eptic systems are common in rural housing locations. Many people who live outside the parameters of municipal sewers depend on septic systems to solve their sewage disposal problems. Plumbers who work in areas where private waste disposal systems are common often come into contact with problems associated with septic systems. Ironically, plumbers are rarely the right people to call for septic problems, but they are often the first group of people homeowners think of when experiencing septic trouble.
One reason that plumbers are called so frequently for septic problems is that the trouble appears to be a stopped-up drain. When a septic system is filled beyond capacity, backups occur in houses. Most homeowners call plumbers when this happens. Smart plumbers check the septic systems first and find out if they are at fault.
Backups in homes are not the only reason why plumbers need to know a little something about septic systems. Customers frequently have questions about their plumbing systems that can be influenced by a septic system. For example, is it all right to install a garbage disposer in a home that is served by a septic system. Some people think it is, and others believe it isn’t. The answer to this question may not be left up to a plumber’s personal opinion.
Considering all of the questions and concerns that customers might come to their plumbers with, I feel it is wise for plumbers to develop a general knowledge of septic systems. This chapter will help you achieve this goal. With that said, let me show you what is involved with septic systems.