In many Toronto homes septic tanks at homes are ill-maintained and start to malfunction after a period of time. Very often, it’s only when they stop working and have to be replaced that we realize how expensive they are and how, if we had put a little effort into keeping the system clean, we could have saved ourselves a lot of time, money and trouble.
How Does It Work?
Have you ever wondered how your septic tank works? Actually, it is very simple. The waste from your drains all collect into one pipe that leads them to the septic system. There the waste gets broken down slowly, forming three layers. The lowest layer comprises of the heaviest material like your toilet paper. This layer is called sludge. Above it is the organic matter which is all the fats, proteins and oils that float above the sludge. And above the organic matter is the effluent water. This water is what brought all the waste with it. Once it is separated from the sludge, it floats on top. The septic tank then has an outlet for the water so that it can mix with the surrounding soil and enrich the soil.
Maintaining the Tank
Imagine your tank working day after day without a break. With all the waste that collects in it, something is bound to get stuck or go wrong once in a while. So if the system is not maintained, the waste will pile up and you could experience backed-up waste in your drain. If that happens, it can get messy and smelly. Repairing the septic tank will also cost you a lot of money. Instead, maintaining and pumping it will allow it to function smoothly and also ensure that the system lasts longer.
There are also a few things that you can also do at home to avoid problems with the system. Try to avoid flushing cleaning chemicals and food scraps down the drain. You should also try to avoid dumping excessive amounts of salt and other toiletries because they can spoil the tank.
The Need for Inspections
Regular maintenance and inspection can seem like a pain, it requires time and money. But if you calculate the pros and cons, you’ll find that regular pumping and cleaning will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Maintenance work is done quickly and you will spend much less to get it pumped than if you had to get the tank repaired. A well-functioning system will also last much longer so you won’t have to shell out money for a new septic tank for a long time.
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