Septic Tank Science: The Importance of Preventative Maintenance

Posted On Apr 1, 2020

Septic Tank Science: The Importance of Preventative Maintenance

For homeowners living in rural areas throughout Northern New Mexico that are not serviced by public utilities, the septic tank is common when referring to the home’s plumbing system. Septic tanks are a vital necessity – a necessity that can fail catastrophically if not properly maintained. If you have a septic tank system, it is important to know how it functions. Basic knowledge, and an ability to troubleshoot, may even help a homeowner in determining when a sewer & drain service needs to be contacted. 

Understanding the Tank and Absorption 

Water and waste that is removed from the home is delivered to the system’s major components to be efficiently processed. The two major areas of the system are the septic tank and the absorption or drain field. Solid waste gradually settles to the bottom of the tank, leaving household oils and grease to be delivered to the drainage field along with any waste water. Once in the drainage field, liquids are filtered through a series of perforated pipes, gravel, and soil, leaving any particulate matter behind. Water is then naturally absorbed by soil and root systems. 

Regular Maintenance Required 

If not properly maintained, septic systems can potentially fail and create serious pollution problems and backups in your home. Although solids will partially decompose, the tank will eventually reach capacity and need to be serviced. Servicing a system is not something that a homeowner should ever attempt on their own. Professionals like Cartwright's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling possess the proper knowledge of the system, skills, and equipment to do the job correctly.  

Pumping and service should be a fundamental part of any homeowner’s annual maintenance schedule. A sewer and drain service will ensure that the investment a homeowner has made in the septic system is well protected. Major failures can result in costly repair bills, or even the prospect of replacing an entire system. All of this can be avoided by regularly servicing your system. Investing in septic tank maintenance with Cartwright's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is money well spent. 

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