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Ways to Extend the Lifespan of Your Drain Field
The drain field, or leach field, is a critical component of your home’s septic system. This is an area of your property that was designated to treat the effluent that drains from your septic system. As the wastewater flows out from the septic tank, it is not completely broken down until the leach field does its job. The leach field offers perforated drains that release the wastewater into the soil. The soil’s microbes then finish breaking down and treating the liquid wastewater that left your tank. This important filtering process happens out of sight, as the gravel and pipes of the drain field are typically covered well with soil. In fact, most visitors would not know where your leach field is located on your property. Still, this area is a vital part of your septic system function and it needs to be protected properly.
Need Septic Repair? Tips for Getting the Right Diagnosis First
You know the warning signs that your septic tank needs attention. Gurgling pipes, slow draining fixtures and foul odors are red flags that a septic repair is in order. However, just like any repair in your home, your car or your body, an accurate diagnosis is the key to an effective, long-lasting solution. There are some important things to keep in mind when you are trying to find the correct culprit to your septic problems.
Is Your Septic Outlet Filter Clogged?
Your septic system is composed of several valued parts that each serve important roles in processing and disposing the wastewater that leaves your home. One particular component is the septic tank outlet filter. This filter is what protects your septic system, as it filters out liquid waste and sewage. When the outlet filter is not functioning properly or clogged, it can lead to several septic system setbacks, including clogged drain field pipes or even septic failure.
What Time of Year is Best for Septic Cleaning?
Just like any other major working system in your home, your septic system requires a little maintenance in order to protect its function. The primary requirement for septic maintenance involves cleaning your tank, otherwise known as a routine septic tank pumping. Don’t worry; this task typically doesn’t need to be done every year. However, most tanks should be cleaned and pumped every 3 to 5 years to ensure disruptive backups and other plumbing problems don’t occur.
Removing Rust Stains from Your Toilet Bowl
Do you clean on a regular basis yet still discover that your toilet bowls are stained with a ring of rust? Rust stains can give your plumbing fixtures a filthy appearance and may even cause embarrassment when your guests ask to use your bathroom. While rust stains don’t necessarily mean your toilet (or sink) is dirty, it is understandable why you’d want these unsightly blemishes gone. Unfortunately, rust stains can occur in bathrooms that rely on sewer systems as well as those that are supplied by a septic system.
How Could Heavy Rain Impact Your Septic System?
Understanding how excessive rainwater threatens your septic tank starts with understanding your septic system in general. Your septic system involves three basic units (the inlet pipe, the tank and the drain field) that each perform important tasks in processing the waste from your home. After waste is dismissed from your home and enters your septic tank through the inlet pipe, the solid waste settles at the bottom of the tank and the lighter solids float to the top. On a normal day, the effluent or liquid material flows from the tank to the drain field where it is delivered into the soil for further biodegradation.
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