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How Does a Septic Tank Work

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How Does a Septic Tank Work

How Does a Septic Tank Work?

The septic tank is often used for homes or other buildings that are not connected to a main sewage line. Let's take a closer look at how exactly a septic tank works.

A septic tank is quite common when it comes to a sewage solution. If you're not connected to a main sewage system you can install a septic tank and have a way to store your sewage safely. 

With a septic tank, solid and liquid waste are being kept separately. Solid waste will need to be emptied manually and this should always be done by a professional. 

The liquid waste will be handled by a process called percolation and is often treated so that it can be released into a waterway.

A septic tank is usually stored underground. The size of the tank will depend on the number of people that will use the tank. You should have these tanks emptied about six to eight times per year. Where it is not possible to have a septic tank, you can use a cesspool or cesspit. 

These are also stored underground. But if you have a property that is very old, make sure that the tank is still in a good condition and that the ground above or underneath it won’t give in. 

Many holiday homes often have a septic tank as they are not always connected to a main sewage system. If you are not sure how to install one, you can contact your local sewage or water company to assist. They can install it at a fee and also arrange for it to be emptied.