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What Is a Septic System?
A typical septic system consists of two main components, a septic tank and a weeping system. The septic tank is a watertight box, usually made of concrete or poly-plastic and is connected to the wastewater pipe from the house at one end and the weeping bed at the other end. Wastewater flows from the house to the septic tank, and the septic tank treats the wastewater naturally by holding it in the tank long enough for solids and liquids to separate. The wastewater forms three layers inside the tank. Solids lighter than water (such as greases and oils) float to the top forming a layer of scum. Solids heavier than water settle at the bottom of the tank forming a layer of sludge. This leaves a middle layer of partially clarified wastewater called effluent.
The layers of sludge and scum will remain in the septic tank until the tank is pumped. The layer of effluent flows from the septic tank to the weeping bed. A standard weeping system is a series of perforated pipes running through underground trenches filled with gravel. As effluent trickles out of the pipes, into the gravel and through the soil – a filtration process occurs through which effluent is neutralized from harmful contents and is sent to local water sources as clean water.
Chemicals, and additives can poison the natural organisms that aid in this process. Products marked as "Septic Tank Cleaners", "starters" or "enhancers" are of little value and are completely unnecessary. Some have led to killing off the essential bacteria in the septic system and others have caused the sludge and scum to be pushed in to your drainage field and plug up the complete system.
Regular septic tank pumping is crucial for sludge and scum removal. Over-accumulation of indigestible solids will plug the weeping system and lead to septic tank failure. A typical septic tank should be pumped out once every 3-4 years depending on the size of the tank and the amount of use.
A well-maintained septic system can run for decades, a neglected one can fail tomorrow.
If in doubt, don't pour it out (If it doesn't break down naturally, don't flush it into your septic system)