Keep Your Septic System Working Great

August 1st, 2016

Septic systems are utilized by homeowners living in locations not adequately serviced by municipal sewer lines. While septic systems offer exceptional support for residential plumbing drainage, they will require occasional servicing in order to continue operating in the most optimal way. Expert Services- Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical has been helping septic system owners keep their drainage fields in excellent condition. We have the expertise and equipment required to repair and install these valuable systems, so give us a call whenever you have any concerns.

Steps to a Healthy Septic System

Grey and black water exiting a home is channeled into a large holding tank buried in an optimal location nearby on the property. The tank is filled with colonies of bacteria that work hard to decompose the organic matter. Because this natural process is highly sensitive to various cleaning products, homes served by septic systems should take care to select detergents, toilet paper, and other products that are rated as safe for use in septic systems. If the wrong products are used, then the decomposition process is disrupted and the septic system will cease working correctly. This is perhaps the most common problem experienced by home owners unfamiliar with the nature of septic systems. Other problems can be caused by disposing of inappropriate items down drains, including:

  • Grease
  • Coffee grounds
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • Large or solid food pieces, such as chicken bones

These can clog the lines leading to the septic tank and cause poor drainage from the house into the tank. Large obstructions can even cause the line to eventually back up, which leads to improper draining, bad odors, and even water damage to structures and landscaping.

Regular septic system servicing is required to clear out the decomposed matter that settles at the bottom of the septic tank. If this sediment is not removed, the system stops functioning correctly and can even overflow. Annual checks by Expert Services- Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical are recommended. We can verify that your system is working correctly and address any concerns at that time.