Buying a new home?

Before buying a new home with a septic system, do some research on your state’s rules. Many states require an inspection before closing on a home with a septic system, but even if it is not required, most lenders require it anyway. Septic system pumping and a system inspection is something you would want done to gain information on the condition of your septic system.

An inspection would tell you if the system is set up a proper distance from your well to prevent contamination. It would tell you the age of your septic system if there are any invasive tree roots in the drain field that could damage your system, and if there are any electrical or mechanical parts used in your system which also require periodic maintenance or replacement.

Maintenance Cost?

There are several factors that go into determining the cost of maintaining a septic system. These factors include the tank size, the drain field size if the tank needs to be located or uncovered, as well as the cost of dumping the waste.

How Do Septic Systems Work?

In a septic system, a pipe flows from your home into a large septic tank. The water waste, called “effluent” fills most of the tank. Over time, bacteria begin breaking down the organic material in the effluent. A layer of “sludge” then falls to the bottom of the tank. Sludge is composed of inorganic solids and the byproducts of the breakdown. A layer of “scum” then floats to the top. Scum is primarily composed of fats, grease, and oils.

A filter prevents most solids from entering the outlet pipe and the effluent flows to the drain field. The septic tank provides space for the breakdown and settling of the solids to where the treated water can then seep into the ground. Holes in the drain septic field pipe allow effluent to seep into gravel surrounding the pipes. The gravel allows water to flow into the soil that has now been completely cleared of waste.

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Who Can I Call For Help?

If you live in North East Georgia and need help with your septic system in any capacity, please contact us here at Henson Septic Services. We would love to help you better understand your septic system. Call today for a consult or an appointment with our friendly and knowledgeable staff.