In our last article, we talked about some cool things happening with aerobic treatment systems. These systems are able to treat water, and that water can be reused to irrigate your lawn. Not sure that you would want to stick a straw in there and take a gulp, but it is acceptable as gray water. No matter how you are treating your sewage, unless you have a municipal sewer hook up, you will eventually need to pump your septic tank. The recommendations may vary depending on who you talk to — at B&B Pumping here in the Fort Worth area, we recommend that you pump your system at least every couple of years. This will keep the biological process going and maintain the efficiency of the system. We have talked about how the waste separates from the water and how the sludge sinks to the bottom. But what happens when the water floats out into the great unknown and off to greener pastures? Two words: drain field. Yeah it sounds like it would be pretty scary, but in reality the drain field is a magical place in which dreams come true and water returns to the earth.
Return to the Earth
Well first of all, if you have a traditional septic system the waste water will have a much different smell than from alternative systems. Of course if you are smelling any odor from your septic system, there’s definitely something rotten in the state of Denmark. This will indicate a problem in your drain field. Much like a properly applied diaper, you should not be able to smell the drain field. This could indicate a clogged pipe, a full septic tank and maybe even a catastrophic failure, and that my friends is bad. A clogged pipe in a traditional septic system is not an easy fix. In fact, it is easier to replace the entire drain field than to attempt to unclog the offending pipe. A drain field should not be seen or heard, and if there is noise coming from your pipes, this could indicate a clogged pipe. That being said, if your system is working correctly, the waste water will return to the earth. That might not sound like a good prospect but the earth is actually a very good water filter. You see, B&B Pumping takes care of the toxic stuff that collects at the bottom of your tanks. That is what pumping does, removes the nasty sludge so it does not clog your drain field. The waste water separates from the sludge, flowing into the drain field. The drain field is set up like a riverbed. With channels of gravel that allow the water to percolate into the ground, and back to the aquifer. It is actually a pretty cool process because you are directly injecting water back into the ground.
The health of your system depends solely on the biological process that is occurring in your tank and in order for it to work, regular pumping must take place. So if it has been a few years since you have had your tank pumped, contact B&B Pumping for more information. We work throughout Fort Worth, Decatur, Azle, Haslet, and Weatherford — feel free to take a look at our service area. In may cases we can get to you the same day. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your continued business.