What to Do When Septic System Problems Occur – Selma NC

Is your Septic System having problems? Have obvious complications appeared? Call Selma’s trusted septic company, Brantley Septic. (919) 404-9511

We are Selma’s leading provider and servicer of residential and commercial septic systems.  We have seen and experienced every possible scenario that septic systems pose.  For new, and current, owners of septic systems, it helps to know the operational specifics of your septic system, including type.

A simple, basic understanding of how your Selma septic system works is all it takes to save time and money.  The ability to observe and catch a problem early is key to maintaining the health of your septic system and keeping costs down. A well-designed, professionally installed septic system can last for decades—or fail in just a few years, depending on how its treated and maintained.

The maintenance required, to maintain a healthy septic system, is not expensive, but you could easily spend tens of thousands if you have to dig up and replace a septic system that has failed.  Everything starts with good maintenance.  Regular ‘pumping’ removes sludge and scum from the tank.  Septic Systems Selma at Brantley Septic, we have septic system maintenance programs that will put your system on a regular schedule.  Put your Selma septic system on one today! (919) 404-9511

Selma Septic System – How It Works!

Did you know bacteria make a septic system work? Bacteria break down waste, leaving clean water to safely percolate down into the earth. The septic system is precisely designed to keep bacteria healthy and busy in the tank and the drain field. The flow of your Selma septic system keeps it working and healthy. Maintaining the systematic flow is the job of a Brantley Septic maintenance program.  How a septic system works:

  1. All waste flows to the septic tank.
  2. Watery waste, called “effluent,” fills most of the tank. Anaerobic bacteria begin breaking down the organic material in the effluent.
  3. A layer of sludge falls to the bottom. Sludge is composed of inorganic solids and the byproducts of bacterial digestion.
  4. A layer of scum floats to the top. Scum is primarily composed of fats, greases, and oils. The septic tank acts as a settling pond. Greases and oils float to the top. Heavier solids sink to the bottom.
  5. A filter prevents most solids from entering the outlet pipe.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Aerobic bacteria in gravel and soil complete the decomposition of the waste.
  9. Clean water seeps down into the groundwater and aquifer.

As the tank ages, the sludge builds up and requires regular consistent pumping by a pro.  Pumping removes the buildup of sludge and scum.  Sludge and scum slow down bacterial action in the tank. Your tank may require septic system service each year, but it is 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 a suitable pumping schedule.

Septic Systems in Selma

Your septic system for your Selma home or office is especially important to the health and safety of your family and employees, respectively.  Contact Brantley Septic and one of our experienced Selma septic system technicians will inspect, repair, and recommend a maintenance plan for your septic system. (919) 404-9511

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