- Published: Monday, 16 September 2013 10:27
- Written by Super User
A septic system is responsible for treating all wastewater and solids from a building’s plumbing system. At the septic tank the water, grease and oils, and solids are separated by baffles, tees and settling. Biological action breaks down some solids. Effluent regularly exits as influent comes in the tank into a drainfield, where it is naturally filtered by bacteria and reentered into the groundwater, or to a storm sewer in some instances where it has been pretreated to acceptable standards. Scum and sludge must be pumped periodically and should never enter the drainfield or storm sewer. Septic inspections should be conducted by a licensed professional such as Szuter Treatment Systems:
- When a house is being put up for sale. In some counties such as Geauga, an inspection is required for sale of property. Although Geauga county performs the inspection, unless the system has been installed in the past few years. A liscensed professional must locate and uncover components prior to their inspection. Even when an inspection is not required by the health department, the bank may require one. At the very least an inspection should be done for piece of mind.
- Once per year. Sometimes a system can develop problems like roots growing into pipes, animal infiltration,or build up in tanks that could cause obstruction. If it is caught early enough, it could keep an ugly back up from happening in the house. If a tank is deteriorating, an inspection could find this and recommend replacement when it is convenient for you rather than whenever it collapses.
- As part of the routine maintenance. Many of the newer systems serving northeast Ohio contain pumps, controls, filters and other devices which pump and or process the wastewater. Routine service is just like changing the oil of your car in many of these cases and can help you avoid costly repairs and protect the environment.