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About Septic Systems

M&M Septic Service is a full service septic company. We specialize in septic system maintenance and septic field installation. In order to understand how your septic system can function most efficiently, let's take a look at what a septic system does.

What is a Septic System?

In most "conventional" septic systems constructed within the last 25 years, the soil absorption system (SAS) consists of either gravity fed trenches or a bed constructed of perforated plastic pipe laid locality, the pipe is commonly 4 inches in diameter with 1/2" to 5/8" holes on 3-to-5 inch centers long the length of the pipe and located 30 degrees above the vertical diameter of the pipe (at approximately and 7 o'clock or 4 and 8 o'clock). The depth of gravel below the pipe commonly ranges from 6 inches to 12 inches. Soil absorption systems contain either a series of parallel trenches 36 inches wide or a single continuous bed of gravel instead of trenches. Although beds are generally easier to construct, they lack the added sidewall absorptive capacity and capability for atmospheric oxygen transfer provided by trenches.

Even properly designed and installed systems eventually fail; this fact is easy to forget when the system is buried and operating effectively. A failure has a serious effect, however. Sewage backs up into the building or gathers on the ground. People and animals may become ill. Pollution may enter surface waters and shallow drinking water supplies. In addition to public health concerns, there is a costly repair bill. Normal activities are interrupted while the system is uncovered. Properly maintaining your septic tank, including having a regular maintenance & cleaning schedule, will extend the operating life of your septic field and make repairs easier to handle. A good start is knowing how to maintain the septic system and use it wisely.

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What are Advanced Treatment Systems?

Advanced treatment systems differ from conventional systems in a number of ways, the primary difference being that they further treat the wastewater before it is dispersed to the soil environment. Advanced treatment systems incorporate carefully designed treatment steps, and create conditions to facilitate a consistently high degree of treatment. Many advanced treatment systems control flow through the system using pumps and timers to avoid overloading the treatment and final dispersal components during periods of high water usage, or “peak flow” conditions, which could occur during a morning rush of activity or when many guests are in the home.... Click Here To Continue Reading