The importance of septic tank maintenance
It also means that certain services, including access to city sewers, are not readily available. In such cases, an independent waste disposal system or septic tank pumping companies is required, and the septic tank is the most important part of this system. It only makes sense then that regular maintenance is an important part of keeping the tank and the rest of the system in good working order.
If you currently have a home with a septic system or are considering purchasing one, you may be wondering why septic tank maintenance is so important. Mud, grease and other solids build up in the tank when the system is in use, and if not pumped out the system can clog.
This can cause backups and overflows that can damage not only your home,
but the environment as well. It can also damage the system, which can lead to expensive repairs or, in some cases, an even more expensive case, and replacement. In the case of environmental damage, the property owner is responsible for any damage and may be subject to criminal prosecution and fines.
When you look at what a septic tank is, you can see why it is important to maintain it. This is as the name suggests, a tank that collects everything that is put into the drains and toilets of the house. Each end has an opening, one connected to the housing to collect sewage and the other through which liquids can flow to the drain field. All solid waste settles to the bottom and, like any tank, sooner or later fills up.
Septic tank maintenance is really two parts; pumping/cleaning and what is put in it.
Deciding how often to clean the system depends on the system itself and how it is used. First you need to consider how big the tank is. Most tanks are between 1000 and 1500 gallons. Another factor is the amount of system usage; how many people use it consistently, whether there is a washing machine and how often it is used, what about the dishwasher and whether it is used daily.
A general rule of thumb is that a 1-2 person tank will require maintenance every 4-5 years, while 3-4 people will increase the cleaning schedule every 2-3 years. Even larger households or an overused system may need to be drained and cleaned every 1-2 years.
What’s down the toilet drain and sink can affect the maintenance schedule of the model tank.
Model tanks are primarily intended for handling sewage and water, and anything else placed in them can cause problems. Paper towels, cotton balls, sanitary napkins, or other solid materials that break down slowly or are not biodegradable can cause the tank to fill up faster than normal and cause blockages that they require expensive repair or replacement.
A complete system inspection is probably the most important part of any septic tank maintenance program. This should be done every time the service pump drains the tank. There is a small additional cost for an on-site visit, but the cost is well worth it when you consider how much it can cost to repair and replace the system.
A complete inspection of the septic system that comes with septic tank pumping includes:
1. Thorough examination of the tank after pumping and cleaning.
2. Inspect all components of the home’s plumbing system, as this may also affect the system’s performance. Connections are checked and water is passed through each fitting to ensure adequate water pressure throughout the system. By running water through the system, the inspector can also ensure that the wastewater flows into the septic tank in an acceptable manner.
3. The drainage area must be checked. A visual inspection of the surface above the drainage field is carried out to ensure that there are no obstructions in the system. If a problem occurs, small cameras on the plumber’s pipe can be used to inspect the pipes leading to the drain field.
Good maintenance is required throughout the year to keep a septic system running efficiently. Have it pumped out regularly, avoid flushing non-biodegradable or hard-to-degrade items, and check it regularly. For more information visit our websitehttps://www.allinsanitationservices.com/septic-tank-pumping-and-cleaning/.