For certain reasons, some homes were built without being connected to main sewer lines. These homes have their own sewage systems, sometimes called on-site systems, on lot systems, on-site waste water treatment systems and individual sewer disposal system. In truth, these are are all septic tank systems, and being the owner of a house with a septic tank system means it is your responsibility to keep this system clean. Understand the different parts that make up a septic system so that you can understand what you need to do to maintain the system properly.
Septic tank – A buried airtight tank that is installed in the backyard. Waste water from your home enters the tank through a pipe. Solid waste settles to the bottom as sludge while oil and grease float on the top as scum. Sometimes this waste water in the septic tank is referred to as a cesspool. Compartments and screens prevent any solid material from leaving the tank and entering the drainfield.
Drainfield – Second stage of the septic system. Drainfields are installed below the septic tank, where the waste water can filter into them and be treated by the soil. If a drainfield is overloaded with water it will flood, causing sewage to seep on the ground or backups in plumbing fixtures.
Soil – The main treatment for septic systems. Soil treats the sewage using aerobic and anaerobic bacteria to remove harmful substances.
Pumping – Process of removing sludge buildup in the septic tank by using a pump to suck it out.
Wholesale – The sale of goods to retailers, professionals or other businesses besides a usual customer. They often buy in bulk and sale in smaller amounts. Often, wholesalers do not have to charge sales taxes on their products.
Many people have septic tanks and systems in their front or back yards. These cesspools act as septic treatment tanks, water absorption systems, and waste water disposal systems. Sometimes home owners need to replace their septic tank if the system is very old, or if a larger tank is desired. The recommended time between pumping can be between two and four years, depending on usage.
So where does one buy a septic tank and system? One can seek out a wholesaler if large quantities are needed, such as by a contractor who is building new homes. Wholesalers typically sell these items in bulk at a discount cost to both septic tank installation professionals and contractors. They can be geared towards residential or commercial use, and vary in gallon size. Many companies feature regular sales on certain sewer drains and systems, offering pretty good discounts when bought in bulk.
Because septic tanks and systems must be pumped out on a regular basis to prevent overflow, professionals are often called in for this task. They may also provide design services and necessary materials. Regular maintenance may also be needed because malfunctioning septic systems can lead to seepage of ground waste water into the yard and persistent foul odors, especially after rainfall. Therefore, this becomes both a safety and environmental concern. Septic tanks and systems wholesalers usually sell a large variety of aerobic and standard tanks and related accessories. Home owners can replace their own tanks if they are handy, but most people hire a contractor or plumbing professional skilled in this area.
In addition to sales, such wholesalers may offer installation, repair, pump replacement, disposal, and aeration. Consumers can look for sales and bulk discounts online or in their local paper. They can also consult their plumber for recommendations and advice.