A septic system is a two part treatment and disposal system designed to condition untreated liquid household waste (sewage) so that it can readily be dispersed and percolated into the subsoil. Percolation through the soil accomplishes much of the final purification of the effluent, including the destruction of disease producing bacteria.
A septic tank provides the first step in the process by removing larger solid materials, decomposing solids by bacterial action, and storing sludge and scum. The liquid between sludge and scum is then passed along to the leaching area for final treatment and absorption into the ground. A properly maintained septic system will adequately treat your sewage!
What should I do to maintain my septic system?
Know the location of your septic tank and leaching area. Our office has many plans on file in the respective property files.