New Jersey Septic System Inspection and Maintenance

Did you know that as a homeowner you’re responsible for maintaining your septic system? Did you know that maintaining your septic system protects your investment in your home? Did you know that you should periodically inspect your system and pump out your septic tank?

If properly designed, constructed and maintained, your septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of household wastewater. If your septic system isn’t maintained, you might need to replace it, costing you thousands of dollars. A malfunctioning system can contaminate groundwater that might be a source of drinking water. And if you sell your home, your septic system must be in good working order.

This article will help you understand how your system works and what steps you can take as a homeowner to ensure your system will work properly. To help you learn more, consult the professionals at Drain Visions who have years of experience dealing with issue in septic systems and plumbing repairs. Our certified technicians can perform various examinations and checks to ensure your system is operating properly.

A Typical Septic System Has Three Main Components:

Treatment Tank
A treatment tank is a buried, watertight structure designed and constructed to receive wastewater from a commercial, industrial, or residential structure. Treatment tanks are designed to be either anaerobic (septic) or aerobic. The septic treatment tank’s tranquil environment allows solids to separate from the liquids, provides limited digestion of organic matter, stores solids, and allows relatively clear effluent to discharge into the absorption area. The environment in an aerobic tank is an active one, in most cases having air forced into the effluent, or mechanical agitation devices, pumps or impellers constantly, or at timed intervals, mix the effluent. A properly working aerobic tank yields a more thoroughly treated effluent that is both clearer and has fewer odors.

Distribution System
The distribution system is the method by which effluent is conveyed from the treatment tank into the absorption area. The distribution may consist of a gravity delivery line to a distribution box, or to a tank with a lift or dosing pump, or to a siphon chamber. In the case of a cesspool system, there may be no distinct distribution system

Absorption Area
This component is very important because it is often the most expensive and most difficult component of an onsite system to correct due to pipe condition, soil quality, and possible landscaping intrusion from trees and shrubs.

Absorption of the effluent into the soil is key to proper performance of the system. A completely saturated absorption area will accelerate clogging and reduced efficiency, ultimately leading to an absorption area malfunction. This would then cause a failure of the entire septic system. Proper absorption is achieved through any one of the following:

  • cesspools
  • seepage pits
  • absorption beds and trenches
  • above grade mounds
  • soil replacement systems

When septic systems are properly designed, constructed, and maintained, they effectively reduce or eliminate most human health or environmental threats posed by pollutants in household wastewater. However, they require regular maintenance or they can fail. Septic systems need to be monitored to ensure that they work properly throughout their service lives. Drain Visions has decades of experience in monitoring, inspection and repairs of septic systems. Our preventative maintenance program can save you thousands in unexpected issues.

Call Drain Visions of Philadelphia, New Jersey or Delaware at 856-848-1199 or use the form below to schedule your septic system inspection today!

For even more helpful information, consult the New Jersey Homeowner’s Guide to Septic Systems

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