Topic: Re: OT - Speaking of Septic Systems
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A septic tank will fill with water within a week or two of installation or pumping, then most solids will degrade as others have said, but it will slowly accumulate at both bottom and top. Some stuff sinks, some floats. The baffles will reach down about a foot and a half, so you are good until you accumulate more than a foot and a half of floating solids. After the solids reach down to the bottom of the outlet baffle they start going under and out into your field and slowly plug it up. Once it is fairly well plugged you will see moisture bleeding out, and your field needs to be replaced. probably ten-twenty thousand depending on the setting. Pumping is very cheap compared to rebuilding for my money. I used to get mine done every three years, but after the kids were gone I let it go nine. I watched as the guy pumped it and we saw that the solids were within an inch of going under the baffle, so now I am on six year cycle. When you get it pumped they don't go down inside and clean it the hose starts sucking air at around six inches so there is still enough bacteria left in there to restart twenty tanks. Go ahead and wait till it fails!!! There are plenty of excavation contractors that are slow and need the business.
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