Indoor plumbing is a public health miracle that we take for granted until something goes wrong -- especially with the disposal of the used water. That's why it's important to understand your home's plumbing system, and to keep it properly maintained.
Typically, gravity is our friend in waste water removal. A septic system uses gravity to carry the waste water to an on site septic tank, where bacteria break down much of the solid material and a septic field allows the water to gradually leave behind its contaminants while returning to the ground. A sewer system uses gravity to allow waste water to flow to a treatment plant, where a multi-step system removes solids and contaminants before returning the now-clean, potable water to the municipal supply.
Sometimes the lay of the land doesn't cooperate with a gravity system. Lift stations are then used to carry the waste water up hill to the treatment plant. Lift systems can also be necessary for an individual home when the location of the plumbing does not allow gravity to carry the waste water to the septic tank or public sewer system.
Because of the high risk of contamination of the groundwater and the immediate environment, any home plumbing system should be constructed and maintained in keeping with local codes. Skilled plumbing professionals
, such as All About the Pipes Plumbing Inc., can help home owners deal with all aspects of plumbing, ensuring that their homes remain clean, healthy, and pleasant.