The Pipe Surgeon – How to Maintain a Private Septic System

The Pipe Surgeon knows that if you live in a rural area, you are likely to have a private septic system. Private septic systems are a must when a municipality does not have a sewage system. For example, many homes in Alaska are located off the grid and rely only on solar electricity and private septic systems.

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In short, a septic system is your own sewage management facility. A septic system is usually located in a basement or behind a home, out of sight, and doesn’t emit any odors when property maintained.

Modern septic systems are easy to maintain. A well-constructed septic tank should last a lifetime. This being said, the area where the septic system waste pipes are located will most likely need a treatment or replacement about fifteen years after installation.

To keep your septic system problem-free, you will need to follow several simple rules.

Be careful about what goes into the system. Your septic tank needs to sustain a delicate biological balance, which can be easily upset.

Make sure to not put too much water into the septic tank. A septic tank works because of a natural separation of lighter waste and solid debris. The solids settle on the bottom of the tank while lighter waste, such as oil, eventually moves to the top and forms a scum layer. The liquid between the two layers clarifies and flows out through an outlet pipe. Putting too much water into the tank may cause it to back up.

Also, avoid putting excessive amounts of any chemicals, coffee grounds, cooking oils, paper towels, cigarette butts, or other materials that will not decompose. If you start having issues with your septic tank, call the Pipe Surgeon for help.

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Author: The Pipe Surgeon

The Pipe Surgeon is an experienced main drain plumbing maintenance and service contractor. The main plumbing line into the house serves as a source of water but also acts to cycle out used, gray water. We inspect this drain line and make sure it is free of blockages while also ensuring the pipes and fixtures are sound and in excellent working condition.