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What to Know When Moving Into a Home With a Septic Tank April 6, 2020

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What to Know When Moving Into a Home With a Septic Tank, Preston, Connecticut

Homes that have their own septic tanks are typically not connected to the municipal sewer system. If your property comes with a system, you’ll be responsible for its upkeep, but don’t be intimidated. Here’s a brief guide on the inner workings of the tank and how to perform septic maintenance properly.   

How Does a Septic Tank Work?

Septic tanks are an integral part of onsite waste management systems. Commonly, they’re located underground and sealed tight, and are the first location for wastewater disposal. Solid waste in the tank sinks to the bottom and forms sludge, while grease and oil float to the top, becoming scum. Meanwhile, the middle layer primarily comprises greywater that flows to the nearby drain through an outlet. As a result, the scum and sludge remain inside until they’re pumped out.

The septic tank contains bacteria—either anaerobic or aerobic, which breaks down the waste. Systems with anaerobic bacteria don’t need oxygen to decompose wast. Aerobic microbes require an air pump since there’s no oxygen naturally present in the septic tank. Always ask the property’s seller to provide documentation about the septic system for further observations.

What You Can Do to Maintain It

As with most systems in your home, routine upkeep is the key to ensuring a tank’s longevity and efficiency. Fortunately, septic maintenance isn’t so tedious when you follow a few essential tips:septic maintenance

  • Schedule Regular Pumping: Routine septic pumping clears out the accumulated waste in your septic tank. However, the frequency varies depending on capacity and household use. Sometimes, intervals can go for as long as five years.

  • Opt for Annual Inspections: Have a septic maintenance specialist examine the tank for issues at least once a year.

  • Practice Good Habits: Your tank holds so much wastewater before it overflowing, so ensure you’re conserving water. Don’t flush plastic-based products, fibrous materials, and harmful chemicals that will burden the system.

  • Look out for Warning Signs: Always pay attention to red flags, such as slow-moving drains, persistent clogs, foul odors, and sewage backups—call for immediate assistance to prevent the issue from worsening.


For the best results on septic maintenance in your home, look no further than Abrahamson Septic. Based in Preston, CT, they offer a range of residential septic services, including septic pumping, cleaning, repairs, and installation. They also conduct septic inspections to assess the current condition of your system. Call (860) 889-7939 or visit their website to see how they can help you.

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