How does a septic tank work?

May 25, 2014  

septic pumping in Lake StevensNot many people like talking about septic tanks, primarily because we don’t want to think about what’s IN them. However, a properly working septic tank allows us to NOT think about them. The professionals at Superior Septic Services will do the thinking for you to ensure that you don’t have to worry about septic pumping in Lake Stevens ever again.

About 30% of homes in the United States today rely on a septic tank to take waste away from their homes. Residue from your dishwasher, sinks, toilets, showers and washing machine end up going to the septic tank. This waste exits your home through an inlet valve and baffle and enters the tank. The solids and grease separate – solids sinking to the bottom and grease forms a layer of scum on top of the gray water or effluent in the middle of the tank. When wastewater enters the septic system, the liquid level rises and flows through an outlet baffle to the absorption field deep beneath your yard.

Problems arise if the septic tank is not pumped often enough. This can lead to large, smelly puddles above the field lines in the yard, or worse, sewage back up into the house. How often your septic tank needs to be pumped depends on how many people are in your household and the size of the septic tank. Generally, the experts at Superior Septic Services recommend pumping every one to three years with regular inspection appointments more frequently.

Don’t delay in making an appointment for routine septic pumping in Lake Stevens. It could save you thousands of dollars. Contact Superior Septic Service today at 425-905-2485 to schedule your appointment.

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