Septic systems collect all of the wastewater generated by a household and treat it, before it is released into the ground. In addition to a home’s toilets, all of the sinks, showers, tubs and washing machines are connected to the septic system. Therefore it’s important that the septic tank be sized according the the size of the household and amount of water that it uses. Generally it is based on the number of bedrooms. However a family that knows it does more laundry or takes more showers than average, may want a larger size. It’s also important to hire a Septic Services in Apopka, FL contractor to maintain it properly.
All of a home’s wastewater ends up in the septic tank. There are bacteria in the tank that treat it. Eventually it becomes sludge that falls to the bottom of the tank or liquid and grease that float to the top. There is an exit pipe that leads into the leaching field. When the liquid reaches a certain height, it enters the exit pipe and flows into the pipes over the leaching field. These pipes have small holes in them so that the water slowly seeps back into the ground. The pipes are usually two to three feet below the surface. They sit on a bed of gravel and sand. As the water leaves the pipes and flows through the ground, it is further treated.
The sludge at the bottom of the septic tank just sits there and waits for a Septic Services in Apopka, FL contractor to pump it out. How often a septic tank needs to be pumped depends upon how much waste is generated. The contractor will be able to help a family estimate the proper pumping schedule. Failure to pump out the tank can cause a septic system failure. The sludge eventually gets so high in the tank that it enters the exit pipe. Once this occurs pumping out the tank will not clear the pipe. It will need to be taken out and replaced. This is an expensive procedure because the area over it will need to be excavated.
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