Do You Have Septic Tank Problems?

Loganville GA. 30052

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Septic Tank Problems

 People often say, “I don’t know why I’m have septic tank problems, I’ve never even had to pump my tank before;’ as if that were proof that their septic system worked fine then suddenly failed. But be aware, most failing septic systems have been in trouble for one or more decades before the tell tale signs appear.

Everything that goes down any of the drains in the house (toilets, showers, sinks, laundry machines, water softener) ends up in your septic tank. The septic tank is a large-volume, most always watertight tank which provides the first treatment of the household wastewater by intercepting solids and settle able organic matter before disposal of the waste­water (effluent) to the drain field. First we will look at a septic tank without any problems (lower right picture)Septic Tank Problems Loganville GA

A Scum: Substances lighter than water (oil, grease, fats) float to the top, where they form a scum layer. This scum layer floats on top of the water surface in the tank. Aerobic bacteria work at digesting floating solids.

B Effluent: Effluent is the clarified wastewater left over after the scum has floated to the top and the sludge has settled to the bottom. It is the clarified liquid between scum and sludge. It flows through the septic tank outlet into the drainfield.

C Sludge: The “sinkable” solids (soil, grit, bones, unconsumed food particles) settle to the bottom of the tank and form a sludge layer. The sludge is denser than water and fluid in nature, so it forms a flat layer along the tank bottom. Underwater anaerobic bacteria consume organic materials in the sludge, giving off gases in the process and then, as they die off, become part of the sludge.


The Beginning of Septic Tank Problems
septic tank problems loganville gaAfter several years of use, a build-up of bottom sludge and floating scum will reduce the effective capacity of the tank, as shown in the “problem septic tank” illustration on the left. This means waste. passes through the tank too fast, and solids eventually plug the pipes in the drain field. This overfilling off the tank can occur many times over a span of years or even day to day. Heavy water use such as laundry days or entertaining guests taxes your system and introduces solids into the drainfield. This is when your drain field becomes filled with water. By the time either untreated effluent begins surfacing on the ground or sewage backs up into house drains you have a full blown problem. These are common signs and symptoms and the outward appearance of a septic problems that could have existed for years.
Even though numerous studies by universities and other organizations have shown that septic aeration is eco friendly and affordable solution to restoring and avoid septic system failure, the waste water industry is extremely slow to embrace it. This is totally understandable when you consider the likelihood that a conflict of interest could exist. For instances, If you owned a septic tank pumping company and had to maintain a fleet of pumping trucks would you promote a product that could solve your client’s septic problems? A problematic or failing septic system can mean a steady flow of income since it may need to be pumped two or three times per year. If the system fails and is replaced with a new advanced system these expensive septic systems carry “operating permit”. Which under the law, each County Health Department is responsible for enforcement. This enforcement includes yearly or biyearly inspections and pumping at the cost of the homeowner. warning sign