How do septic systems actually work?
Septic systems work by letting solid waste settle in a tank, where bacteria breaks it down. The liquid waste then flows through a drain field, where it is filtered and treated by soil before returning to the groundwater. Septic systems are commonly used in rural areas where there is no access to a municipal sewage system.
Septic systems are designed to effectively treat and dispose of household wastewater. The process starts when wastewater is flushed down the drains and into the septic tank. The tank is usually made of concrete or fiberglass and is buried underground. Once in the tank, the solid waste settles to the bottom and forms a layer of sludge. The sludge is broken down by bacteria, which turns it into a liquid. The liquid waste then flows out of the tank and into the drain field.
The drain field is made up of a series of perforated pipes that are buried in gravel trenches. The liquid waste is distributed evenly throughout the pipes and is filtered by the soil. The soil acts as a natural filter, removing harmful bacteria and other contaminants. After the wastewater has been treated by the soil, it is returned to the groundwater. This process is called percolation, and it helps to replenish the groundwater supply.
It's important to properly maintain your septic system to ensure it functions effectively. Regular pumping and inspections can help prevent costly repairs and ensure the longevity of your system.
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