Did you know about 1/3 of the homes in the Tri-State area of Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky have a septic tank systems? These septic tank systems are typically pretty simple in design and are relatively easy to service with the right equipment. All drain lines from sinks, showers, comodes, and washing machines lead to a single pipe and out to these septic tank systems that are usually in the backyard of most homes that have them. Once the refuse from your drain line enters the septic tank it begins to separate. The heavier material in the water, called sludge, sinks to the bottom of the septic tank. Near the top of the tank fats, oils, and proteins form a floating layer of scum. Inbetween the scum and the sludge is the "grey" or waste water that relatively clear in comparison to the the top and bottom layers.
These septic tank systems are designed so that only the grey water is dischared from the tank out into a drain or leach field. The leach field is a set of pipes with small holes drilled into them that allow for the grey water to be released below ground. The grey water that is released is deteriorated enough to be filtered by the soil it's released into and typically has enough organic material in it to act as fertilizer for the soil. This is why the grass around the leach field is typically greener than other area of a yard where a septic tank is used.
Even though these septic tank systems are simple in design they do require some servicing and maintenence. All to often homeowners forget to monitor their septic tanks and end up running into big problems; problems that could cost thousands of dollars to fix and could have been prevented if regular maintence was performed. It's safe to say that although this might seem overwhelming to some in all actuality you probably only need to have your septic tank serviced every couple of years. Every home is different and every septic tank is different.
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