What You Should Know About Your Septic System

In Vermont and New Hampshire, septic systems are very common. A septic system is essentially a small, on-site waste treatment system, generally used in areas which are not able to access a municipal sewage system. For reasons that we won’t dive too far into, it is best to ensure that your septic system is in fine working condition at all times. Problems with a septic system are undesirable, to say the least. Here is some information for you to consider if you are having a new septic system installed, or if you just want to know that yours is operating properly. When you need septic services of any sort, from installations to maintenance and repairs, you need only one number: ours. Contact HB Energy Solutions today to schedule your septic services with trained and experienced professionals.¬†

How Does a Septic System Work?

The general operation of a septic system is not that complicated. The septic tank itself is watertight, generally made of concrete or reinforced fiberglass. This tank works in conjunction with an absorption area in order to treat wastewater and to drain away the treated water afterwards. Waste enters the tank, and solid matter will sink to the bottom, forming the sludge layer. The scum layer on the top of the water is made up of greases and oils. Bacteria in the tank will break down the solids over time, helping to slow the buildup of the sludge layer. The relatively clear water in the tank is delivered to a distribution system, and is absorbed into a leach field. This process is repeated over and over, allowing you to flush your toilets and drain your sinks conveniently. Eventually, though, your system is going to have to be pumped out to remove the buildup therein when it reaches a certain level. This is probably not a job that you would want to do yourself, anyway, but we will point out that only trained professionals can handle your septic tank pumping and maintenance services.

What to Avoid If You Have a Septic System

Septic systems are very reliable and will function without issue for the most part. However, there are certain scenarios that you must avoid if you really want to protect the integrity of your septic system. Poor design and subpar installation services are among the most common situations leading to septic system failures. However, the use of a garbage disposal can significantly increase the buildup of scum and sludge in the tank, necessitating more frequent pumping. Certain water purification systems can also overload the septic tank with water, and even putting items like cigarette filter, diapers, or coffee grounds into the system can lead to serious problems. Contact HB Energy Solutions today if you have any questions. We’ll make sure that you are able to use your septic system with great success and well-earned confidence.

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