well-cared for, well-maintained septic system will remain
clear and free flowing for many years. If you neglect your
system, it will eventually clog or fail which will lead to
large costs or even system replacement! A failed septic
system is costly and may become a heath hazard.
THE SEPTIC TANK AND
Your septic system consists of a septic tank and absorption
area. The purpose of the septic tank is to collect all water
coming from the household (bath water, laundry, toilet
waste, etc). Solids settle to the bottom while scum and
greases rise to the top of the tank. Between the two areas
of solid waste is liquid, which is allowed to pass through
the baffles (pipes) into the absorption area.
Bacteria from the septic tank and from material entering the
septic tank work to break down scum and organic matter.
Inorganic and hard to decompose material remain as sludge at
the bottom of the septic tank. By cleaning the septic tank
regularly (on average once every two or three years) and
being careful about what is put into it, a system will work
well for many years as long as it has been properly
a septic tank is not cleaned at the proper intervals the
sludge layer increases, filling the tank. It may then
overflow into the absorption field clogging it and causing
sysem failure. There is no additive that will clear out this
sludge.Clogging can only be prevented by thorough, regular
septic tank cleaning.
WARNING SIGNS OF
SEPTIC SYSTEM FAILURE
- Sluggish drainage in the home
- Plumbing backup
- Gurgling in the pipes and drains
- Outdoor odor
- Mushy or wet ground and/or greener grass in the area
of the septic system
If you see any of these signs call us to have your tank
pumped and system thoroughly checked.
SEPTIC CLEANING PROCESS
we, at Teninty & Son, Inc.,
clean your septic system we first pump all waste from your
tank using a method called back flushing. Back flushing is
the process of cleaning your tank using vacuum suction and
injecting water into the tank to break up the scum layer so
as to be sure we have removed the scum and sludge from your
tank. The septic tank should be pumped through the larger
manhole, not the baffle inspection ports. A septic tank
cannot be thoroughly cleaned through the baffle ports. If
cleaning is attempted through the baffles, they may be
damaged in the process. This may have several deliterious
consequences on your septic system's operation.
Before closing the septic tank, we check the inlet and
outlet baffles to be sure they are properly in place. If
they are not intact, they will need to be replaced so that
your septic system will function properly. Inlet and outlet
baffles are in place so that the scum layer must stay in the
tank and can not clog a line or go out into the drainfield.
To help with future cleaning, riser material should be
installed on the tank manholes so that they will not need to
be dug open in the future. The extensions bring the tank lid
closer to the ground surface.
If you do not know where your tank is located we can help
you. There are a couple of options available from probing
the ground with a metal rod to find the tank, to putting a
sensor down the pipe and following it with a hand held
device that tracks the signal to the septic tank.