Cleaning your septic tank might be an unwelcome chore, but doing so can help you avoid having problems with your immediate home environment. Take this quiz and learn how to make your life easier when the time comes.
Is a drain something that needs daily maintenance?
Check the drainage traps every day.
A cup of caustic soda a day is essential.
Not really, just look for signs of trouble.
How many American homes have a septic system?
What is a septic system?
a ceramic coated water tower
a large filter system connected to the local sewer system
an underground tank for wastage collection
Into how many layers, if any, is the waste water divided in the septic tank?
What is the term used for the components of the septic tank?
How would you describe a leach field?
a collection of earthworms
stainless steel filter
a set of pipes with holes
What filters the effluent?
a leach field
What do you think happens to growths above the drain field?
nothing can grow
discoloring by the waste material
Because of their relatively simplicity, do you think septic tanks require constant maintenance?
wait for a problem
How do you empty a septic tank?
open release valve
no need - nature take care of it
What is the best way to tell when a tank needs to be pumped?
Wait for a bad smell.
Check the level.
No need, it's automatic.
When should you have the septic tank pumped.
once it begins to overflow
when the scum layer just covers the outlet pipe
when the scum layer is within 6 inches (15.2 centimeters) of the outlet pipe
How often is it recommended to have your septic tank checked?
every six months
once a month
How often does an average septic tank need to be pumped?
six to ten months
one to three years
three to four years
There are products available designed to prolong periods between pumpings. Is it a good idea to use them?
only if they smell good
anything to avoid going near the septic tank
not a good idea
What is the worst that can happen in your house if the septic tank overflows?
drainage waste flowing out of the toilets and drains
bad odors from the drains
decreased drainage flow
Could there be problems below ground?
No, the waste would flow upward.
The water you drink could become contaminated.
Not at all, the soil will filter any contaminants.
Are there any serious health hazards that could result from a septic tank overflow?
Okay, once you have had your septic tank pumped, where does that delightful load go?
waste treatment facility
dumped at sea
Is there any practical non-controversial use for septage?