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Unearthing the mystery of septic systems
If you are on a septic system, you know how important it is in keeping your family and your environment safe. Most homeowners know on-site septic systems treat sewage from homes. But how septic systems work can be a bit of a mystery. It can be hard to wrap your mind around something that is invisible!
How can you see one without digging it up? Enter interactive 3-D models of septic systems. Don’t worry! You won’t need a holodeck to see these models. You don’t even need special software. Sketchfab is an online 3-D model viewer that runs in your internet browser. Open one of the eight models on your computer, tablet or smart phone, and you’ll be able to explore the mysteries of an entire septic system—from toilet to drainfield.
For the big reveal of our new tool, we decided to bring these models to the people who talk with homeowners the most often: septic professionals. Recently, we hosted a booth at the 2018 Washington On-Site Sewage Association (WOSSA) conference. The conference drew 381 septic professionals from all over the state to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Visitors interacted with the models through two touch screen monitors.
Septic professionals saw lots of potential uses for the models. They were excited to be able to pull out their phone or tablet and walk a homeowner through their septic problem right on the spot.