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How do I know what kind of septic system I have?

How do I know what kind of septic system I have?

Walk around your yard to look for a large bump in the grass on one side of the house. A sign that you have a septic system is a domed area under the grass. The size of the bump will vary depending on your house and the number of toilets you have, but it may be noticeable.

What was the original name of the septic tank?

This treatment chamber became known as the septic tank. Note that the septic tank has a baffle at each end to help keep waste in the tank. The original pit remained as the part of the system that returned “clarified” wastewater to the ground.

How did the first septic system get built?

In the early days, when man wanted to have some privacy and protection from the elements when he did his “chores” he dug a hole in the ground, lined it with stone, brick, wood or other available material and built an “outhouse” above. Delivery of the waste to its final resting place was by gravity.

Why was the cesspool added to the septic system?

It soon became obvious that the cesspool often couldn’t handle the extra load of the wastewater along with the waste. Eventually somebody figured out that by putting a watertight tank in the line between the house and the cesspool, much of the waste could be removed from the flow of wastewater and trapped in the tank where it would decompose.

When did concrete septic tanks start to decay?

The tank tops starting with the third compartment are badly decayed, while the walls show little or no decay. In 1960, precast tanks became common. One manufacturer quickly became the dominant supplier in our county. The tanks installed from 1960 through the mid- to late 1970s held up pretty well. Tanks installed after that decayed rapidly.

This treatment chamber became known as the septic tank. Note that the septic tank has a baffle at each end to help keep waste in the tank. The original pit remained as the part of the system that returned “clarified” wastewater to the ground.

In the early days, when man wanted to have some privacy and protection from the elements when he did his “chores” he dug a hole in the ground, lined it with stone, brick, wood or other available material and built an “outhouse” above. Delivery of the waste to its final resting place was by gravity.

Where does the septic tank go in a house?

The septic tank is installed along the sewer line that extends from the home into the front yard. In the basement or crawl space, locate the 4-inch sewer pipe at the point where it leaves the house.

How to build a small septic tank system?

Place gravel in the trench until the top of the gravel is level with the top of the stakes. The gravel will now slope away from the drums at 1⁄4 inch (0.64 cm) per 1 foot (30 cm) of horizontal distance. Place 20 ft (6.1 m) of perforated drain pipe onto each hole on the second drum.