When it comes to septic tank pumping and maintenance, far too many homeowners choose to take an out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach to the issue. Unfortunately, this ill-advised approach to septic maintenance can often lead to costly repairs and ultimately shorten the lifespan of your septic tank considerably. Thankfully, you can easily help to avoid these types of issues by taking a few minutes to learn more about the maintenance your system requires and then putting that knowledge to work for you.
As with most household systems, the key to avoiding costly repairs with your septic system is catching small problems before they become big problems. For instance, while a small pipe leak or blockage can be quickly repaired by a qualified contractor, these minor issues can result in a failing septic system if they are not addressed in their early stages. The most effective way to detect these issues early on is through the use of annual inspections.
When having your septic system inspected each year, it is important that you inspect not only the tank but the drain field as well. This will ensure that any drainage issues are not overlooked that could ultimately cause your tank to overflow.
Septic Tank Pumping
Properly functioning septic tanks are extremely effective at breaking down waste. However, these systems are not able to break down everything that may get washed down your drains. Furthermore, the bacterial process that allows these waste disposal systems to work will produce scum and sludge that cannot simply be broken down inside the tank. This is why it is so important to have your septic tank pumped every few years.
The frequency with which your septic tank needs to be pumped will depend on a variety of factors such as how many people live in your home and what type of waste your house produces. For instance, if your home makes use of a garbage disposal in the kitchen sink, your tank will need to be pumped more often since food waste breaks down slower, ultimately causing the tank to become full faster.
The Use Of Additives
Septic systems rely on naturally occurring bacteria in order to break down waste. However, many of the cleaning and hygiene products used today are antibacterial products. When these products are washed down the drain, they can disrupt the bacterial balance inside your septic system. The use of additives can help to replenish the bacteria levels in your tank and ensure your system continues to work properly. Talking to your septic tank contractor will allow you to determine what type and dosage of additives are best for your specific needs.
Contact a septic pumping contractor to learn more.