Understand how your Septic Tank works

Septic-Tank-Diagram
Septic-Tank-Diagram

You will agree with me that it only when we have a rough idea of how something works that we can get down to maintain it in a proper manner. With that, it is crucial for us to understand how your septic tanks work. As much as we will always be reliant on the septic services from the outside or from the companies we outsource, it is very crucial to understand how things work first. Not having a rough idea about what happens within the septic tank means that you will be in the dark and someone can make you pay more for something that you should have paid less. You can call the folks at Beaumont Septic if you have questions about septic tank cleaning.

Where do the solid wastes settle at the septic tank?

The solid materials that we normally release into our septic tank will always stay at the bottom but this is not always. If you have ever experienced septic pumping before, you must have realized that this happens only when there is a small amount or negligible amount of water in the septic tank. Some and most of the solids will be suspended on top of the water due to the fact that water increases buoyancy. That is the reason why septic services will always advise you on the need for controlling the amount of water within the septic tank. When too many solids float, it means that the solid wastes will be pushed upwards and it could even gush out from the top lid.

Where does the liquid occupy?

In normal circumstances, the liquid portion of the septic tanks normally stays at the middle. That is the reason why most of the septic service providers will have to stir your septic tank first just to allow the liquid and the semi-solid substances at the bottom to mix up. However, in other cases where there are human wastes involved, the solid will always float at the top since such solids are made of cellulose and fibers and that could be the reason why they float. Other solids such as soil deposits and metals will sink and occupy the bottom section. Knowing this fact important as it will help you visualize how to so the septic tank maintenance.

Oils and fats occupy the topmost section

Septic-System-Diagram
Septic-System-Diagram

Most of the oils and fats will always form a layer that looks like scum. When doing the septic pumping, you will not fail to realize this as it gradually turns pinkish in color over time. When doing septic tank cleaning, it is very important to consider mixing the three layers first.

Understand how your Septic Tank works