Waste enters the tank from your toilets, sinks, tubs, and other drains located throughout your house. Organic solid material floats to the top of the tank forming a layer of "scum." Inorganic materials and the bi-products from enzyme and bacteria digestion settle to the bottom of the tank forming a "sludge" layer. Biological activity continues within the scum layer and the sludge layer to break down the many organic materials present. This bio-activity results in sending cleaner effluent (wastewater) to the drain fields.
Pollutants from a poorly functioning system can be drawn into your well and come out in your drinking, cooking, and bathing water. If your tank and filter are not cleaned regulary, sludge and scum will clog the drainfield and cause the whole system to fail. It is vital to remove the solid material before it reaches the level of the discharge outlet and flows into the drain field. There is a certain amount of material that is not biodegradable and must be removed by pumping.
We are all taught in high school that matter can neither be created nor destroyed (though it can be changed from one form to another). Matter, biological waste, can be broken down into a more compact solid; however, it truly never goes away.
A failing septic system will not give you any warnings. No red light will come on to warn you as in a vehicle.
According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the regulatory authority in the State of Texas, a septic systems needs maintains every 3-5 years. https://www.tceq.texas.gov/
Be careful as to what you flush!! Feminine products, tissues, flushable wipes and other non-degradable items should go into the garbage.
Limit use of garbage disposals. They add too many solids and strain the capacity of the system.
NO grease should go down the drains. Grease is the biggest burden on a septic.
Daily use of harsh chemicals and other products destroy biological activity. Tyr to use environmentally friendly home products.
Softer toilet paper is made with more chemicals and is thicker. It hurts the natural biological activity and can clog the drain field. Look for brands that state "septic safe."
Introduce natural enzymes to your system at least once a month. Ask us about Lenzymes.