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When you are not working with a public sewer line, you will find yourself dealing with a Hamilton septic system to handle sewage control and treatment. The system is one that includes a septic tank. It is in this tank that solid wastes will end up decomposing, and there is also a drain field. The discharge that comes from the septic tank is transferred to an area where there is living soil to help treat the waste through exposure to bacteria. Solid waste sewage decomposes and then the tank settles out. The liquid discharge moves slowly to the drain field so it can eventually be treated by the bacteria residing directly in the soil.
A sewage system is only in good working order if it prevents foul odors and the pollution of water and ground resources. If the system isn’t working correctly, it can become a hazard to your family as well as those living near you. Natural resources are then endangered by an improperly working system. Septic tanks have a unique and important biological balance that can disrupted if you dispose of waste improperly. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind:
Tip #1 – Excessive amounts of water in the septic system can throw things out of balance inside the tank. Not enough water or excessive discharging of the existing system water may result in undesired system backups.
Tip #2 – Go easy on the use of chemicals, even household chemicals. You can use normal amounts of chemicals, drain cleaners, bleaches, detergents, drain cleaners, and other chemicals that might throw off the balance of bacteria in the tank and therefore destroy its efficacy. For instance, don’t dump water down the drain you used to clean paint brushes or paint cans.
Tip #3 – Do not put things down the drain that should not go down the drain. In other words, do not put materials that will not decompose, such as cigarette butts, facial tissues, disposable diapers, heavy duty paper towels, cooking fats or coffee grinds in the drain so it makes its way to the sewer system. These things will end up filling your septic tank. Use a separate container for garbage and grease and never put grease or other fats in the drain – they can clog the drain and cause build up.
Tip #4 – Cleaning the septic tank on a regular basis will keep things in working order. It is recommended you have it cleaned every three years. If you live in a northern climate and require solids removed from the tank, you should do so more often than someone who lives in the southern climate. The reason for the need to clean the tank more often is that cooler temps in the northern hemisphere tend to inhibit the growth of the bacteria needed to help the waste decompose. The size of the septic tank will play a significant role in just how often you need to have the tank pumped out as well.
Additional factors that will ultimately play a role in the number of times you must have the pump cleaned include how much solid waste is put into the tank and the wastewater volume that accumulates over the course of time. If they drain backs up, the drain is slow, or there is a continuous offensive odor that you notice, these are the most common symptoms suggesting it is time to have the septic tank cleaned out by a professional. If you need a professional for your Ottawa septic tank, call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services to get the best possible solution for your problem.