How does a septic tank work?
Septic tanks are a fantastic way to make your property more eco-friendly, and they are also an ideal solution to drainage and waste problems.
As well as being a solid investment in your home or business, septic tanks are much better for the environment than traditional sewerage alternatives, and they are becoming increasingly popular in rural areas.
But just how does a septic tank work?
What is a septic tank?
A septic tank is a wastewater disposal system that essentially uses bacteria to break down solid waste, allowing liquids to then drain off efficiently.
It is kind to the environment, and a worthy alternative to sewerage systems – especially if a building is in an area that’s not connected to the main sewers.
Septic tanks are usually built below ground level and are connected to a home or a property with pipes that allow wastewater to flush directly into a decomposition and drainage system outside.
How do septic tanks work?
A septic tank collects wastewater from a building, which is then separate into different layers.
A layer of grease or oils forms on top, while at the bottom sludge and heavy particles gather.
A septic tank is designed to release those liquids into the ground, but through a slow process that allows them to be absorbed over time.
The bacteria in the septic tank breaks down the heavier waste particles that are biodegradable, and those are in turn washed out too.
Emptying and servicing septic tanks
The key to a functioning septic tank is the bacteria that breaks down the sludge; this is what makes it such an environmentally friendly system of waste disposal.
However if sludge builds up, it can start to kill off the good bacteria and over time that risks lowering its efficiency.
This means you’ll need your septic tank serviced regularly to keep it working properly.
If you look after a septic tank properly, it can last for decades.
It’s important to know when you might have a problem or a build-up, so every few years you should ask a professional to empty and clean yours.
Why choose OMDI?
OMDI is a family-run business with well more than 20 years’ experience in the septic tank industry.
Our technicians and experts take pride in providing the best advice and customer service, and you can be reassured we will help you through the entire process from planning to installation.
But we don’t just install septic tanks, we also provide regular servicing to your new or improved system, and can provide solutions for all your drainage and sewer needs.
We’ll be there from start to finish, and you’ll know exactly how a septic tank works by the end.
Get in touch today for a free quote
Are you looking to install a septic tank in your home or business premises?
Contact OMDI today for a free, no-obligation quote for your project.
Our knowledgeable team are on hand to answer all your septic tank enquiries.