Becoming familiar with all the aspects of your home’s plumbing system is a critical part of protecting your most important investments. One of the most misunderstood, yet very common, home plumbing devices are septic systems. Whether you are new to home ownership or just ready to enhance your knowledge on residential plumbing works, understanding a septic system and all it entail is a good place to start.
Continue reading to review some of the most common questions plumbers hear in regards to septic systems, sump pumps, cesspools, and more.
What is a Septic Tank?
For homes that cannot be connected to a centralized municipal sewer line, septic tanks are the practical solution. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, around 25% of North America relies on a septic tank for private sewage disposal. All sewage matter and wastewater converge into one singular pipe that flows to the septic tank located underground. A septic tank is a component of plumbing that collects sewage and wastewater, and naturally decomposes them using a bacterial action. They are usually constructed of precast concrete, concrete blocks, or reinforced fiberglass, and buried in the ground somewhere on the property.
How Often Should a Septic Tank Be Serviced?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends having your septic tank inspected every three years by a licensed Indianapolis master plumber. They further recommend adhering to the professional advice given by the plumbing contractor in regards to routine de-sludging and septic service.
What is a Cesspool?
Some homes are equipped with cesspools instead of septic systems. Although both collect organic waste and decompose them naturally, cesspools are a much older waste disposal technique compared to the modern-day septic tanks. The general rule of thumb is to have your septic tank serviced by a professional every 1 to 3 years. If you wait any longer, you risk clogging or backing up your system, which can lead to very filthy and messy conditions. Most professionals and consumers will insist that septic systems are a much better operation than cesspools.
Which is Better?
Most professionals and consumers will insist that septic systems are a much better operation than cesspools. First of all, cesspools are not integrated systems; they are rudimentary in design. They are basically perforated concrete or block rings that are buried underground. They do not spread effluent to the surrounding ground soil, and sludge piles up at the bottom. Overtime, cesspools have to be pumped to remove the sludge buildup, and sometimes, they have to be relocated altogether because the surrounding soil becomes too saturated with wastewater.
Indianapolis Master Plumber Service
When your septic system fails, or simply needs service, you need a state-licensed master plumber. Call Weilhammer Plumbing Co. Inc. at 317-784-1870 for professional master plumbing service and repair in Indianapolis, Indiana. Owner and Master plumber, Mark Weilhammer, is happy to give you free plumbing advice.
Our highly trained and licensed plumbers provide a wide range of residential and commercial plumbing services; and as a family owned and operated company since 1901, you can trust us to deliver outstanding workmanship and customer support. Request a free estimate, today.