Living in the country has its perks: fresh air, gorgeous scenery, peace and quiet. The land in Edinburg is an affordable way to experience nature and owning your own lot of land is part of the American dream. It is important to note that owning a home away from the congested city means that you will need to be connected to a septic tank system to dispose of your waste. Septic tanks are individual sewage systems that allow families to build their dream home exactly where they want it.
If it is your first time owning a home with a septic tank, there are a few things you should know in order to prevent accidentally damaging the system. Septic system needs to be routinely inspected to ensure everything is working the way it should. Santa Cruz Properties has lots for sale in Edinburg and we specialize in working with families looking for owner financed land. Contact Santa Cruz Properties at (956) 383-0868 to learn more about the opportunity to own your own land and build a home that could last your family generations.Live the #AmericanDream with #SantaCruzProperties Click To Tweet
How Septic Tanks Work
A septic system has two parts that allow it to dispose of wastewater from the house successfully and these systems are common throughout rural America where municipal sewage systems are not ideal. Anything that goes down the drain will end up in your septic system, so you want to be aware of what is being disposed of to avoid potential problems with your system.
Water and waste that end up in the septic tanks naturally separate into different layers. Solid materials end up in the bottom of the tank, where they become trapped. This layer of waste is known as sludge. The top layer in the septic tank contains lighter solids, such as soap suds, hair, and fats. This layer is referred to as scum, and the system uses baffles to trap the scum, preventing it from escaping the tank. In between these two layers is a third layer of wastewater that gets drained from the system when the levels are right.
Every septic tank has a drainage system that consists of a series of perforated pipes that strategically release wastewater into a drainage or absorption field. Bacteria and other organisms that live underground naturally break down waste and allow for the water to safely return to the ecosystem. Some systems have one large drainage field, while others use multiple, smaller zones to release the buildup of wastewater. The company that installs the septic system will take the land into account and design a system that drains well.
How to Keep Your System Healthy
Checking the system regularly can help you identify problems before they become serious. Routine inspections should take place once every two years as a bare minimum, but it is better to check the scum and sludge levels annually. Owners of financed land in Edinburg have access to licensed septic-field inspection companies that will service the system for a small fee.
Depending on certain factors, such as the number of people in the household, the size of the tank, and the number of solids disposed of down the drain, septic tanks generally have to be drained only once per year. Hiring a professional to maintain the system will keep it running at an optimal level and can help you identify potential problems at an early stage. When cared for properly, septic systems can last for over 25 years.Hire a #professional to maintain your septic system #SCPRGV #Tip Click To Tweet
Septic Tank Do’s and Don’ts
Bacteria in the tank break down solid waste and keep the septic system working. Because of their role in keeping your system in balance, it is important to keep household chemicals out of the wastewater. Garbage disposals are notorious for overloading the system too quickly and you may choose to start a compost pile instead. Like with other sewage systems, never put coffee grounds or cooking grease down the drain. This can build thick layers along the pipes that will restrict and eventually stop wastewater from being drained efficiency, leading to costly repairs.
Other items that should not be introduced to the septic system are:
- Non-biodegradable objects
- Feminine hygiene products
- Cat litter
- Paper towels
Instead of putting these things down the drain, simply dispose of them in the trash can. Responsible septic system owners never drive or park on their system’s drain field, and you should measure the distance from your system before planting trees or shrubs. Roots have been known to branch out and penetrate septic systems, eventually clogging them. When this happens, you will have to obtain the services of a professional to remove the plant material and your system might be ruined.
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Santa Cruz Properties has land for sale that is ideal for building homes that use septic tanks. If you are interested in owning land, getting back to nature, and living an independent life, then this is a deal for you.