Part of keeping your septic system in top functioning condition is making sure you understand how it works! It’s easy to say “I think I need septic pumping in Tulsa County, OK,” but if you don’t understand why you need this service, you might not truly understand the way your tank is behaving or functioning.
Milty’s Septic Services is here to provide you with the knowledge you need regarding your tank and its operation, so you’re able to better understand when it needs service and what specific services mean for its function. It all starts by learning more about each important component of your septic system, which we’ve outlined below:
Conventional septic tank
Septic tanks act as a settling basin, where flushed solids accumulate and gradually get broken down by natural bacteria living within the tank. While some of the waste is liquefied by the decomposition process, the rest accumulates at the bottom of the tank and becomes a layer of sludge. Fats, oils and other materials that are less dense than the leftover wastewater float at the top to form semi-solid scum.
Over time, as the sludge, scum and foreign contaminants introduced into a septic environment accumulate faster than the bacteria can break them down, you may require septic tank pumping in Tulsa County, OK. This ensures that levels stay within their appropriate capacities for the tank.
Inlet and overflow pipe
A tank that uses inlet and overflow pipes faces down in a “T” formation, rather than utilizing baffles (see below) to keep scum or sludge from blocking the pipes. The overflow pipe allows liquid to move out of the tank and into a drainage field as needed. If scum or sludge gets into the drainage field, a blockage can form in the perforated pipes, leading to septic system issues.
Once in the drainage field, liquid waste—also called effluent—moves into a distribution box that allows it to be absorbed by the soil. Once absorbed, it’s then evaporated by the sun and used by the vegetation growing above the drainage field.
An alternate type of septic system layout uses bars—called baffles—to keep the scum away from the overflow pipe. The baffles prevent scum from blocking the pipes or moving into the drainage field.