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Quality Septic System Services, including Septic System Maintenance

Keeping your septic system working is easy with septic system services from Atlantic Septic & Sewer, Inc. in Jackson, New Jersey, from bacteria installations to pumping, we do it all.

Understanding Your System

A septic system is buried. The septic tank was introduced in the 1900s in England and functions as a mini sewer system and mini waste treatment plant. Simply put, it organically decomposes waste matter, including household waste through bacterial action.It's buried in the ground and consists of some piping, a watertight tank and a leaching field or seepage pit. The leaching field consists of a network of perforated pipes laid just under the surface of the ground in a pattern on a bed of gravel. A seepage pit is a large perforated tank with a bed of gravel surrounding it.

A Healthy System

In a healthy system, clear water exits the septic tank and enters the leaching field or seepage pit. It drains into the gravel, is absorbed by the surrounding soil and evaporates into the air above the field.

Maintaining Your Septic System

The first part of septic system maintenance is regularly pumping the sludge layer that accumulates at the bottom of the tank. While there is no home remedy to this, pumping helps to maintain the size of the water layer and eliminates any possibility of sludge entering and clogging the leaching field or seepage pit, preventing the high cost of a replacement.

The Second Step

The second part of septic system maintenance involves the bacteria necessary for digesting organic solids in the floating layer. Bacteria is very sensitive to many cleaning products and commonly used chemicals, such as detergents, bleach, polishes, drain openers, cleaners and solvents.
If the bacteria are killed or not present in sufficient numbers to digest the floating layer and maintain its size, these harmful solids will exit your tank, clog your leaching field and harm the environment.

Routine Pumping

Pumping your tank regularly is essential. The frequency depends on a number of elements, including:

  • The Tank Size (Its Volume)
  • Number of People It Supports
  • Frequency of Showers,
  • Laundry and Flushing
  • Type of Soil in Leaching Field
  • Design and Condition of Leaching Field
  • How Much Organic Material Is Introduced