If you live in the country, you probably have a septic system. And you probably take it for granted that it will work every time you flush the toilet. If you want to keep that happening, read on.
Septic Tanks and Fields make up your septic system if your home is so equipped. This system is both a sewer and treatment plant. Waste is washed into the septic tank where much of it is broken down into liquids by natural bacteria. The liquids then flow out of the tank and are filtered through the drainage field.
Most septic system problems are caused by a build-up of sludge that clogs the lines into or out of the septic system, or the bacterial action needed to break down waste is slowed or stopped because of overuse of chemicals, bleach or detergents. Avoid using excessive amounts of detergents, bleach or chemicals that may kill the natural bacteria in the septic system. Use biodegradable soaps and detergents. Use septic tank/cesspool treatment twice a year to keep the bacteria in the system actively breaking down the solids. Every two or three years your septic tank should be cleaned out and the system inspected.
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