In the last blog, a case was made for owners of septic systems to become involved with monitoring the health of their system. One of the ways this can be done is to monitor the sludge and scum layer thicknesses in the septic tank. There are a couple of tools owners of septic systems can use to perform this task.
Home improvement projects, especially in older homes, can generate a lot of liquid waste – some of it hazardous to human health. In most homes, lead paint chips, certain chemicals, latex paint and other substances can be washed or flushed into the sewer system where advanced waste treatment systems process it and remove the harmful substances. However, what do homeowners with septic systems do with liquid waste?
One of the most important functions of a septic tank is to hold wastewater for a period of time so that solids within the incoming wastewater can settle at the bottom of the tank in the sludge layer. This settling process, along with the consumption of organic waste by the bacterial environment within the septic tank, are crucial processes to maintaining drainfield permeability.
We have dealt with a couple of recurring septic system operational issues over the years. Both of these issues, unfortunately, are signs that a septic system is not healthy and on the path to failure.