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  • SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECT DIAGNOSE REPAIR - home - CONTENTS: how to buy, own, maintain, repair or install a septic system, septic tank, and septic drainfield, leach field or soakaway bed. We also explain cesspools, drywells, and related wastewater disposal systems.
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How to Install, inspect, troubleshoot & repair septic tanks & fields.

These septic system articles explain how to buy, inspect, install, test, diagnose maintain and repair septic tanks, drainfields, and all other components of all types of septic systems.

We discuss how septic systems work, and how to provide septic system care to avoid replacing the septic system unnecessarily.

We provide septic cleaning and septic maintenance procedures, septic inspection methods, septic repair guides, and septic system design information. Page top: a peat mound septic system in Two Harbors, MN.

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Septic Systems - ST/SAS Septic Tanks & Soil Absorption Systems: installation, inspection, diagnosis, maintenance & repair

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Here we give in-depth information about conventional septic tanks, septic digesters, drain fields, soakaway beds, reed beds, seepage pits, cesspools, drywells, soakpits, and also septic pipes, and septic waste handling.

We describe and explain the need for and how to install alternative septic system designs for problem sites where the need is to save water or where it is difficult to dispose of septic waste.

We include tables for septic tanks: pumping frequency, septic tank size, septic tank design, and clearances between septic systems, wells, and other site features and boundaries.

This page organizes and links to our detailed septic system inspection, test, repair, and design articles, including our online septic systems book.

Septic testing class presentations, septic system photos, septic system design sketches, septic care tables, links to products and consultants are provided.

"How-To" Articles at our Septic System Information Website are in these groups: (these links are also at the "More Reading" links at the bottom of this article )

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  1. SEPTIC SYSTEM DESIGN BASICS, septic maintenance and septic care instructions for home owners and home buyers; steps to take when buying a home with a septic tank and septic fields, and basics septic system information about: |

    Septic soil & percolation tests, septic tank size, septic tank depth, septic tank tees, filters, graywater, clearances septic system to other site features, drainfield size, drainfield shape, tank pumping frequency, tank pumping procedure, tank repair, septic treatments & chemicals, steep slope systems
  2. SEPTIC SYSTEM DESIGN ALTERNATIVES, septic system designs, designers, suppliers & products for
    Aerobic, Alternating Bed, Biogas, Cesspools, Disinfection, Drywellos, Evaporation-Transpiration, Filters, Fixed-Film, Gravelless, Greywater, Lagoon, Latrines, Media Filter, Mound, Outhouses, Pressure dosing, raised bed, sand bed, sequencing batch reactor, sewage treatment, toilet alternatives, vegetative submerged bed, wastewater treatment, & wetland septic systems
  3. SEPTIC SYSTEM DESIGN & INSTALLATION articles on how to design & install an on-site private wastewater treatment system,
    that is, in normal-talk: a septic system.
  4. SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECTION & TESTING how to find and diagnose septic system problems
  5. SEPTIC SYSTEM MAINTENANCE & REPAIR septic system care, maintenance, repair or replacement procedures and products
  6. SEPTIC COMPONENT & PRODUCT SUPPLIERS lists of suppliers and repair experts for septic systems - where to buy septic system parts
  7. SEPTIC SYSTEM VIDEOS"how to" videos describe how to find the septic tank, how to find the drainfield, dealing with septic pump alarms, and other septic system inspection, maintenance, and repair tutorials in short videos hosted at You Tube
  8. SEPTIC TANK FAQs frequently-asked questions about septic tanks

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We discuss just about every septic system topic and product at this website: septic tank and septic system drainfield or soakaway bed design, septic tank size, septic tank pumping frequency, septic tank cleaning, and septic tank inspection.

We also discuss cesspools and drywells, aerobic septic systems, septic system repairs, treatments, and additives or chemicals. If you find that something is missing from this website just CONTACT us and ask for it.

"Septic tanks" are what home owners or home buyers think of when buying or maintaining a home with a private septic system. But we should be thinking about the whole septic system - since the drain field or leach field makes up half of a typical septic system cost.

Septic tank care and septic tank cleaning need to be done on a regular frequency (we provide a septic tank pumping schedule table) in order to avoid ruining the drainfield.

Septic tank maintenance is not enough. Proper septic system design for the level of usage and soil conditions is critical if the system is going to have a long useful life.

We are also quite concerned with septic system health and safety since there are potential collapse hazards which can be fatal, and there are bacterial and pathogen hazards for both site occupants and for the environment if a septic system is not working properly.

The articles listed at this website form an extensive guide to septic systems care, inspection, testing, and installation. We welcome questions and suggestions for content.

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Septic System Basics - How Septic Systems Work, Septic Inspection, Septic Maintenance, Septic Repairs

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