Danny's Septic Services

serving all of Palm Beach County

561-689-1555

serving all of Palm Beach County

561-689-1555

License #SR0111696  •  Bonded & insured  •  Emergency service available  •  Se habla español

License #SR0111696 • Bonded & insured
Emergency service available • Se habla español

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All About Your Septic System

Septic systems are pretty common. About 25 percent of the U.S. population relies on such systems (whether shared among multiple households or set up as individual systems). While most people think septic systems are a rural home feature, they're also widely found in urban and suburban locales.

In a septic system, a pipe collects all the home's wastewater and transfers it to an underground, watertight septic tank, a water-tight container usually made of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene. Here, solids ("sludge") settle to the bottom, and floatable materials ("scum") float to the top. Both are contained by the tank and are periodically pumped out by a professional.

The system itself consists of a septic tank and a drainfield, or soil absorption field. Below is a simplfied graphic of how septic systems work. graphic displaying a typical septic system

  1. All water runs out of your house from one main drainage pipe into a septic tank.
  2. The job of the septic tank is to hold the wastewater long enough to allow solids to settle down to the bottom, while the oil and grease floats to the top as scum. Compartments and a T-shaped outlet prevent the sludge and scum from leaving the tank and traveling into the drainfield area.
  3. The liquid wastewater (effluent) then exits the tank into the drainfield. If the drainfield is overloaded with too much liquid, it will flood, causing sewage to flow to the ground surface or create backups in toilets and sinks.
  4. Finally, the wastewater percolates into the soil, naturally removing harmful coliform bacteria, viruses, and nutrients.

Do's

  • Conserve water to reduce the amount of wastewater that must be treated and disposed of by your system. Doing laundry over several days will put less stress on your system.
  • Repair any leaking faucets or toilets. To detect toilet leaks, add several drops of food dye to the toilet tank and see if dye ends up in the bowl.
  • Divert downspouts and other surface water away from your tank and drainfield. Excessive water keeps the soil from adequately cleansing the wastewater.
  • Have your septic tank inspected and pumped regularly by a licensed septic tank contractor. *Suggested frequency is 3-5 years.
  • Keep your septic tank cover accessible for inspections and pumping. Install risers with lids if necessary.
  • Call your county health department or a registered septic tank contractor whenever you experience problems with your system, or if there are any signs of system failure.
  • Keep a detailed record of repairs, pumping, inspections, and other maintenance activities. Pass these on to the next homeowner.

EPA's Homeowner Guide to Septic Systems.

Don'ts

  • Don't drive over your tank and drainfield or compact the soil in any way.
  • Don't dig around the tank or drainfield, or build anything over it, and don't cover it with a hard surface such as concrete or asphalt.
  • Don't plant anything over or near the drainfield except grass. Roots from nearby trees and shrubs may clog and damage the drain lines.
  • Don't use a garbage disposal, or at least limit its usage. Disposals increase solids to load to your tank by about 50%, so you have to pump your tank more often than normally suggested.
  • Don't use your toilet as a trash can or poison your system and the groundwater by pouring harmful chemicals and cleansers down the drain. Harsh chemicals can kill the bacteria that help purify your wastewater.
  • Don't put in a separate pipe to carry wash waters to a side ditch or the woods. This graywater contains germs that can spread disease. Use a laundry system.
  • Don't waste money on septic tank additives. The bacteria needed to treat wastewater are naturally present in sewage. Additives can resuspend solids, causing your drainfield to clog. Additives do not eliminate the need for routine pumping of your tank.
  • Don't allow the backwash from home water softeners to enter the septic system.
  • Never enter a septic tank -- toxic gases from the tank can kill. If your system develops problems, get advice from your county health department or a licensed septic tank contractor.

Expert service by trained professionals  •  Free estimates + competitive prices  •  All work guaranteed  •  Emergency service available

Expert service by trained professionals  •  Free estimates + competitive prices
All work guaranteed  •  Emergency service available

Expert service by trained professionals
Free estimates + competitive prices
All work guaranteed  •  Emergency service available

Expert service by trained professionals
Free estimates + competitive prices
All work guaranteed
Emergency service available

4704 Dolphin Dr  •  Lake Worth, FL 33463  •  561-689-1555

4704 Dolphin Dr • Lake Worth, FL 33463 • 561-689-1555

4704 Dolphin Dr
Lake Worth, FL 33463 • 561-689-1555

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