Septic Maintenance consists of regular inspection, every two to three years (depending on the tank size and use of the system), a licensed sewage disposal contractor should be hired to pump out the tank to remove the sludge buildup. Smaller Tanks Should be pumped out more frequently to prevent complete Septic System removal and installation of a new one. When more people are living in the same house using an Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System or OSTDS ,not only will this increase the capacity of the system by creating more room for the wastewater, but it will also prevent the sludge from entering the tile bed area causing additional cost that could be prevented with daily preventative maintenance.
Above is a diagram of a concrete Septic Tank that shows the inner workings of the unit. This will help you understand how and why it is necessary to frequently have your Onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS) routinely inspected and Pumped Out, then practice preventive maintenance on a daily basis to ensure the life of your Septic System and evading the higher costs of a new Septic Tank Installation.Having your own OSTDS can prove to be a highly efficient, self-contained, underground wastewater treatment system. Centralized sewer systems in rural areas can be more costly than personal units because of a much larger area that has to be covered, inspected and maintained. Personal Septic systems are also simple in design, which make them generally less expensive to install and maintain.
A septic system consists of two main parts-a septic tank and a drain field. The septic tank is a concrete or fiberglass watertight box with an inlet and outlet pipe on both sides. The waste water travels through the septic pipe from the house to the septic tank. The septic tank confines the wastewater treating it naturally by trapping it in the tank long enough for liquids and solids to separate. The wastewater forms three layers inside the tank. The Solids heavier than the water will settle down at the bottom of the tank, forming a layer of sludge. Grease and oils will float to the top forming a layer of scum. The middle layer of the tank is left with partially clarified wastewater.
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Tillman Septic Pumping is #1 in the #2 business, serving Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding communities with their expert services since 2007. We respond with in 24 hours of your request for service and maintenance. We provide complete residential, commercial and industrial septic tank service. Our family-owned and locally operated business has provided quality service in The Greater Jacksonville Area, where our customer’s complete satisfaction is our first priority.
Our services include septic tank pumping, tank installations, septic tank lid replacement, sump pump replacement, lift station maintenance contracts, lift station pumping and cleaning, drain field installations and repairs, septic truck rental, and septic tank inspections. A septic tank, as defined by Webster, is “an underground tank in which waste matter is decomposed through bacterial action. If there is too much solid material in your septic tank, the bacterial action is not taking place properly. Why? Not enough bacteria. If you have any questions about our services or your septic system please do not hesitate to call us. We pride ourselves on customer service and we always take care of our customers.
SEPTIC TANK AND DRAIN-FIELD INSTALLATION
Did you know that 25% of all Americans have their own personal waste water treatment facility? The responsibility of your Septic System operating properly rests solely on the property owner. Now Florida has legislation passed for mandatory inspections but do not get over whelmed here. These laws are for your protection and are designed to save you money and future crisis. Click HERE for Florida Regulation about Onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems. If you have recently had a new home built , and need a septic tank and drain-field installed you should only deal with the best reputable company in Jacksonville, Fl. to handle such operations. Tillman Septic Pumping Service would like to build a relationship with you and perform your install and handle all your future inspections and routine maintenance.
Mary Lusk, Gurpal S. Toor, and Tom Obreza2
This publication is part of a series titled Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems, commonly referred to as septic systems. This series is intended to give state and local government officials, soil scientists, consulting engineers, Extension agents, and citizens a basic understanding of onsite wastewater treatment and the behavior of different wastewater-borne contaminants coming from septic systems.
The fate of three groups of microorganisms — bacteria, protozoa, and viruses — in wastewater is an important consideration in onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (hereafter referred to as septic systems). Keeping pathogenic (disease-causing) microorganisms out of groundwater used for drinking water supplies is important to protect human health. The level of microorganisms in groundwater depends on the microorganism levels and the extent to which microorganisms are removed in the septic tank and drain field (also called the soil treatment unit, leach field, or soil absorption system). For an overview of septic systems, consult “Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems: An Overview” by Toor et al. (2011) available at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ss549.
Among microorganisms, bacteria are the most-studied group in septic systems because standard analytical methods for their detection have been developed. Bacteria are single-celled organisms with no membrane-enclosed nucleus or other organelles. They range in size from 0.2 to 2.0 µm in diameter. Bacteria are essential for proper functioning of septic systems because they facilitate much of the conversion of organic matter into less complex compounds in the septic tank, and they provide most of the wastewater treatment associated with septic systems that occurs in the drain field.
While the vast majority of bacteria are not harmful, certain types of bacteria cause disease in humans and animals. Examples of waterborne diseases caused by bacteria include cholera, dysentery, shigellosis, and typhoid fever. Cholera outbreaks, for example, have often been linked to drinking water contaminated with pathogenic bacteria from human sewage. Table 1 summarizes a few of the bacteria in wastewater and the human diseases and symptoms they cause. For bacteria found in Septic waste water click link http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ss552
A different shortcoming of the conventional septic system is that the clarified septic tank effluent still contains biodegradable solids and liquids. These can lead to eventual clogging of a drain field installed in soil that otherwise could percolate the volume of wastewater. A useful alternative for these sites is the aerobic treatment unit (ATU). The ATU is a sewage treatment system that replaces the septic tank or is added after the septic tank of a conventional septic system. ATUs introduce air into the sewage and use an aerobic (high oxygen) process rather than the anaerobic process used in conventional septic systems (Figure 2). By aerating (adding oxygen from air) the waste, the treatment process rate is increased, and many contaminants will be reduced to levels considerably lower than from a conventional septic tank. Effluent from an ATU is discharged into a drain field for further treatment in the soil, just as with a conventional septic tank system. ATUs usually refer to systems containing an aerator, but trickling or media filter technologies can also be included. ATUs require a higher energy input to power the aerator or pumps and regular operation and maintenance to maintain performance. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ss549
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