different types of conventional systems for septic tanks, but the thing they all have in common is that they treat the wastewater in a tank. Anaerobic bacteria don’t need air, so they are the perfect organism to break down the solids in the tank. There are three layers in the septic tank. Much like how oil floats at the top of water, the septic tank has three layers of waste. The top layer has lighter solids and grease that get broken down by the bacteria. The bottom layer is heavy solids that great broken down while wastewater stays firmly in the middle.

The wastewater is treated and released into the leach field where it will be filtered further by the gravel and soil. By the time it reaches the groundwater, it’s crystal clear and free of waste.

This septic system can last decades if you take the time to have regular inspections by your local septic system experts. It’s also important to keep an eye out for any signs that your system is clogged or cracks. Cracks in the tank can lead to water pooling on your property and clogs can lead to trouble flushing or slow drains.

 If you notice any of these problems, you should contact a septic repair specialist immediately. Waiting can exacerbate the problem and leave you with a higher cost to repair.