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Learn more about your septic system

We all use septic systems, whether we know it or not. But, how much do we really know about them? The knowledgeable staff at King's Septic Service can introduce you to the basic septic system information, and give you the knowledge necessary to make well informed decisions about what kind of waste disposal unit is right for you.

Maintain a functional septic system

A septic system is an efficient, self-contained sewage treatment system. Here are some quick facts to familiarize yourself with septic systems:

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Ensuring that you have a septic system that is functioning properly is the best way to reduce your septic system repair bills in the future. With our  help, you can identify small problems before they turn into major repairs.

Keep your septic system in top shape with regular maintenance

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  • Septic systems treat and dispose of household wastewater onsite, making them a more economical option to a centralized sewer system. This is especially relevant in rural areas where lots are spaced far apart.

  • Septic system's simple design allows for easy installation and maintenance.

  • By treating water onsite, septic systems don't require extensive sewer line installation, meaning a minimal impact on the environment.

  • Proper operation and maintenance of your septic system can have a significant impact on how well it works and how long it lasts.

A septic system consists of two main parts:

Septic Tank: Usually a concrete or fiberglass watertight box with an inlet and outlet pipe. Wastewater flows into the tank at one end and leaves the tank on the other.

 

Wastewater forms three layers inside the tank. Lighter solids, such as greases and oils, form a layer of scum while the solids settle at the bottom of the tank, creating a layer of sludge. The middle layer is partially clarified wastewater. The sludge and scum cannot be broken down and remain until the tank is pumped. The solids, on the other hand, are broken down by the bacteria found naturally in the wastewater.

 

Drainfield: A series of trenches, bed lined with gravel or sand, buried 1 to 3 feet below the surface. The layer of clarified liquid flows from the tank to the drainfield through perforated pipes. The liquid is then distributed in the drainfield and is treated by slowly trickling into the gravel and through the soil.