Here is a diagram of a
typical Residential Septic System:
The best way to protect your septic system – and avoid the
inconvenience of backups – is regular scheduled pumping. Our trained
septic specialist will bring state-of-the-art equipment to your home and:
• Remove solid and liquid waste from your tank(s) and transport them away
to a safe and legal disposal site.
• Inspect your system to determine the need for chemical treatment, pipe
clearing or other repairs or preventive measures.
• Cover your tank(s) to ensure safety and environmental protection.
See our Yearly
Program Reminder Program
Any time your system becomes sluggish or backed up and you need
emergency service, you can count on Podgurski.
• Call for service any day or night, 24/7.
• Emergency pumping only (with follow-up if necessary) or full services.
781-828-0821 or 508-230-2711
Toll Free: 800-286-0404
How does a Septic System work?
A septic system is a small scale sewage treatment system common in
areas with no connection to main sewerage pipes. The term "septic" refers
to the anaerobic bacterial environment that develops in the tank and which
decomposes or mineralizes the waste discharged into the tank.
A septic tank is generally connected to the inlet wastewater pipe at one
end and to a septic drain field at the other. Wastewater enters the tank,
allowing solids to settle and scum to float. The settled solids are
aerobically digested, reducing the volume of solids. The liquid component
flows through a dividing wall into a second chamber where further
settlement takes place.
Waste that is not decomposed by the anaerobic digestion eventually has to
be removed from the septic tank or else the septic tank fills up. How
often the septic tank has to be emptied depends on the volume of the tank
relative to the input of solids, the amount of indigestible solids and the
How to avoid problems with your Septic System
• Excessive dumping of cooking oils and grease can fill up the upper
portion of the septic tank and can cause the inlet drains to block. Oils
and grease are often difficult to degrade and can cause odor problems and
difficulties with the period emptying.
• Flushing non-biodegradable hygiene products (i.e. sanitary napkins,
diapers, etc.) will rapidly fill or clog a septic tank and these materials
should not be disposed of in this way.
• The use of garbage disposals or other waste macerators for disposal of
waste food will increase rapid overload of the system and may cause early
system failure or problems. Each family should decide whether to use a
disposal understanding the possible risks to their septic system.
• Certain cleaning chemicals may damage the working of a septic tank
especially pesticides, herbicides, materials with high concentrations of
bleach or caustic soda (lye) or any other inorganic materials such as
paints, solvents etc.
• Roots from trees and shrubbery growing above the tank or the drain field
may clog and or rupture them.
• Playgrounds and storage buildings may cause damage to a tank and the
drainage field. In addition, covering the drainage field with an
impervious surface or hard-standing will seriously affect its efficiency.