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Septic SystemA septic tank is a large container used to collect sewage from homes. They’re typically buried beneath the ground and contain several feet of soil. Septic tanks are made of reinforced concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene. Their size ranges from five gallons up to ten thousand gallons.

The average household uses about four hundred gallons of water per day. This amount of water goes down the drain every day and ends up in the sewer. As it travels through the plumbing, bacteria break down waste products into liquid and solid matter. When the sewage reaches the septic tank, the solids settle out while the liquids flow into the tank.

In some cases, the tank is partially filled with gravel or pebbles to help speed up the process. Once the tank is full, the contents must be pumped out regularly. This helps prevent overflow during heavy rains.

When the tank becomes clogged, the sewage cannot pass through the gravel and gets backed up inside the house. If you smell a foul odor coming from your home, it could mean there’s a problem with your septic tank. Schedule your septic system evaluation for properties in Swanzey NH, Rutland VT, Manchester NH, Keene NH, Concord NH, Middlebury VT, Burlington VT, and surrounding areas.

It is important to inspect your septic tank annually. Septic system evaluation includes checking for leaks, cracks, general wear and tear, and any damage to your tank. Regular checkups help prevent expensive repairs later on.

How to Prevent the Damage

Septic systems are complex pieces of equipment that require regular maintenance to work properly.  Here are some tips to keep your septic system working well.

1. Make sure there is enough space around your home to accommodate the tank.

2. Keep grass trimmed away from the house. This keeps roots out of the tank area and prevents clogs.

3. Avoid putting grease or oil down the drains. Grease and oil attract bacteria and can lead to blockages.

4. Don’t use pesticides or herbicides near the septic system. These chemicals can enter the water supply and damage the environment.

5. Check the pump regularly. A malfunctioning pump can cause sewage to back up into the house.

6. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Overloading the disposal can cause pipes to crack.