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Understading Septic Sytems



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By : Vicki Hat    99 or more times read
Water is one of the most important elements that helps sustain life. It needs to be present all the time or else life in Earth would be dry, dull or dead.

There are different sources of water in this planet. Natural sources like fresh body of water are where people get their supply. However, one must know that water can be recycled. Some parts of the water that you consume right now can actually come from your own household. Your waste water is part of it. However, it is purified and treated first before becoming part of what is called the underground water.

How is this possible? This takes place because of septic systems.

Septic systems are responsible for maintaining sanitation of homes. Through the use of septic tank, liquid waste now has a big space for dumping. However, this system is built underground. Liquid waste can create malodorous smell that could make you sick. And they are structures in a way that they would not cause flooding. Hence, it is not much of a wonder why they are built below the ground.

Septic systems are made of 4 components. To understand more of them, learn more about these components and their respective functions:

  1. The pipes- These are bunch of tubeworks interconnected together that works to expel liquid waste from outside the house. These pipes would lead water waste to the septic tank. Water inside the house gets through the pipes after exiting your drainage or toilet.

  2. The septic tank is a big bowl of basin made of materials. It is also equipped with other tools that help seal water. Basically, it may have two pipes the inlet and the outlet. The inlet is where the water enters from the house. The outlet is where water comes out from the septic tank into the drainfield. These pipes may consist of screens which filter the fluid coming out from the tank. This also works to ensure that no solid particles get into the pipe that could possibly clog the passage.

  3. The drainfield, otherwise called the leachfield, is where liquid waste is expelled. From the outlet, several pipes with holes exist and they are interconnected from one another.

  4. The soil is the last and one of the important players in sanitation of water. Soils are usually tested before the installation of septic tanks.

    In the soil, percolation and sanitation takes place. Then it goes back to the groundwater. However, water expelled from the drainfield can also be absorbed by the plants and trees. Or they may also evaporate from the soil.

Septic systems play a vital role in sanitation of water. Hence, every homeowner should know their duties and responsibilities when it comes to their septic tanks at home. Caring for this system encompasses regular on-site maintenance. Every homeowner and the members of the household should know preventive measures to avoid the start of problems. Homeowners should also be careful on what they drain on their septic tanks. Solutions that are toxic should be avoided as this can cause water pollution.


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