Septic System Basics

Carol Steinfeld shares information on septic system basics, including soil absorption systems, pumping waste, septic additives and septic care.



These septic system basics will help homesteaders handle septic problems.
These septic system basics will help homesteaders handle septic problems.
ILLUSTRATION: PETER ASCHWANDEN
Get septic-system savvy: Understanding your system's innards will help you keep it in good working condition.
Get septic-system savvy: Understanding your system's innards will help you keep it in good working condition.
PETER ASCHWANDEN
Sterile urine is a good source of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, and can be diluted with water at a ratio of 1-to-10 to help your garden grow.
Sterile urine is a good source of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, and can be diluted with water at a ratio of 1-to-10 to help your garden grow.
PETER ASCHWANDEN
A laundry filter keeps particulates from plugging up your septic system leach field.
A laundry filter keeps particulates from plugging up your septic system leach field.
COURTESY JAMES VONMEIR/SEPTIC PROTECTOR

















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