Orange County, NY 1 in 4 homes in the U.S., a septic system handles wastewater rather than using sewer mains to connect to the local sewage treatment plant. Wastewater and solids from toilets, kitchen sinks and washing machines flow through home plumbing to a septic tank underground. Solid wastes settle at the bottom of the tank while fats and oils float to the top, a process known as sludge. The liquid waste exits the tank through a baffle into a drain field or leach pit that’s buried under the ground to slowly disperse the wastewater.

The best way to avoid problems with a septic system is routine maintenance. Having the tank inspected and pumped regularly reduces the risk of a system failure. During the pumping process, a technician stretches a hose from a truck-mounted vacuum equipment to an opening in the septic tank after getting rid of its cover. The pumper then pumps the septic tank contents into a truck holding tanks. The process takes less than an hour, and during that time a technician also inspects the tank level, baffles, sump pump and aerator shaft.

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Other preventive measures include reducing the amount of solid waste that enters the system by monitoring what’s flushed down the drains and avoiding using a garbage disposal. Using high-efficiency plumbing and appliances reduces water usage, which helps a septic system function better. Finally, directing rainwater away from the absorption field and avoiding landscaping where tree roots can grow into the pipes can further improve a septic system’s performance and lifespan.

Busy Bee Septic and Excavating LLC
114 Houston St, Maybrook, NY 12543, United States