Last updated 6 months ago
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Last updated 6 months ago
Septic systems play a critical role in waste storage and treatment. Understanding how septic systems work can help you prevent problems and ensure that your home’s wastewater is properly treated. In some cases, however, it is necessary to decommission your septic system altogether. Here is some useful information you need to know about septic system decommissioning.
What Are Septic Tanks?
Generally, septic tanks are large tanks made out of concrete or steel that is buried underground. As wastewater enters the septic treatment tank, it naturally separates into several layers. Bacteria help breakdown the waste, producing gases as a byproduct. Septic tanks play an important role in waste treatment, and they also ensure that wastewater is properly removed from your home without unpleasant leaks.
What Is Septic System Decommissioning?
Septic systems contain many harmful bacteria and other contaminants. When kept in good repair, your septic tank won’t leak, meaning that you and your family will be safe from any potential health problems. If neglected over a long period of time, however, these contaminants will eventually begin to leak out of a septic tank. In addition to causing an unpleasant sight and smell, leaked wastewater can also pose a serious health risk to you and the members of your community. For example, leaked wastewater will eventually make its way into water sources used for human consumption. The purpose of septic system decommissioning is to safely remove the wastewater from a septic tank so that it no longer poses a health risk.
If your home has a septic system, it is important to understand how it works. Having a thorough understanding of how septic systems store and treat wastewater can help you prevent serious repair issues and save money in the long run. Even more importantly, understanding septic treatment and the process of decommissioning can help you protect the health of your family and community. To learn more about septic system decommissioning, call A Wesco Septic at (360) 668-6561.
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When your home relies on a septic tank for wastewater treatment, it is important to practice good water usage and waste disposal habits. Following a few simple precautions can prolong the lifespan of your septic tank, prevent damage, and decrease the chance of leaks. Here are four things that should never be put into your home’s septic system.
Most homeowners know that they should not use their sinks to dispose of grease. Doing so can cause frustrating clogs. However, in addition to causing clogs, grease can also create blockages in your septic system. For this reason, it is important to avoid disposing of grease in your sink or in any other drain that goes to your home’s septic system. Instead, make sure to properly dispose of grease in the trashcan before you clean your dishes.
Two: Baby Wipes
It’s often tempting to use your home’s toilets as all-purpose disposal machines. Indeed, many of us are guilty of flushing baby wipes and paper towels down the toilet, for example. However, doing so can cause problems in your septic tank. Solid waste like paper towels and baby wipes can pile up in your septic system, potentially causing blockages. Even in the cases where a blockage does not occur, adding extra solid waste to your septic system will simply cost you more, as you will have to get the system pumped more frequently.
Three: Strong Medicines, Such as Antibiotics
Septic systems contain a wide array of living organisms and bacteria that help to break down human waste. If, for whatever reason, these bacteria die, your septic system will no longer be able to treat the wastewater from your home. Dumping antibiotics, for example, down your sink or toilet can devastate the bacteria in your septic system.
Like antibiotics, pouring large amounts of bleach into your septic system can kill the helpful bacterium that breaks down human waste. For this reason, it is important to make sure that, when you use bleach to clean your toilet, for example, you use only the amount prescribed.
In addition to regular maintenance and inspection by a professional, taking care of your septic system simply requires due care and common sense. By disposing of everything correctly and keeping additional solid waste out of your septic system, you will prolong your septic system’s lifespan and save money. To learn more about septic system maintenance or to have a technician service your septic system, call A Wesco Septic at (360) 668-6561.
Last updated 7 months ago
Thousands of homes across the country rely on septic systems to treat their wastewater. Whether homeowners are doing laundry, washing dishes, or flushing the toilet, all of the water used ends up going through the septic system.
In this video, you will learn about conventional septic systems. Failing to properly maintain your home’s septic system can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a dry well or drain field, and the soil itself. The septic tank stores the wastewater and separates out the solid waste. The drain field or dry well disperses the treated water into the soil.
To learn more about how conventional septic systems work, call A Wesco Septic at (360) 668-6561. Serving the residents in the Snohomish and King County areas, we can service your septic system or install a new one. Contact us today—we can be reached 24/7.
Last updated 7 months ago
Different septic systems have different needs. Some septic systems will demand more service and attention than others. There are a number of factors that influence how often your septic tank should be serviced, including its age, its size, and the number of people contributing waste to the septic system. Here are a few things to consider in determining when you should have your septic tank serviced.
When Was Your Last Inspection?
Having a professional septic repair service routinely inspect your septic system is certainly a good idea; it is also the best way of truly knowing whether or not your system is in need of attention. The National Small Flows Clearinghouse recommends annual septic inspections in order to maximize your tank’s lifespan. Professional septic tank inspections enable homeowners to spot potential problems with their septic system early on, and are instrumental in determining when your tank needs maintenance or repair.
How Old Is Your Septic Tank?
Older septic systems will naturally require more maintenance than newer ones. If properly maintained, older septic systems can be perfectly safe and reliable and do not require additional pumping. Still, drain fields and pipes that were built long ago may need to be adjusted or replaced. An annual inspection will likely identify any age-related problems in your septic system.
How Big Is Your Tank?
Generally speaking, having your septic tank pumped every two to three years is fine for most systems and households. Smaller tanks, however, will need to be pumped more frequently, depending on the number of people in your home. A 500-gallon tank managing waste water from a family of four should be pumped every year, while a 1000-gallon tank can likely last between two and three years without being pumped. Always get regular inspections and speak with a professional about septic tank service for the best results.
A Wesco Septic offers septic tank inspection, maintenance, pumping, installation, and repair to customers throughout the Snohomish community. For affordable, dependable, and guaranteed septic system service, call us at (360) 668-6561.