We at Scarbrough Enterprise have a dedication to serving you our customer in the best way possible. To best serve you we have dedicated the section of our site to discussing common issues with your septic system and what needs to be done to correct said issues. From aerobic, conventional septic, to lagoons we have the tips for maintaining your system to last a lifetime.
Conventional System Parts
There are several parts to your conventional septic to familiarize yourself with and to better serve you we will go over the basics. To start the first item leaving yourself (should be present on any system installed in the last 15 years) is the plumbers cleanout shown to the right. Your cleanout is where you would typically run a snake to clear clogs when there is an issue but can also be used to find where the true issue lies. If your toilets wont flush and your cleanout is dry then you have a clog in the house but if its full your issue is back towards the tank.
Your septic tank and baffles are the next stop and depending on the age of the system may contain some differences. Your tank is where primary settling takes place and sludge builds up that needs to be pumped out and properly disposed of to prevent catastrophic failure (see images 3 and for for more information). Every tank should have a baffle on the inlet and the outlet to ensure the system does as designed. The inlet baffle (pictured right) is shorter and its purpose is to keep the scum layer from clogging your sewer pipe and prevent wakes within the tank. The outlet baffle is much longer and its purpose is to only allow the clearest water to pass to the rest of the system, without the outlet baffle the remainder of the system will get damaged by the solid material and lead either to replacement or other costly repairs.
Laterals and Lagoons
Lateral fields and lagoons achieve the same goal and thusly are plagued by some similar issues. The two most common of which are overwatering (either from water leaks, overuse, or torrential rain) and solids from the tank (either from a missing baffle or sludge build up). Other issues can include improper installation (laterals installed too deep or not level), root and vegetation buildups, and crushed piping. all of which are resolvable issues and free estimates are available by phone or email!!
Caring for Your Septic Information pamphlet
Septic Tank Information
Homeowners Guide to Septic Management
Care and General Information on Septic Systems Including Pumping Guide