Many homes that are not located in a city will have a septic tank. A septic system works by allowing solids that are flushed to settle to the bottom of the tank. Liquids will then drain through a field line and will soak into the ground. The ground will help to filter it before it gets back into the regular ground water.
Septic tanks come in various sizes. For a household that has a larger family, then they will definitely want a larger tank because there will be more waste going to the septic tank. It also depends on the type of soil that is around on what size tank a person may need. Some soil types may not let liquid soak through the ground as quickly as other types of soil.
A septic tank may be made of different types of material, but some of the most common is a specific type of plastic or metal. They need to be made from a sturdy material where they will not breakdown and decompose. It is also important that you know where the field lines are because heavy machinery driving over them could possibly crush them and cause problems with draining.
The solid waste that is in the septic tank will be broken down by bacteria over time. If there is a large amount of waste that cannot be broken down, then a tank may start to fill up, which will cause your plumbing in the house to not drain as quickly. If your septic tank completely fills up, then the plumbing in your house could back up. If you suspect your tank has started to fill up, you will want to call a plumbing contractor in your area to come out and pump your septic tank out. Once this has been done, then the septic system will be ready to use again.
With the proper upkeep, a homeowner in Chelsea should not have many problems with their septic system. If you do suspect a problem, contact Petri Plumbing, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you with all of your plumbing needs. Call us anytime at 718-748-1254.