Be Septic Smart

Chavis Septic Services is dedicated educating homeowners on how septic systems work and how to maintain them. With just a little knowledge and education, homeowners can save thousands of dollars over the lifetime of their septic system if it is cared for.

That’s why we dedicated a portion of our website to Be Septic Smart. Navigate through these pages to see everything from how septic systems works to frequently asked questions.

A septic tank is a watertight structure that is usually made of concrete, plastic, or fiberglass. It is used to collect and hold wastewater that leaves your home. Wastewater enters the tank through the inlet pipe and solids settle out of the liquid graywater; the graywater then flows out of the outlet pipe and into the soil absorption system.

Learn more about septic tanks here.

Soil absorption systems treat wastewater that leaves a septic tank. The wastewater that leaves a septic tank is referred to as effluent, and this effluent enters the soil absorption system where it percolates down into the soil and eventually enters groundwater. Common soil absorption systems are drainfields and drywells.

Learn more about soil absorption systems here.