Maintaining Your Septic System

You may wonder why maintaining your septic system is so important. If you live in an area whose primary method of household waste water disposal is handled by septic systems, I am sure you have heard, seen or even may have personally experienced the horrors of septic system failure. The costs associated with this system failure can be astronomical. The cleanup from such a failure is not an inexpensive process either.

What should you consider in septic system service?

The experts recommend that all such systems be inspected and pumped every 3 to 5 years. This is a standard rule of thumb in the industry. The frequency of your inspection should be determined by the size of the tank itself and the amount of household waste water that is processed by it.

A smaller septic tank will not hold or process as much household waste water as a larger one. If you are unsure about the size and the location of your tank, your service company can help you locate both the tank and the drain field and ascertain the size of the tank itself.

The amount of household waste water processed by the system is determined by the number of people in the household and the amount of waste water that is used by each of them. Toilet flushing is probably the largest contributor to waste water disposal in most homes. If your home is more than 20 years old, you may still have the original bathroom fixtures. If those bathroom fixtures are of the older style, those toilets are likely using 3 to 5 gallons of water per flush. The newer, more efficient models only require about 1.5 or gallons per flush. To reduce the amount of water used per flush, you can install “Johnny dams” which are small plastic dams that are inserted into the toilet tank. These dams section off the water used in the flushing process and will reduce the amount of water needed to perform this task.

What is involved in a septic inspection?

Your local septic service company will come to your home and inspect the plumbing that goes into and out of the tank; they will inspect the valves and filters in the tank and they will inspect the drain field. They will be looking for leaks, malfunctioning valves and clogged filters that could lead to system failure. If anything is found to be defective or deteriorating, they will alert you and plans can be made to make the necessary repairs. This regular septic system service can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in repairs or replacement of major system components. Is it time for septic service at your home?