Septic Systems 101: Your Basic Guide to Septic Tank Parts

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Septic Systems 101: Your Basic Guide to Septic Tank PartsWhen you purchase a home or business with a septic system for the first time, you might be wondering what you need to know about keeping your septic system in good working order. If you feel a little confused or overwhelmed with all the information out there, you’re certainly not alone.

Here at William Dustin Septic, we’re your local experts on septic systems, and we’d like to go over some basic facts you should know about your system. In this article, we’ll briefly go over the different septic tank parts to give you a better understanding of how your system operates and how various components work together. Here are some key septic tank parts you should know about:

  • Septic Tank – Of course, one of the most important septic tank parts is the septic tank itself. This durable container is designed to hold solid waste while allowing wastewater to flow out into the drain field. Your tank will need to be regularly pumped out to prevent it from overflowing or causing other unpleasant problems.
  • Inlet Pipe – The inlet pipe channels water from your home’s drains to the septic tank.
  • Outlet Pipe – The outlet pipe channels wastewater from the septic tank to the drain field.
  • Filter – A filter helps ensure that solid waste doesn’t flow into the drain field with the liquid wastewater.
  • Sump Pump – A sump pump can help remove excess wastewater to prevent your drain field from flooding.
  • Drain Field – A drain field is an underground network of pipes that gradually allows effluent to flow into the soil. As the water permeates the soil, it is naturally filtered and further processed before it can reach the groundwater.