Ronnie's Septic Tank Service, Inc.  5 Queensbury Rd, Brewster, NY  10509  (914) 774-1952                  website design by The Brilliant Assistant
Ronnie's Septic Tank Service - Septic Basics
The Basics of a Septic System
The septic tank system is a small, on-site sewage treatment and disposal system buried into the ground.  The system has two essential parts: (1) the tank, and (2) the soil absorption area. 

Solid material overflowing into the soil absorption area should be avoided at all costs.It is this overflow that clogs the soil's pores and 
causes septic systems to fail.  

Two main factors cause solid
material to build up enough
to cause an overflow: 
(1) bacterial deficiency,
and (2) lack of sludge

Bacteria MUST BE
PRESENT in the
septic tank to break
down and digest the
organic solids. 
Normal household waste
normally provides enough
bacteria to digest the
UNLESS any harm is done to the bacteria.  Bacteria are very sensitive to environmental changes,
so check the labels of products you normally use in the home; products carrying the harsh warning "HARMFUL OR FATAL IF SWALLOWED" are most likely harmful to bacteria as well.  The following commonly-used home-care products can reduce the bacteria population required for proper septic tank operation, EVEN WHEN USED ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTIONS:
  • detergents
  • disinfectants
  • toilet cleaners
  • bleaches
  • acids
  • polishes
  • cleaning compounds
  • sink & tub cleaners
  • caustic drain openers
People rarely think of the effects these everyday products have on their septic tank system. What kind of effect do you think "anti-septics" have on your septic tank system?

Bacteria must be present to digest the scum.  If not digested, the scum will accummulate until it overflows and clogs the soil absorption area. The sludge in the septic tank - inorganic and inert material - is not biodegradable and will not decompose. If it is not removed, the sludge will also accummulate until it eventually overflows and clogs the soil absorption area. 
Unhealthy Septic System
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