When you purchase property, one of the first things you need to find out is whether the home will be on a private or public sewer. Many homeowners panic when they find out that the perfect piece of land that they have their eyes set on will require installing a private sewer system.
However, septic systems are a lot more common than many people think. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than one in five American homes rely on private wastewater treatment. To install these systems, you will need to work with septic tank installers.
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No two systems are exactly alike, especially when you add the plumbing from a main building to the mix. However, most septic systems follow the same basic premise. All the wastewater in your home gets channeled to one main pipe that transports it all to the waste management system buried underground. The tank itself is watertight and can be constructed from plastic, concrete or steel.
When the waste collects inside the tank, the solids sink to the bottom. Bacteria then breaks them down to form sludge. Lighter semi-solids float to the surface to form scum. In the middle is effluent, which is the liquid portion of the waste. Most systems leach the effluent out into a drain field. The soil in the field then treats the liquid, eliminating the risk of contamination.
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