Are you Septic Smart?
Septic systems are underground wastewater treatment structures that use a combination of natural and technological processes to treat wastewater from residential plumbing. They are separate from the county sewer system. Sewer from a county line is treated at a water reclamation facility, but septic systems treat wastewater onsite. If you are wondering whether your home is on septic or a county sewer line, take a look at your water bill. If don’t see a charge for sewer on your bill, your home is on a septic system. You can always contact us to refer a reliable plumber to assist you.
Knowing how to properly care for your septic system is beneficial to your health and reduces negative impacts to the environment. Taking care of your septic will also lessen the expense of repairs, or replacements, to the system.
Every septic system owner should know where the tank is located and have it inspected, as well as the drain lines and the absorption field, on a regular basis. A certified inspector should check your system and pump the tank every 3-5 years. The routine expense of maintaining your system is much more cost-effective than dealing with a system failure. Sewage odor, soggy soil, and/or wastewater back up into your home are all signs of a septic system failure. We strongly recommend a septic inspection or sewer line scope for all home buyers.
There are simple measures you can take to properly care for your septic system on a daily basis.
- Using water efficient fixtures
- Verifying that the home water pressure is at or below 80 pounds per inch (psi)
- Fixing water leaks
- Only flushing the 3 Ps: Toilet Paper, Pee, and Poop
- Never park vehicles or heavy machinery above the septic system or drain field
- Keep the area around and above the system free of tree roots
Take a look at our Eco-Logical video to better understand how to maintain your septic system.
For more information, visit: www.cobbcounty.org/water/education/water-quality/home/septic-systems.