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Learn about Septic Systems

Need to know how to make your septic system last longer? Want to fight stubborn clogs? Let Lentz Septic Tank help. Look through our help section below to find answers to your most common questions. If the articles below don’t answer your specific question please feel free to call us at 704-876-1834.

How does a Septic System work?

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About Septic Tanks

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About Septic Tanks

There are a number of different septic systems, each with its own design. The conventional system is the one most commonly used in North Carolina. (Figure 1, above) It consists of two main parts: the septic tank and the soil drain field.

All wastewaters from the home should flow into the septic tank. Even water from the shower, bathtub, and washing machine can contain disease-causing germs or environmental pollutants. As wastewater flows into the tank, the heavier solid materials settle to the bottom (forming a sludge layer), the lighter greases and fats float to the top(forming a scum layer), and the liquid (sewage effluent) flows out of the tank. An outlet baffle (or a sanitary tee at the outlet end) prevents solids from flowing out with the liquids. The tank’s primary purpose is to retain the solids while releasing sewage effluent to the drain field. (Figure 2)

A septic system is actually a very complex system that helps eliminate waste without using a large county based sewer system. Your septic system starts at a large concrete tank called the septic tank. Your septic tank takes in everything from your home and separates the solid matter and the liquid. In order for a septic tank to function properly the level of solid waste must remain at a minimum level maintained by bacteria in your tank. Solid waste usually falls to the bottom of the septic tank allowing the liquid to flow out of the tank and into the filed lines where it is absorbed by the ground.

Over time your tank will accumulate a high level of solid waste and in some cases this solid waste can become so large that it can clog both the inlet and outlet pipes of your septic tank. These levels of solid waste can cause hundreds of dollars in damage.

Keeping the solid waste levels of your septic tank to a minimum through pumping and cleaning can save you time and money. If you think your septic system needs to be pumped, cleaned or inspected please call us.

Why does your septic tank backup?

There are many reasons that your septic tank may backup or clog. The two most common reasons are either you have poured food, grease or oil down your drain over a significant period of time or the levels of solid waste in your tank have risen due to a lack of bacteria growth. If you have a habit of washing food into the sink after a meal or you like to pour left over grease down the drain than more than likely you have or are going to have a clogged septic tank drain. The reason this happens is because food, oil and grease may enter your sink as a liquid but over time those liquids start to solidify inside your plumbing and create a clog. Think of it as a clogged artery in your home. The solution to this is to either dig up the lid to your septic tank and clear the clog or use our high pressure jet to blast the clog free.

The second reason for a clogged drain is if the solid waste inside your tank reaches a level that actually blocks anything from entering or exiting your septic tank. This is caused when the bacteria in your tank can no longer eat away at the solid waste in your tank fast enough. Most of the time this is due to using high levels of anti-bacterial soaps. If your tank has reached this level contact us to pump and clean your septic tank before any solids flush out of the tank and into your field lines causing major problems.

How often should I pump my septic tank?

The frequency with which you will need to pump depends on three variables: the size of your tank, the volume of your wastewater, and the solids content of your wastewater.

Lentz Septic Tank Service recommends pumping your septic tank every three years. Pumping your septic tank every three years can help reduce costly problems later down the road. Most people like to wait until their septic tank has problems before they call Lentz Septic Tank, but doing this increases your risk in causing major damage to your septic system.

What Chemicals should I use?

A septic tank strives in a high bacteria environment. Since the high usage of household anti-bacterial soaps there has never been a more important time to treat your septic tank with chemicals to counter the anti-productive causes of these anti-bacterial soaps. Using chemical treatments allows your septic tank to work flawlessly regardless of the types of soaps you use. Since we know keeping your household at its cleanest is top priority don’t let your septic system suffer by ignoring it.

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