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How Septic Systems Work


Most septic system consists of a septic tank and a drainfield.

Emerald Plumbing Co serves Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, St Mary’s County, Maryland and Washington DC and surrounding areas.

The septic tank digests matter and separates floatable matter and solids from the wastewater. In most, or soil-based systems, the liquid (known as effluent) is discharged from the septic tank into a series of perforated pipes buried in a leach field, chambers, or other special units designed to slowly release the effluent into the soil. This area is known as the drainfield.

Alternative systems use pumps or gravity to help septic tank effluent trickle through sand, organic matter (e.g., peat and sawdust), constructed wetlands, or other media to remove or neutralize pollutants like disease-causing pathogens, nitrogen, phosphorus and other contaminants. Some alternative systems are designed to evaporate wastewater or disinfect it before it is discharged to the soil.

Contact the experienced technicians at Emerald Plumbing Co for septic services and more at affordable rates. We offer the most advanced methods for your septic service needs.

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