Pumping a Septic System

Best Way to Keep a Healthy Septic Tank

The best way to keep a healthy septic tank is to understand its inner workings. How does the waste behave, and how can you keep your tank healthy? It’s important to understand where the waste goes, and the structure of the tank itself. What’s the difference between a holding tank and a septic tank? See the diagrams below and find out!

Septic Tank Diagram

Here, we present the basic liquid/solid layout of a septic tank. Wastewater enters the septic tank and separates into three layers:

  • A layer of scum comprised of mainly soap, grease, and toilet tissue floats to the top.
  • Water, liquids, and suspended soils form the middle layer.
  • Resting on the bottom of the septic tank is a layer of sludge made up of heavy organic and inorganic materials.

Maintain the quality of your septic tank with routine cleaning.

Building a home or replacing a septic tank? We provide both design and installation.

Does your septic tank need repairs? Do you need to replace your tank?

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