|What is a Septic System?A septic system is used to treat liquid wastes to prevent contamination of drinking water wells, groundwater, and nearby lakes and streams.A septic system typically consists of:
How does a septic system work?
How can you avoid problems?Have your septic system inspected and pumped regularly. Most problems can be prevented through simple maintenance by a licensed inspector/contractor. Over time, solids will settle out in the bottom of the tank. If they are not pumped out, they can plug up the leaching field, requiring costly repairs, impairing the ability of the soil to effectively treat septic tank effluent, and causing pollution. A regular cleaning is not that expensive (about $130 to $200). While the tank is open, the service technician can also run some water from a hose into the distribution box to determine whether the leaching field is still functioning. Ask if the company offers this service. Keep accurate records in a permanent house file on the location of the system, permits, and cleaning, inspection and repairs. If you sell your home, pass this information on to the next owner.
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