How does a septic tank function?

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A septic tank is used to treat the wastewater of a home. It is a big chamber buried underground and connected by a pipe to a building. It’s purpose is to collect the wastewater from the toilet, bath, shower, washing machine and all the washbasins in a home.

Materials used to build septic tanks

In general, a septic tank is made of plastic or concrete. There are several models of septic tanks on the market and a septic tank sale and installation expert will guide you in choosing the one that fits your needs and requirements the best.

How is the wastewater carried into the tank and what happens next?

Once the wastewater drains into the plumbing, solid matters like food, fecal matter and toilet paper are pulled apart from the liquids by a process called decantation. While solids settle to the bottom of the tank, lighter matter stays at the surface and forms what is called scum. Then, the settled solids are digested by bacteria in the tank, clarifying the mixture which then makes its way to the disposal field of the tank. This is how the solids then decompose and the water is cleansed by the sanitation network of the septic tank.

The importance of properly maintaining your septic tank

To be functional, a septic tank must be properly maintained and drained approximately every two years, depending on the number of occupants in the household. Regular maintenance of the septic tank is
therefore important; otherwise, sewer backup problems may arise and the bacteria in the tank, whose role is to transform the solids into gas, runs the risk of not playing its role correctly.

In case of any doubt concerning the proper functioning of the septic tank, or in the need of a clean-up, it is important to reach out to an expert. The clean-up of a septic tank must be done by an expert in
order to get a certificate that will prove to the Public Service for Non-Collective Waste that the clean-up has been done.

To learn more about the proper functioning of a septic tank or about its clean-up, do not hesitate to contact us. At Sanibert, we offer a septic tank clean-up service, as well as portable toilet rental
services.

Contact us today to learn more about our services.

 

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