Explaining How the Septic System in Your Atlanta Home Works
Bowen’s Septic & Environmental has more than 30 years of experience serving the Atlanta area, but many people don’t know how their systems work. For properties that don’t have access to municipal sewage disposal, the alternative is an underground unit where bacteria take care of the bulk of the waste. The leftovers separate into three layers:
- Solids, which settle to the bottom into a layer known as sludge
- Grease and oil, which float to the top as scum
- Liquids, which discharge from the tank to filter through the soil and rejoin the water table
Maintenance to Keep Your System Working Properly
While your waste disposal network is out of sight beneath your backyard, proper maintenance is some of the most important septic information you should know. The biggest thing you can do as a property owner is vigilantly monitor the materials that enter your tank. Since the setup relies on bacteria to break things down, it’s vital that you limit the amount of antibacterial or antiseptic substances that exit your home. Failure to do so could create an inhospitable environment for these integral microscopic creatures. You should also have a professional come periodically to pump out the sludge layer and add bacteria back into the system.
We Proudly Serve Dunwoody, Chamblee & Beyond
Whether you live in Chamblee, Dunwoody or any other area of Atlanta, contact Bowen’s Septic & Environmental for installation, repair and maintenance of your waste disposal unit. If you notice poor flushing, unpleasant odors, overflow from your tank’s manholes or pools of water in the yard, you could be experiencing a failing system. To learn more septic tank facts or schedule an appointment for one of our environmental services, give us a call today at 770-483-7802.