Understand Your Septic System and Its Maintenance

The Stool Bus wants to help our customers avoid problems by understanding how their septic systems work and the maintenance they need. Here are some of the frequently asked questions our technicians can answer for you before you call our office. Don’t see your question answered here? Please call The Stool Bus for more information and to schedule a free consultation.


How does my septic system basically work?

Conventional septic systems include a septic tank, distribution box, and soil absorption system (SAS). The septic tank separates the solid and liquid wastes. Then the wastewater branches out into a filtration system. Finally, the SAS finishes cleaning the wastewater before releasing it into the ground.


How do I avoid septic system repair costs and unhealthy drain backups?

Some easy habits and techniques will save you septic system troubles and save you water and money. Some hints for septic system care include

  • Don’t pour grease down your drains
  • Don’t pour bleach or cleaning chemicals in your drains
  • Cut down on water usage to not overload your system
  • Only toilet paper gets flushed

Why do I need to repair or replace my failing septic system?

Dysentery, hepatitis and other diseases can spread to your family and pets in the inadequately treated wastewater that leaks from a failing septic system. Your inadequate system needs repair or replacement because it is also releasing bacteria that can kill vegetation and contaminate your ground water.


Where should I place a septic system on my property?

Most importantly, do not have your septic system installed where you want to build a permanent or temporary structure, not even an above-ground pool. Your system needs open ground to drain properly so do not place it where you will place a driveway or parking lot. Also choose an open spot with trees at least 75 feet away. For more information and a free consultation, call The Stool Bus.

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