Septic tanks in rural areas can take a new home owner by surprise. If you live in a rural area, you may have a septic tank. Inspect the sewer lines and verify the type of septic system you are using to process waste water generated by the home.
If you have a septic system and a drain field, the waste that is generated typically flows into a drain pipe and is gravity fed to your septic tank. Septic tanks and drain fields usually consist of a holding talk that is approximately 1000 gallon plus in size and constructed of concrete.
Newer models are now being fabricated from fiberglass and plastic due to the strength and durability of the material and lack of corrosion. After the solids have had time to digest (break down into effluent) the digested effluent leaves the septic tank through an outlet usually a 4” drain line where it travels out to the drain field and seeps into the soil surrounding the drain field returning to the potable water table after filtering through the soil.
If a system is not properly maintained with a beneficial bacterial septic tank treatment, solid septic waste can migrate out to the drain field creating a bio-mat clogging the drain field.
Maintaining your septic tank and drain field with a bacterial additive will ensure years of trouble free service.