When it comes your septic system, you may not know much beyond how often it needs to be pumped out and inspected. However, understanding the components of a septic system and how that system functions will allow you to better troubleshoot your system. It will also help you understand why issues are occurring (or recurring) and how you can adjust your lifestyle to ensure that you don’t overload or break your septic system. Here is a basic rundown of the components of a septic system and how it all works together to process your wastewater.

Your septic system is a large investment. Proper septic system installation costs several thousand dollars. For this reason, it’s important not only to pumpout your system regularly, but also to make sure that your drainfield can function optimally. When your drainfield is failing, your tank will need to be pumped more often. If you’re experiencing issues with your drainfield, here are the most common causes for the drainfield failure:

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