If you have any type of sewage system, it's inevitable that you'll require septic system installation at some point in time. Caring for your septic system and tank sufficiently by having it cleaned and pumped routinely can go a long way to preventing problems, but sometimes the unthinkable happens and the drain lines clog. The good news is, our expert partners know just how to handle this. Understanding How Your Septic System Install WorksThere are many elements of a septic system and they all work together to handle wastewater. However, when any one part of the system struggles, the whole system may fail to work. All the drain systems inside your home or business connect together at a single point where they leave the structure and the wastewater is led to the tank. At the tank, a "baffle" helps force the water down, so that it breaks efficiently. Buoyant things, like oil, fat, grease, and toilet paper rise back up to the top, in a layer the industry refers to as "scum." Heavier waste sinks to the bottom and accumulates a layer called "sludge." The water that remains between the two is "effluent," and it can securely leave the tank through a specially-designed outlet. Most homes have a leach field where the water drains to, but there are various systems that assure the water flows easily into the earth where the soil's natural bacteria deals with any remaining organic material. Common Reasons Drain Cleaning is NeededOccasionally, someone will flush something that has no business being in a septic tank, such as a tampon or diaper. These kinds of things can block lines promptly. Other times, accumulation from a garbage disposal, grease, or other organic waste can make the pipes too narrow for something as simple as toilet paper to pass. One of the biggest concerns is when septic pumping isn't done often enough. Most homes need it done every 3-5 years, but a home with a garbage disposal may really need it done annually. When the layer of sludge isn't removed from the bottom of the tank, it expands. Eventually, it overwhelms the outlet and fills the lines of the leach field. In any of these cases, toilets basically start to run more slowly or a gurgling noise can be heard from the drains. If left untreated, the wastewater can back up through all the drains in the house, including sinks and showers.