Individual Sewage Treatment System

Purchasing Home with Septic System Pt2 Buffalo MNYour family has fallen in love with a property in Buffalo, MN. The home has its own Individual Sewage Treatment System (ISTS). Should you buy the house? This article is Part 2 of a 2 part series from Custom Septic, Inc. on what you need to know if you are buying a home with a septic system. In Part 1 we discussed the Wright County Point of Sale Certificate for On-Site Septic Systems. We also spoke about Septic Compliance Inspections. In this blog we will touch on how a Conventional Septic System Works and different Septic System Designs that can be found in Minnesota.


How does an On-Site Septic System Work?

You may be surprised to learn that approximately 25% of US households rely on a septic system as an Effective Wastewater Treatment System. Some form of an ISTS has been around for a very long time. In recent years a Conventional Septic System has a Septic Tank with a baffle to separate the contents or a two tank system. Naturally occurring bacteria in human waste resides inside of the septic tank. This is where the Biological Treatment Process begins.


Where Household Wastewater Goes

  1. With a typical Buffalo, MN septic system, anytime you flush the toilet, take a shower, wash dishes, do laundry or run any type of Wastewater down the drain, the contents go into a Septic Tank.
  1. Inside of the septic tank the heavier Sludge layer sinks to the bottom.
  1. The lighter Scum layer floats on the top.
  1. The liquid wastewater called Effluent, rests in the middle of the tank and is allowed to flow out through an outlet pipe.
  1. From here, the Effluent flows out to an underground Drainfield, which is system of perforated pipes.
  1. Bacteria in the Soil works to further breakdown and treat effluent.


Septic System Designs

The type of Septic System Design that is best suited to your Buffalo, MN property is determined by factors including:

  • Site location and proximity to groundwater, surface water and protected areas
  • Soil conditions such as sandy or clay
  • Size of the home and number of bedrooms
  • Statues according to local governing units


Septic System Do’s and Don’ts

  1. Septic Systems, including the Septic Tanks should be Inspected regularly to check for problems and determine performance.
  1. The Septic Tank needs to Pumped out on a regular basis to prevent clogging and malfunction.
  1. The most important aspect to rememeber is to only Flush Human Waste and Septic Safe Toilet Paper down the toilet.
  1. Avoid use of Septic Tank Additives.
  1. Spread out Laudry Loads throughout the week.
  1. Avoid overuse of Chemicals including Bleach, Antibacterial Soaps and Cleaning Products.

Following this rule and paying attention to regular maintenance and inspections can sigficantly extend the lifetime of your Individual Sewage Treatment System.


Licensed Septic System Professional

Contact Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) for Superior Septic System Services in Minnesota. We are Licensed Septic System Professionals that provide Septic Designs, Inspections and Installations in Buffalo, MN and across the state. Your individual sewage treatment system (ISTS) in good hands with CSI.

Contact Custom Septic, Inc. (CSI) for a Free Estimate at 763-218-4769

Serving the Twin Cities Metro Area and Northern Minnesota since 1996!