Some people are often grossed out just by hearing the words “Septic tank”. But the fact is, it’s one of the most important systems in your Dade County residence. It works by being the “go-to” place for all your wastewater and solid waste. (i.e. from the laundry, toilet, washroom, kitchen – you get the idea)
Once inside, these substances are the separated. Heavy, solid waste called “sludge” settles at the bottom, while the topmost part is called the “scum” which includes oil, fat and other protein. The middle portion has heavy, solid waste called “sludge” settles at the bottom, while the topmost part is called the “scum” which includes oil, fat and other protein. The middle portion has liquid that is called “effluent” (gray water). All these three layers are called septage.
The septic system is designed to function in a way that only the effluent or excess liquid goes to the drain field, leaving the sludge and scum behind. Even if bacteria breaks down all the solid matter in the tank, it needs to be pumped our periodically.
Here are some basic tips on septic tank care:
- Avoid draining too much water at a single time. Remember, it needs time to separate the gray water from the solid waste and scum.
- Check your plumbing system for leaks.
- Switch to high-efficiency toilets.
- Use the right load for your laundry in order to conserve water in your washing machines.
- Don’t wash all your clothes in one day. Try to spread this out to give you septic system time to recover and do its job.
- Don’t flush non-biodegradable products or chemicals down the drain like diapers, sanitary pads, cigarette butts, cat litter, cotton swabs, gasoline and bleach.
- If you own a garbage disposal, your septic system needs to be pumped more often.
- Give it some good bacteria: pour down a liter of spoiled buttermilk once every three months and flush it down the toilet.
- Ensure you get proper septic tank maintenance by calling professional Aventura plumbers like Douglas Orr Plumbing for regular check ups and pump outs. Visit www.OrrPlumbing.com to schedule a service today.