Septic tank maintenance

August 28th, 2013:

Greywater systems to limit water going into your cesspool.

This article will cover using greywater systems to limit water going into your cesspool. Having a business or a home of your own can be a very exhausting endeavor especially if you always end up with a cesspool problem. The problem lies within the cesspool. It was designed and made to cater to your household or business establishment. Maintaining it in optimal condition requires you to observe proper waste disposal and regard for the surrounding environment. Part of this regard is to limit the water that enters the cesspool system. This means that you should be mindful of how you use your water inside the home or business. If you only have your cesspool to catch all the wastewater and grey water, then you should anticipate inevitable system failure. You should discuss using grey water systems to limit water going into your cesspools with your septic expert. Only then would you achieve peace of mind that your cesspool will not fail.

What is grey water? This is the waste liquid that comes from houses or buildings excluding the waste from toilets. It is water from the bathtub, shower, sink, or laundry area. Backwater is the waste liquid that includes waste from the toilets. If your home or building has a mixed liquid waste from showers, tubs, sinks, and toilets, these become blackwater. If you want to lessen the water load that enters your cesspool, you need to have a grey water system installed. A grey water system is a wastewater system that decreases the amount of effluent that enters a cesspool system by collecting the grey water and separating it from the blackwater. If you know that your cesspool is built with a limited capacity, you should talk to your septic expert about constructing a drywell or a grey water system in your premises.

Grey water systems are also utilized for recycling and conserving water especially in areas where there is a minimal supply of water. There are grey water systems that include the roof runoff or rainwater. In general the grey water system does not include human waste. This means that the grey water does not need to be treated like blackwater when it is disposed of within the premises. The soil bio-mat and the soil filtration processes within the property are enough to make the water clean enough to release into the surrounding environment. With this, building code requirements for disposing of grey water is less strict than those for disposing blackwater. However, other areas still require the treatment process involved in a drywell to allow property owners to dispose of grey water on the surface of the ground.

Your cesspool needs a grey water system if it has a limited water load capacity. You should prevent the water load from filling up your cesspool because it is going to stir up the solid waste materials. This delays the degradation process done by the anaerobic bacteria. When this happens, the solid waste flow through the perforations of your cesspool and block the surrounding absorption area. When the absorption area becomes filled with untreated wastewater, the aerobic bacteria die off, allowing the bio-mat to proliferate. The bio-mat clog the soil absorption area. Eventually, the cesspool fails. That is why you need to consider using an efficient grey water system for your cesspool. Doing so will enable you to save money on huge cesspool repairs and a great deal of heartbreak.

Installing a grey water system for your home or business will let you recycle or conserve water especially if you are in an area where there is a shortage of clean water. These places have certain limitations in supplying water, so it is necessary to treat and filter grey water so that it could be used for flushing toilets and watering crops and lawns. Generally, a grey water system can save about 50 gallons to 100 gallons of water in one day or perhaps even more than that. It depends on the manner and level of water usage in your home or business. Even if your home or business has access to a municipal water supply, you can still benefit from a grey water system. You could effectively recycle water in your own home or building and this could definitely help you save on your water bills.

Talk to your septic expert about the grey water system so that you could gain the benefits of having recycled grey water within your premises.

How plastics and nylons from laundry water can cause clogging in a cesspit

This article will cover how plastics and nylons from laundry water can cause clogging in a cesspit. Pollution is a genera term for contamination that happens in the main parts of the environment—land, air, and water. It has long been an issue in many communities and once again, the awareness of pollution has been increased. More and more households are participating in making sure that their components are functional yet environment friendly. It is not a hidden fact that plastic makes it into every home. It may have been an accidental product but it certainly made a lot of difference. Plastic can be found in anything. You find it in food containers, car parts, appliances, furniture, accessories, and even clothing. Laundry water is a common vehicle for nits of fibers and non-biodegradable fragments to make it into your cesspit. When an uncontrolled amount of plastic or nylon enters the cesspit, clogging takes place. If your cesspit experiences clogging, your household and your entire property will turn into chaos.

The cesspit is the forerunner of the modern septic system. It is responsible for treating and purifying your wastewater. If you don’t have a greywater system or a dry well, your cesspit will take all the used water from your dishwasher, showers, drains, and washing machine. If plastic is present in the greywater that come from these sources, your cesspit will surely be in trouble. Plastic is a synthetic substance. Manufacturers of plastic products may have discovered a way to make them biodegradable but most of it remains synthetic and non-biodegradable. So, when plastic makes it into your cesspit, the anaerobic bacteria won’t be able to break down the rest of the plastic components. Bits of non-biodegradable plastic will just stay in the cesspit and clog the entire system. If this clogging isn’t addressed at the soonest, your entire property will experience total chaos. There will be wastewater backups, flooding, and overflow that will lead to cesspit failure.

Another bad thing that comes from biodegradable plastic in the laundry water is the methane that’s produced when it is degraded by the anaerobic bacteria. Methane is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. In high levels, methane can be toxic. Methane is a flammable gas that is hazardous to your home especially if it is exposed to flames. You might end up with a large crater in your backyard  because of an explosion. Worse than that, household members may be injured. Because of the possible dangers of plastic, you should know how plastics and nylons from laundry water can cause clogging in a cesspit. If you do, you will be able to prevent cesspit problems.

As a responsible home and cesspit owner, you should make sure that plastic will not be able to enter the cesspit. Additional filters in the washing machine and in the inflow pipe should be able to prevent plastic fibers and particles from entering the cesspit. Filters should also be installed and constantly checked so that they could be replaced on a regular basis. Efficient filters will definitely help keep solid waste particles from laundry water away from the cesspit. Since plastic fibers won’t be degraded anymore, they will only accumulate and clog the perforations along the sides of the cesspit. Minute particles of plastic might even be pushed into the surrounding soil absorption system. The aerobic bacteria in the soil absorption system also won’t be able to break down the plastic particulates so clogging will still take place.

When cesspit clogging happens, the aerobic bacteria are killed off. If aerobic bacteria die, the biomat will not be regulated anymore. Biomat will increase in number and help the plastic particles clog the system as well. Plastic is not your cesspit’s friend. So, you have to make sure that it doesn’t make it into your wastewater treatment system. You should discuss installing a greywater system or a dry well with your septic expert so that your cesspit won’t have to deal with laundry water and possible plastic contamination. It may cost more, but it will yield more benefits for your cesspit.