Septic System Durham
Brantley Septic, Durham’s leading provider and servicer of septic systems, has experience every possible scenario of issues with septic systems. For new, and current, owners of septic systems, it helps to answer one simple question, How Does a Septic Tank Work?
Having a basic understanding of how your Durham septic system works will save you money over time by being able to observe a problem early. A well-designed, properly installed septic system can last for decades—or fail in just a few years, depending on how its treated and maintained. Maintaining a healthy septic system is not expensive, but you could easily spend tens of thousands to dig up and replace a septic system that has totally failed. It all starts with good maintenance. Regular ‘pumping’ removes sludge and scum from the tank, helping to keep a septic system in top shape. Brantley Septic is available with regularly scheduled septic system maintenance programs. Put your Durham septic system on one today! (919) 404-9511
Septic System Services for Durham, NC
Did you know bacteria is what makes a septic system work? Bacteria breaks down waste, leaving water clean enough to safely percolate down into the earth. The septic system is specifically designed to keep bacteria healthy and busy in the tank and in the drain field. The flow of your septic system, in Durham, is what keeps it going and healthy. Maintaining the systematic flow is the job of Brantley Septic once a maintenance program has been started.
- All waste flows to the septic tank.
- Watery waste, called “effluent,” fills most of the tank. Anaerobic bacteria begin breaking down the organic material in the effluent.
- A layer of sludge falls to the bottom. Sludge is composed of inorganic solids and the byproducts of bacterial digestion.
- A layer of scum floats to the top. Scum is primarily composed of fats, greases and oils. The septic tank acts like a settling pond. Greases and oils float to the top. Heavier solids sink to the bottom.
- A filter prevents most solids from entering the outlet pipe.
- Effluent flows to the drain field. The drain septic field provides a large area where bacteria can thrive, and treated water can seep into the ground.
- Holes in the drain septic field pipe allow effluent to seep into surrounding gravel. Gravel around pipes allows water to flow into soil and oxygen to reach bacteria.
- Aerobic bacteria in gravel and soil complete decomposition of the waste.
- Clean water seeps down into the groundwater and aquifer.
Over time sludge will build up in the septic tank and it must be pumped out regularly by a pro. Pumping removes the buildup of sludge and scum, which slows down bacterial action in the tank. Your tank may need pumping each year, but it’s possible to go two or three years between pumping, depending on the size of your tank and the amount of waste processed. Brantley Septic will access your septic system and recommend an appropriate pumping schedule.
Your septic system for your Durham home or office is very important to the health and safety of your family and employees respectively. Contact Brantley Septic and one of our experienced Durham septic system technicians will inspect, repair, and recommend a maintenance plan for your septic system. (919) 404-9511
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